Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Seasons of the Heart by:Donna Kelderman

Seasons of the Heart: A Year of Devotions from One Generation of Women to Another by Donna Kelderman
About the Book:
"Perhaps some of the most challenging yet tender words ever penned come to us from the writings of godly women of the past. Selected by Donna Kelderman as daily readings, here is a collection of such writings. And who can tell what blessings may be in store for us with a year spent in the company of women like Ruth Bryan, Mary Winslow, Susannah Spurgeon, Frances Ridley Havergal, and many others?" Faith Cook, author of Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Lady Jane Grey: The Nine-Day Queen of England, and several other titles.

About the Author:
 Donna Kelderman is a pastor s wife and mother of six children, one of whom is married. Her family resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where her husband, Mark, is dean of students and spiritual formation at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Donna is active in the seminary s Ministry Wives Institute, seeking to teach and encourage wives of the seminary students.

My Review:
 Set in multiple time periods, the author took some of the most beautiful words written by Christian pioneers of their day and turned it into a lovely devotional sure to get to the depth of your soul with their touching tributes to our Father. I read through many of the devotions in the book along with the short biographical summaries of some of the strongest, bravest women I have ever heard of. Some of the things these women had to deal with seem mountains above what I have to face each day. 

 The lady that touched me the most and her plight bringing tears to my eyes was Mary Winslow. A woman that was handed a horrible blow when her infant daughter and her husband both passing away at virtually the same time leaving her in a new land with 9 growing boys to provide for. This woman with the odds stacked against her is using the words that came to her all those years ago to comfort me in my circumstances is nothing short of amazing. Out of all the ladies she was my very favorite!

 Susannah Spurgeon, wife of the famous C.H. Spurgeon, seemed very real to me. Probably the reason because she felt like God was getting more of her husband than she was. And it was only after visiting with her mother she came to realize after some guidance from her, that her husband was no ordinary man that he was a chosen man set aside for God's purpose, she went home to him and stayed by his side until his duties to the Lord were through.

 Amazing women set aside to show us, after all these years, standards and instructions that we should still live by today. Their words, many of them so touching and heart felt have a way of you wanting to stand along side them and soldier on no matter the cost. This devotional is good for the entire year, one read each day. Simple and right to the point, with Bible verses and small biographical summaries included.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Cross Focused Reviews.