New Every Morning

A 31-Day Devotional

Christian - Devotion/Study
210 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2023
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Reviewed by Andy Hutchings for Readers' Favorite

This week I’ve been diving into Dr. Tim Riordan’s devotional journal New Every Morning, which takes us on a 31-day plan to explore the meaning of God’s love and the places in our lives where we can see it daily. Grounding the teachings of the Bible within the minutiae of day-to-day life, it illustrates how God’s word and the lessons shared with us in the Bible can and should be allowed to influence our daily decisions to enrich our lives with core Christian values. It is a thoroughly accessible work, breaking down the big ideas in the Bible into daily doses, each of which is easy to reflect on and apply.

I have always found the Bible has barriers for people who wish to understand its messages, such as the historical context in which it was first written and the assumption that everyone will understand the social and political backgrounds at play. Dr. Tim Riordan is not just a capable scholar who has carefully grounded his faith with this understanding but also an excellent teacher and guide for the many Christians who should pick up a copy of New Every Morning. His writing style allows for his philosophical understanding of the text and his academic knowledge of the Bible to become accessible to everyone. He brings the teachings of God into the modern world in a way that anyone on a journey of faith can access and apply easily in their lives.

Liz Konkel

New Every Morning: A 31-Day Devotional on the Mercy of God by Tim Riordan serves as a simple guide that encourages those seeking spiritual advice to spend a few minutes each day with the word of God. These daily readings serve as easy ways to connect with the Lord and aim to help establish a better spiritual relationship by explaining God’s message. The goal of the devotional is to open the minds of anyone seeking guidance on how they can apply God’s word in their lives and how they can attune their daily activities to the messages of the Bible. This biblical guide creates opportunities to reflect and pray each day for a few minutes, blending references from the Bible, personal insights, and how to incorporate each devotional musing into their living.

This is a well-organized devotional broken down into daily readings, creating an easy-to-follow month of short teachings. Each day features a different reflection but the devotional as a whole incorporates themes such as the consequence of action, God’s love, new life, new beginnings, and the goodness of God. These topics focus on how God’s grace can provide mercy and compassion in your life. There are simple prompts that help readers use this devotional as a companion for Bible study, Sunday school, and personal growth. Some of the prayers serve as journal opportunities and mediation. Breathtaking photographs can be found throughout. These add poignancy to the book through stunning visuals which primarily consist of landscapes. These lovely images provide a calming effect to the devotional that promotes contemplation and musing.

The book features personal insights from Tim Riordan through snippets of real experiences such as failing because of his actions, trying to hike while recovering from COVID, and an adorable story about his daughter’s advice for a neighbor. By adding personal elements to the book, Riordan creates a connection to himself as he becomes more relatable to those seeking guidance. A peaceful devotional, New Every Morning provides easy daily readings to inspire deeper spiritual thinking, contemplation, and peace of mind.

Philip Van Heusen

One of the best-known chapters in the Bible is Psalm 23. The last verse mentions that the mercy of God always follows us. The theme of New Every Morning: A 31-Day Devotional by Dr. Tim Riordan is mercy. Everyone needs God’s mercy. God’s justice and judgment condemn all of us to damnation. Yet, God’s mercy gives us eternal life with Him. Fairness is deadly, while mercy is kind and life-giving. It helps us understand God’s mercy and how to apply it, and teaches us that it never ends. Dr. Riordan's goal is to lead us into a personal encounter with God and a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. Because so many are confused by being told to fear God, Dr. Riordan explains what fear means in the Bible. If you want to walk with God this is a great place to begin. Each of the 31 daily devotionals will bring you closer to our Lord and Savior.

Dr. Tim Riordan breaks his devotional New Every Morning into four sections, The Nature of God, The Work of God, Responding to God’s Mercy, and Demonstrating God’s Mercy. Likewise, each daily devotional is broken into four parts. First, there is the devotional, followed by a time of reflection. Then, Dr. Riordan suggests a topic for prayer. After this, he includes a full-page picture with a spiritual saying. The design leads us on a journey of learning the ins and outs of mercy. If it were not for the mercy of God, no one would enter heaven. The writing style is simple, yet deep. The love and mercy of God flow through his texts and into our hearts. With over forty years in the ministry, I can say it is one of the best books I have read on God’s mercy. I highly recommend it.