Seasons Of The Heart – Book Review
Today I’d like to introduce you to a very special book. Seasons Of The Heart – A Year Of Devotions From One Generation Of Women To Another is one of the most unique devotionals I’ve come across this year.
Unlike most devotionals that are written by contemporary Christians, Seasons Of The Heart is a collection of devotions – compiled by Donna Kelderman – that derives its wisdom from the past. All of the devotions in this book are drawn from the writings of 12 godly women from the past – 12 American and British women who lived in the 16th through 20th centuries.
Now, one of the first things you might wonder about a book such as Seasons Of The Heart is, what can you learn from these women? Do these women, who lived so long ago, have enough in common with you to warrant you investing an entire year reading their words?
Donna, the editor, addresses this issue in the Preface of the book:
Several of these women never married and were faced with the challenges of singleness, while others were widowed at a young age and faced with raising a family alone. Like many today who suffer in various ways from bodily pain, several of these women suffered from chronic ailments. A few of them encountered severe persecution. Others among them suffered from various forms of depression and trials.
God used their trials to bring their strong wills into one with their Master’s. In all these varied circumstances one truth remained constant: these women came to love the triune God and hate sin; they loved His Word and were daily immersed in it.
Another concern you might have is that some of the language might be stilted or difficult to read. Donna addresses that issue as well: during her edit of the book, she lightly updated some of the language to make it more accessible to modern readers and to provide consistency throughout the book, while preserving the overall flavor and tone of each piece of work.
Although some of the women whose writings were included in Seasons Of The Heart were published authors during their respective time periods, most of the devotionals in this book were not originally intended for publication or for the eyes of a large audience – they were informal writings derived from journals and letters.
Keeping that in mind, Donna has done an amazing job of selecting and culling these women’s original writings into devotions that speak to the spiritual needs of today’s modern women.
Each devotion contains a Scripture to reflect on and the author’s byline. At the end of the book, you will find a Scripture Index and a Biographical Sketch on each author.
What a fascinating cloud of witnesses Donna has set before us! Included among the devotional writers are hymn writer Frances Ridley Havergal (Take My Life And Let It Be), Harriet Newell (the first American to give her life for the cause of Christ as a missionary) and Susannah Spurgeon (the wife of Charles Spurgeon).
God’s Word never returns void. Each women steps out of time to speak God’s Word through the pages of this book.
Seasons Of The Heart is the perfect devotional for any woman who wants to reflect on God’s Word in a deep, rich way, with a different perspective than contemporary devotionals provide.
I rank this book 5/5 stars.
About Donna Kelderman
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.
For More Information:
- Visit the Seasons Of The Heart Blog Tour Page.
- Visit Donna’s Blog.
- Visit Reformation Heritage Books.
- Seasons Of The Heart is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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