Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Story Time . . . INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS by Alicia Britt Chole

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Intimate Conversations:
Devotions to Nurture a Woman's Soul

by Alicia Britt Chole

It's not often I pick up devotionals. I like the idea of them, but I inevitably get started and then either forget or get bored. But when I opened a package from Revell and saw this lovely purple cover, I went, "Ooo. Pretty." It was enough to get my attention, so I put it on my personal shelf, and the next morning I grabbed it, sat down, opened it up, and had a good laugh. Here's the opening to the first chapter:

Good morning, God, I'm so gra--(excuse me, God). "You can have a snack after lunch!"
I'm so grateful for the--(just a second, God). "Your shoes are in the laundry room."
I'm so grateful for this time we ha--(sorry for the interruption, God). "They're there. Moooove things."
I'm so grateful for this time we have together to--(God I think we'll have to continue this lat--). "No, you are not old enough to change baby's poopy diaper. I'M COMING!"

This is so my life, and most of my prayer attempts, that I was hooked. I knew that this would be a devotion by a woman who really understand how pulled apart a lot of modern women are, even those of us blessed to stay home with our ever-demanding children.

Each chapter starts with a little anecdote that perfectly illustrates the deep, emotional points the author makes throughout. The chapters are two pages, with suggestions for thought and journaling opportunities at the end of each. I've gone through about a quarter of them and love how she makes me think, but not in a way that feels like work, if that makes sense.

The book has 52 chapters, each one meant to be thought over for a week. Given that my attention span revolves around a toddler and preschooler, I decided there was no way I could devote a week to each one without forgetting what it was I was doing, so I've been reading a chapter each morning. I've found that the issues she brings up stick with me not only through the day, but weeks afterward.

I'm nowhere near done this devotion yet, and am grateful for that. =) I'm really enjoying sitting down with it each morning and seeing what little nugget of wisdom the author will expound on today. She combines depth with levity in a way that really appeals to me and reaches me on my level. As gorgeous on the inside as it is on the out, I can't recommend Intimate Conversations enough. It's inspired a few of those between me and the Lord over the last few weeks, and I know it'll foster more as I go.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fantastic devotional. I too get bored with devotionals. I wish that wasn't the case, but it is true.
    Thanks for the review!