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Daily Blog: 366 Days of Inspiration
Author: Jim Laffoon, Newsboys
Walk into any bookstore and you are likely to find at least several shelves of devotional books. You will find devotionals based on old classics such as Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest. To be quite honest you will probably find several versions of those classics, including ones with updated text and even ones with journals. In an average devotional section, you will find devotionals for teens, girls, boys, men, women, and almost every subgroup you can think of. Your favorite author will probably have some sort of devotional available, many popular authors do. In recent years it has become popular to market devotional versions of popular books, such as The Prayer of Jabez and The Purpose Driven Life to name two examples.
Our Daily Blog by Jim Laffoon manages to stand out from the mix. Each day is listed by date (such as January 1, January 2, January 3, etc) which means it can be used year after year without any trouble. As the title alludes, the devotional even includes February 29th. Each devotional starts with a verse about a key Biblical character. The devotionals starts with Adam and Eve and go all the way through to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patrmos. After the verse, Laffoon tells the the context of the verse in primarily a story form and follows that up with an application.
So what about the Newsboys? How much do they contribute? Should a fan buy the devotional just for their part (avoiding the question of buying a devotional solely for the purpose of reading the writings of an artist and not for its spiritual purposes)? At the end of each devotional, one of the Newsboys contributes a short, insightful thought. For the average fan this probably is not worth the price of the whole devotional. Only die-hard fans wanting to complete their collection of everything Newsboys will find that the short thoughts are worth buying the devotional for.
Was one of your New Year's resolutions to spend more quiet time with God? Our Daily Blog would be a great way to do it.
Burton Wray 2/03/06