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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Believer's Journal for Everyday Faith by Kerry Evelyn is a book containing interactive prompts positioned by the author to allow readers the opportunity to put the focus on Christ, particularly for those with limited slices of time. Broken down into twelve sections, one for each month, and within those sections four weeks of content. Each month has a theme and each week begins with a scripture Evelyn titles the “focus verse”. All of these tie into a preselected “word for the year” that the reader selects themselves, with everything filtering down to daily rites with quarterly accountability, among many other things.
The first thing that jumps out on opening The Believer's Journal for Everyday Faith is that it feels like a ton of homework. A lot. And this is coming from a parent who just had to homeschool for over a year. What makes Kerry Evelyn's book more satisfying than a Zoom call and moaning kids is that it is just for me. It is mine. It is how I can cut through the chatter and commune with God. It grounds me and brings me peace. It has me journaling all that is heavy on my mind and in my heart, and all that is light and beautiful. It's a date with God that we get to have one-on-one. I found myself looking forward to it and, by the end, I felt whole...and I wanted more of Evelyn's homework. I suppose the best way to sum this up is the verse from month 10: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11.