I recently received Yolanda Shanks book "Not Just a Hearer but a Doer" and I must say - If God had a restaurant, then Yolanda Shanks beautifully written, devotional bible study is the menu and you have carte blanche to savor and enjoy each section! This study guide book is deliciously satisfying ~ filled with scriptures, interpretations and practical applications.
"O Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
Right from the start, the author invites us to examine our spiritual faith and how we may judge others simply from appearance - including God. But truly, in the menu of God's garden, he sets the table for a beautiful life for us! We just have to be willing to taste that divine goodness and then we'll be in for a real treat!
The guide is broken up in to 31 chapters of practical applications with all relatable topics that apply to our daily lives, from being careful what we say, exercising self control, coming out of your personal comfort zone and doing the right thing, just to name a few.
Mrs. Shanks offers us this daily devotional study in a series of steps:
- Relevant topics to daily life
- Scriptural observation
- Background Biblical descriptions and Interpretation
- Application and a text area to personalize the lesson
Some of the passages in the guide that gave me inspiration are living in this secular world, with all the tempations of tv, magazines "and products promising to make us richer, thinner, prettier .. do not bring glory to God." That is truly what spiritually walking with faith is all about ~ giving him all the glory! Moreover, the analogy she shared with participating in a walk and having a hard time walked, "getting stuck is often like our Christian Life ~ the cares of this life can begin to immobilize us spiritually: stuck in the miry mud of the world, spiritually exhausted, losing one's momentum in the Christian life." Many of us can relate and it's a terrific exercise to fulfill that desire to be closer to God in the secular world of ours.
This devotional study guide will lift your spirits, make you laugh, make you think, and you'll want every chapter on your plate of faith. Mrs. Shanks is a faithful woman of God and this book is just bursting with blessings!
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