Hope Your Heart Needs by Holley Gerth is a beautiful devotional with a cushioned, hard-bound cover. It’s smaller than I expected—(4 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches), but I actually love that it fits in my purse.
Each of the 52 devotions begins with a Bible verse, followed by an endearing story that drew me into the heart and character of God.
I reviewed her book Fiercehearted, and as it did then, her writing makes me want to slow down and savor each word. Her creative use of metaphor and simile invokes emotion and spiritual connection. Take for example, the chapter I Am, as she describes God’s presence:
“I felt a certain presence, a falling of peace like silent snow settling on our hair and shoulders. Sifting down to our hearts. I know this feeling—this kind of moment when divine intersects the ordinary and suddenly you are in a holy place because heaven is so near and you can feel its soothing breath like a mama’s kiss on the curve of your neck.”
And how her burdened friend is uplifted in this chapter titled, Friend:
“Then someone made a funny remark and the tension breaks into the confetti of laughter.”
Or how she felt nervous at a new small group in the chapter, Deliverer:
“I fiddle with the bracelet on my wrist like a junior high girl would, as if it has magic somewhere under the gold. I want it to make these people like me, blind them to the dark roots in my hair, close their ears to my awkward small talk, make them smile and nod and ask, “Will you be my friend?”
I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, and the reason I love this devotional is that it still presses deep into the places I need.
All of the devotions cause you to think about God’s love and find hope in who He is.
I highly recommend Hope Your Heart Needs. Each story is beautifully written and enjoyable to read.
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.