Review of “Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure” by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith & Mary Southerland

Jaydie Johnson

4 Stars

September 1, 2012

Though I’m not much into ‘chick-lit’ unless it’s fiction by Kristin Billerbeck or bible character studies by Liz Curtis Higgs, when “Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure” advance reading copy was offered on Blogging for Books, I thought, “Hey! A devotional for women...and a sneak peek before it’s even off the presses!” And so began the two night cram session of stuffing twelve weeks worth of devotionals into only a few hours. The setup made for easy perusing as each week includes five devotional readings, alternately written by Jaynes, Smith, and Southerland, that are a page or two (on a rare occasion, three) in length, each ending with a short, contemplative prayer. Each week is concluded on the sixth day of the week by a “Now It’s Your Turn” section where Girlfriends in God (GiGs) groups (or individuals with their respective journals) can share their thoughts and reflect on that week’s previous thoughts. Despite my aversion of over girly things, many of the illustrations, quotes, and stories made me not only need a few Kleenex but also gave me cause to do some major introspection on my own ability to trust in God in and through every stituation. (As a very brief side note, the frequent unusual contractions and a few missed punctuations did grate on my grammatical brain as well as a repeat of information in the biographical section that needs deleting, most of which will be complete, I imagine, before the final publishing.) Overall, I rather enjoyed this light devotional book and would recommend to those who like to start off or finish up each day with a Scripturally based thought. Look for the release of “Trusting God” this January.

I received this book to review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. These opinions are undeniably my own, be they status quo or no :)