Book Review: Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional
Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional is by Christian praise and worship artist Darlene Zschech. As a long time fan of Darlene Zschech's music, I was very excited to get a chance to read and review this devotional book. First of all, the book is really beautiful. It is hard cover and there is a green and gold color scheme that is carried out throughout the entire book. The book opens with a forward from the author describing the background for the devotional. In addition, it explains that there is a companion CD of the same name with songs that are intended to fulfill the same mission as the book. You can read more about Revealing Jesus at the web site.
Each devotion includes a date and title, a relevant Bible verse, devotional thoughts, and a short final prayer. The devotions are one page long. At the beginning of each month, there is a 2-page spread with art, a statement of what Jesus is or does, and hymn or song lyrics that underscore the attribute of Jesus. For example, in April, the statement is, "Jesus is the Holy One of God. He alone is Holy" along with handwritten words from the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy". A few of the devotions simply include the hymn lyrics as the meditation portion along with a Bible verse and prayer.
As a musician, I love this devotional. The words from hymns stick with me and often come to me at times when I need them. I spent many nights singing hymns to my sweet daughter when she was awake or crying. I like how practical these devotions are. The author takes the verses and explains and applies them to our daily lives. The devotion for today (April 25) was all about worry - and it was exactly what I needed today. Many devotions also address the concept and topic of worship.
The end of the book includes lyrics to Darlene Zschech's song "Victor's Crown". I've included the song below for you to watch and listen to.
I did receive a copy of this devotional from Bethany House; all opinions are my own.