Thursday, February 11, 2016

Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love Devotional by Saundra Dalton- Smith

Come EmptyCome Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love
When a water vessel is filled with dirt and stones, it cannot be used to quench a thirst.
But, when this vessel is emptied, there is an opportunity to fill it until it overflows with fresh, cool, life-giving water. Water that quenches. Refreshes. Soothes.
Our souls are the same: filled with fear, doubt, and disappointment. Running over with unanswered prayers and lingering questions. When we empty the mess of our lives in the presence of God, we’re offered an invitation to come. An invitation that allows us to come empty – so that we can be filled until we overflow.
Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love guides you through fifty days of experiencing the fullness of God’s love and His ability to overcome life’s hurts. Each day, you will receive assurance of God’s presence in your difficult situations. Each devotion gives new vision and perspective when you’re hindered by emotional blind spots, and leads you to experience God’s peace and wholeness. When His invitation is accepted, He will set your captive mind and heart free to live fully by His grace. The question is not if you will get an invitation. The question is, will you come?

My Thoughts:
Come Empty is an 80 day devotional that is broken down into four sections. The first section is a fifty day devotional that helps you overcome hurts. The next section is ten days that is a devotional specific to illness. The third section is 10 day on positive emotions and the last section is 10 days dealing with gratitude, which is a total of an eighty day devotional. Each devotional has three parts, Your Hearts Cry, Bible verses and God's reply, which are super helpful. I found this devotional to be very different than other devotionals in the past because of "God's Reply", which I found to be cool. I also enjoyed the topics in this devotional where Saundra had the courage to go to places like infidelity, infertility, cancer, dementia, poverty, stress, rape, depression, difficult people, etc. She hit on topics and hurts that many authors won't touch. I would recommend this devotional to any who has gone through some difficult things or someone who is looking to move past hurts. I found this book to be encouraging. I would also recommend this as a gift to friends or family members. I have given this devotional 5 stars because the author was very brave in hitting topics that are uncomfortable for many people to address and it was well executed. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a free copy for my honest review. 
Saundra Dalton-Smith
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About the Author: 
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning "Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves."

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