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About the Book
Book: 21 Days of Grace
Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.
I haven’t read a lot of devotionals in the past, mainly because I have struggled to find one that I liked. However, I loved 21 Days of Grace! I loved how each day was a short story dealing with the theme of grace and that there was a “Life Application” section at the end of each day that showed more directly what the author intended to convey about grace to the reader. Another aspect that I liked about it is that each day was a story by a different Christian authors, some that I have read before and others that I definitely want to check out some of their other works soon.
There are a few entries that I would like to highlight that were either my favorites or that I didn’t really like:
Promptly at Seven by Barbara Curtis:
I loved this story about the waiter and the old couple and his compassion to old couple after he finds out why they haven’t been to his restuarant in a while. I am pretty sure I was tearing up at the end because it was so touching!
Rag Doll by Kathy Ide:
This was one of my favorite stories in 21 Days of Grace and I wish it was at least a novella because there is so much more that I want to know about what happens to Megan, both during the story and after it has ended.
The Pain Redemption by Roxanne Anderson:
This entry was the only one I didn’t like in the whole devotional, partly because I found it kind of unsettling. I felt like it seemed to leave out the fact that Christ is God and that it stripped Him of some of His attributes and it seemed like He was portrayed as being ignorant. It just didn’t sit well with me, but maybe I missed something while reading it.
Despite there being a couple of entries that I didn’t like, I did enjoy this devotional and I definitely want to check out the others in this series. I am giving 21 Days of Grace 4/5 Stars because it was a good devotional and its appeal to fiction lovers.
About the Author
Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com
Guest Post from Kathy Ide
I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.
To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:
1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!