Daily Walks with God

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
384 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Daily Walks with God is a work of non-fiction in the religious, motivational, and devotional writing subgenres and is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Marlene L Burling, this installment of 365-day devotionals follows the style of the author’s first book, A Morning Walk with God. Each daily reading, about a page in length, offers a quick yet profound spiritual insight. The book is designed to kickstart the day with encouragement and wisdom, once again drawing from the author's personal experiences. Burling's use of metaphors, anecdotes, and humor makes the devotions relatable and engaging, and her commitment to simplicity and practicality makes these devotions accessible for readers at any stage of their spiritual journey.

Author Marlene L Burling’s second devotional volume has all the charm, warmth, and insight of the first book, with even more varied topics and discussion ideas than ever before. Once again, the presence of Biblical text is well chosen and arranged, with the inclusion of scripture and a concluding prayer that enhances the overall devotional experience. This is an ideal breakfast-bar-style book, offering readers a chance to grab it with their morning coffee and experience a moment of reflection and connection with God before starting their day. In this selection, I was particularly taken with ‘How To Stay Focused’ and its revelations, which were simply put but extremely valuable and have lingered with me long since I finished reading the work. Overall, Daily Walks with God serves as a wonderful tool for anyone seeking a brief yet impactful daily spiritual practice, and once again, I would certainly recommend it to spiritual readers everywhere.

Nino Lobiladze

Fear and anxiety poison our lives in these challenging times. No one is safe from modern-day dangers. It often seems that our familiar world could explode at any minute. The questions that constantly haunt us are: Where to go? Whom should I turn to? Daily Walks with God by Marlene L. Burling tells us that we should turn to God. The author offers simple devotionals for every day of the year. These include Marlene's recollections of her personal experiences, verses from the Bible to reflect on, and beautiful prayers at the end of every chapter. Christians suffering from overwhelming guilt, people tired of the indifference and negligence demonstrated by others to the Word of God, and those needing a nudge to return to the Christian way of life will find support and consolation on the pages of this wonderful book.

In Daily Walks with God, Marlene L. Burling writes, "He is the Great I Am—big enough to create the universe yet small enough to live within us." Marlene's writing style helps us comprehend the Scriptures and avoid being lost in theological intricacies. I liked that the author defined the true meaning of the Christmas tree and her heartwarming, humorous stories, often with a touch of self-irony at the beginning of the chapters. The author finds inspiration in such an ordinary thing as a rubber band and extracts wisdom from everyday situations, like doing exercises to strengthen her shoulder after surgery. The book answers tricky questions that non-believers like to ask Christians. One of them is, "Why does God allow suffering?" Marlene gives a perfect explanation, comforting those who still doubt. Daily Walks with God had an almost therapeutic effect on me, for Marlene reminded me to trust the Lord always. This book will show the way to new Christians, who have only started living in Christ and will help those struggling to establish personal relationships with Jesus to grow in faith.

Vernita Naylor

Whether you are a believer or not, God uses different methods to get our attention. We must pay attention because we each have a purpose, plan, and assignment set for us. Author Marlene L Burling found out upon the death of her husband that the devotionals she created to help her through the challenges she faced with his death would be the tool used to help others. Daily Walks With God provides 365 devotional testimonies of her struggles where she found healing and comfort. Each day the stage is set as if the author and reader are sitting down and discussing a situation and the circumstance being experienced. Then with each discussion, a scripture is applied to comfort the hurt, and prayer is said to satisfy the soul. The inspirational and motivational lessons that the reader receives will be essential to their journey, whether it is to feel loved, seek healing, calm loneliness, or live life abundantly. God has the answers to your prayers even in the silent moments.

Daily Walks With God by Marlene L Burling is a beautiful resource that can be used to either help you through those tough times, renew your relationship with God, or keep your connection with God fresh and new. Every time you read this book, you will discover something different about who God is in your life and in how you hear and listen to Him. This book is ideal not only for individuals but also for group sessions to help keep and maintain accountability as you would with a Bible Study group. Let God give you a hand in comforting you and show you that you do not walk alone but with a Father who loves you, cares for you, and has your best interests at heart. Highly recommended.

Doreen Chombu

Every day is a blessing that should be celebrated with loved ones, and what better way to do so than to start the day with a devotion that reminds us of God's goodness and mercy in our lives? Daily Walks with God by Marlene L Burling is a collection of devotional studies designed for daily reflection throughout the year. Each study aims to deepen your faith and strengthen your relationship with God. The book covers themes of Christian growth and living, God's continuous love and protection, and the cleansing of sins. The author emphasizes the importance of standing firm in the Lord in all circumstances and not conforming to the world's ways. The devotions also include real-life testimonies from the author, providing readers with inspiring stories to follow.

Daily Walks with God is one of the most unique devotional studies I have ever read. The book stands out because it combines stories, scriptures, and prayers, all of which make for a captivating read. Marlene L Burling did a great job of conveying the messages and passionately delivering each word. Her enthusiasm shines through, making the messages impactful and engaging. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed is that some days' narrations connected stories to the next day, adding an element of suspense that keeps readers interested. The book is well-written with beautiful designs, which make it look neat and organized. The messages are powerful and speak to our modern generation. They also cover stories from the Bible, showing God's never-changing faithfulness toward his children. I believe this book is a must-read for believers and non-believers because everyone is bound to find a lesson that will transform their lives. Overall, it is great work that I highly recommend.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Daily Walks with God is a one-year devotional study by Marlene L. Burling. The book covers various topics related to Christian living, encouraging believers to remain faithful and trust in God's love and guidance. The journey of a Christian requires patience, and it is essential to be compassionate toward others and be a testimony to them. The author urges fellow believers to put on God's full armor, be prayerful, and always be prepared for temptations and attacks from the Devil. She encourages them to be proud Christians who do not compromise but are ready to serve the Lord and trust that He is always there to forgive their sins. The book also discusses topics such as teaching our children about God and being thankful for God's blessings and protection. Less addressed topics like the fruits of the Spirit and inviting the Holy Spirit to be the guide in our lives are also covered. If you want to enjoy all these messages and more, pick up a copy of this book today and taste God's word every day for a year.

Daily Walks with God is a study that offers profound lessons to strengthen your Christian faith and transform you. Although it's a daily devotional, it can also be read as Marlene L Burling's journal, as most entries are personalized and give a glimpse into her creative thought processes and daily life with Jesus Christ. The book is engaging and easy to read, with humorous and emotional family stories, anecdotes, and song lyrics added. The studies are short, making them perfect for those who have busy schedules and do not have much time to connect with God. The book is well-organized and visually appealing, with floral designs and a consistent format of a story and message followed by a short scripture and prayer. Each day presents a new message, enriching the soul, and even holidays like Independence Day and Christmas Day have messages that correspond with the celebration. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enrich their Christian faith.