Guidance and Encouragement From Isaiah

Christian - Living
102 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2022
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Author Biography

I have often found encouragement in the the book of Isaiah in the Bible. Thus, I decided to write a book that would offer readers guidance and encouragement based on specific Scriptures in Isaiah and from other books in the Bible as well. Adults and young adults alike, will benefit from the wisdom in this inspired book I have written: Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Guidance and Encouragement From Isaiah by Dionne Laborde was inspired by the author’s desire to share the benefits experienced by studying the book. Chapter One introduces Isaiah’s calling. The prophet lived in the eighth century BC and delivered messages to four of the kings of Judah. These included rebukes, assurances, and a range of instructions to people who had fallen into sin. The book of Isaiah contains powerful and beautiful promises that the Messiah would come. It tells us God longs to help. He punishes evil but also promises to bless. Beautiful descriptions of the New Earth are found in the book of Isaiah. The study is followed by seventy-one positive affirmations.

Guidance and Encouragement From Isaiah by Dionne Laborde spoke directly to me as the modern reader, making the ancient prophet’s message more accessible. I liked the way the author drew connections between the prophecy of Isaiah and other insights from the Bible. I felt uplifted when the chapter urged me to exercise my faith and claim God’s promises to Israel and Judah as my own. I enjoyed the passages that encouraged me to praise God for all he has done. As the author extrapolated the ways she applied the message to her own life, I was prompted to think seriously about my own spiritual experience. I enjoyed the sections that testified to the power and influence of God in historical times and offered insights relevant to today. This book would make an excellent addition to any devotional collection.

Philip Van Heusen

Isaiah was called by God to be a prophet to the land of Judah, which had been condemned by God because of their great evil. Isaiah was to present a call to return to righteous living, but Judah ignored his plea. God wants to restore dreams to His people, but they must be willing to change. God never fails nor gives up on His promises. The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provided all that is needed for God’s people to change. Feelings are a poor guide. Be sure to follow God. His will never contradict His Word. Pray about every decision, and don’t move unless God approves. In Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah, Dionne Laborde shares much wisdom for living a godly lifestyle based on the Scriptures.

Forgiveness includes repentance. We must learn to repent by changing our thoughts and actions and ask God to forgive us our sins. God greatly blesses those who do this. God rewards godly living. However, we must remember that we do not deserve the mercy and kindness of God. We should be forever grateful to Him. One of the most exciting things in Isaiah is his prophecy concerning the future. Christ will return, and He will create a new heaven and earth. Knowing He will return should motivate us to live a godly life. Dionne Laborde ends Guidance and Encouragement From Isaiah with a list of positive affirmations. When we walk with Christ, we realize that He desires the best for us. This book is full of Scripture and reading it is inspiring and encouraging.

Susan van der Walt

In Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah, Dionne Laborde sets out God’s plan to save humankind using the prophecies of Isaiah. This is a short book, around ninety pages, and starts with God calling Isaiah a prophet. Besides the promise of the coming Messiah, Dionne Laborde also shows through scripture how God helps those who are hurt and the blessings He bestows on his righteous children. We also learn about the New Earth and the glorified bodies we will have in heaven.

Reading Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah uplifted my soul through the answers I found about issues I’m struggling with. For example, family members who disrespect you and how God often uses difficult circumstances to change you and move you forward. It also shows us how to deal with the loss of a loved one. Dionne Laborde reminds us through Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah that God is always with us, and when we seek wisdom, he will give it to us through His Holy Spirit living in us. The Spirit brings us closer to God; He reminds us that God has not forgotten us and will do miracles and bring the breakthroughs we need.

We are challenged daily on physical, mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual levels. Guidance and Encouragement from Isaiah is a handy guide to use as a quick reference to find comfort and inspiration from the many promises in Isaiah. I love the positive affirmations based on scripture at the end of the book to help with the transition to a more positive mindset.