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What Really Matters

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I received an ARC of this book from Discovery House Publishers via NetGalley, this review is my personal opinion.

This devotional is base on three specific topics: Faith, hope, and love. We have a recollection of known authors of Our Daily Bread. With a small verse, a bible reading, and interesting reflection and finally a small declaration. What I like about this devotional is that even do they have the same structure, we have different writers with experience and visions on life. With an easy language and uplifting message, I believe that this devotion is a great addition to our Bible study time.
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This daily devotional was really encouraging. I really loved that each ancedote always went back to Christ,
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I love these compilations of devotions by Daily Bread. Each day has a verse and a section of verses to read with a page long devotion. Devotions are short, but encouraging in a Christian's life. Many devotionals are more about the author than God's word, but Daily Bread keeps there publications to the growth in your faith. I would encourage others to purchase this book if looking for a new devotion for the New Year.
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The Bible talks about Faith, Hope, and Love
"What Really Matters: Faith. Hope.. Love. 365 Daily Devotions from Our Daily Bread" was compiled by Our Daily Bread Ministries and printed by Discovery House. The book is a collection of "Our Daily Bread" articles and focuses on the three eternal traits (Faith, Hope, and Love) of the redeemed. Those "subtitles" are linked to 1 Corinthians 13. The general editor, Dave Branon, states that those are the ones that really matter. The daily contribution deal with one of these three traits. They are based on a specific Bible passage that should be read before the devotional. Then the devotional by one of the authors is introduced with a Bible verse which is sometimes, but not always, taken from the daily reading. The contributors explain the verse, most often with examples from their own experience or from the live of other Christians., sometimes also challenging the readers (e.g., Dave Branon on Jan 5: "As you think about your situation, how do you see God's role ..."). Every contribution concludes with a brief quote. 
The links in the table of contents in the digital version allow readers to jump to the first day of each month. This is very helpful as well as the scripture index containing verses and dates at the end of the book is a really helpful tool when readers want to search for the contribution to a specific verse. The short devotionals (about two to three pages) can be used as an encouragement when the readers do not have a lot of time for Bible study and I recommend the book for these uses. I do not recommend the book for readers who are looking for an extensive Bible study since this is not the goal of the book.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Always encouraged by the authors of Our Daily Bread Ministries. This book reassure that there is hope in the despair, boost your faith, and refresh your love, as the essential weapon in your life. Made for a whole year, it will help you rediscover yourself and your purpose in what really matters.
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The beauty of this devotional is in its simplicity. Each daily devotional is built around faith, hope, or love. There is a verse followed by a story and further connection to Christ's teaching. I appreciate that each daily devotion was short, but the message stuck with me. The message was relatable , and they use everyday experiences in unexpected ways to explain how we can live more in our faith. This was something I could easily see myself working through and revisiting often. In fact, I have already started working through the current dates with the assigned devotional. As someone who has not used a devotional book previously, this is the ideal collection for me to begin this process!
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Great collection of stories that tie in well with the BIBLE verses given, allowing us a daily reminder of what really matters.  It is a great book for anyone looking to have a new year with a daily reminder of the work God does in our lives.  365 essays, one for each day of the year.
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What Really Matters is a heartfelt devotional focusing on the themes of hope, faith and love. Each day begins with one of those themes as well as a Bible verse to read before a passage to deepen your thoughts on each verse. An inspirational quote ends each section. These sections are quick–all run about three pages. Perfect for when you want a quick read in the morning or to share with a friend over coffee to start your morning off. Enjoy Lisa
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This book was disappointing. Each daily entry starts by telling the reader to read a Bible verse, but the verse isn't listed in the book. Of course I could get my Bible out and look up the verse, but it seems odd for it to not be included in a devotional book. The reflections on the Bible verses were quite shallow. I read for a while and then gave up.
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I read through this book really fast to post this review. This is a wonderful book and would make a great gift. Each day has a bible verse and a story. This book is full of daily encouragement. Thank you Discovery House via NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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What Really Matters is about just that.  This book of short readings, one for each day, is about living a life in accord with one's values and beliefs.  Taking the few minutes in the morning (or later) to pause, read and reflect, is a wonderful way to have a day that is filled with kindness and mindfulness.  There are suggestions for bible verses to study which I think readers may delve into further should they wish.  I myself don't.  The book is geared towards those who are Christian but the underlying messages are for everyone.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A collecton of articles from Our Daily Bread, "What Really Matters:  Faith, Hope, Love" offers readers a year's worth of devotionals that are challenging, encouraging, and practical.  The articles focus on these three characteristics which spur us on in this life and anchor us for eternal life with Christ in heaven.

If you're looking for a full-fledged Bible study, this book is not for you, but if you're looking to start or end your day with a few verses of Scripture and a short devotional thought, then this book is exactly what you're looking for.  It's very biblically founded (thanks to Our Daily Bread's commitment to truth). "What Really Matters: Faith, Hope, Love" offers snippets of Bible teaching as well as encouraging stories of God at workin various ways.  If you're looking for a quick, in-and-out kind of spiritual focus each day, "What Really Matters" fits the bill.

Note:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.  The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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I absolutely adore this daily devotional; I have used it every day since receiving an ARC from Netgalley. The daily devotional isn't too long nor bland; there is a daily verse to start with as well. The devotional is based off the verse of the day, which is followed by a story that relates to it, then ends with an encouraging sentence.
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What a great book! I read through it pretty quickly today, so it wouldn't take me 365 to get a review, but I'm definitely looking forward to starting the new year fresh with this!

What Really Matters is a heartfelt devotional focusing on the themes of hope, faith and love. Each day begins with one of those themes as well as a Bible verse to read before a passage to deepen your thoughts on each verse. An inspirational quote ends each section. These sections are quick--all run about three pages.

I'd recommend this to anyone seeking to explore their Christian faith or who is looking forward to deepening their Biblical reading/understanding. 

Random thought--I loved learning that legend has it that Idaho is named from a Shoshone word meaning "Behold! the sun rising over the mountain." That imagery really stuck with me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Discovery House for providing this review copy.
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