Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Posted June 23, 2016 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christmas, giveaway, Lucinda Secrest McDowell, nonfiction / 9 Comments

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about the book

Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

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GENRE: Christian Nonfiction, Devotional
PUBLISHER: Abingdon Press
PAGES: 256

Divided into four seasons, this devotional book encourages us to dwell (Fall), shine (Advent), renew (Lent), and grow (Summer).  Each reading focuses on one word within that season’s theme and is based on a Scripture verse. Lucinda Secrest McDowell unpacks this single word with personal illustrations as well as insight from other believers and further Scripture. Some of the words in the “dwell” or Fall season include:

  • quietness
  • grace
  • courageous
  • strength
  • calm
  • spirit
  • home
  • content
  • truth
  • still
  • ordinary
  • sanctuary
  • same

While this is not an in-depth Bible study (nor is it meant to be), Dwelling Places is full of simple but profound truth.  My favorite devotion in the “dwell(Fall) season is one that expounds on the word “joy”. This thought really touched me:

Joy is God’s dwelling place, and He wants to share that with us. [based on 1 Chronicles 16:27]

Bottom Line: Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a great resource to keep by the bed or your favorite reading chair. Peaceful and full of life, the devotional readings are quick and easily accessible but the insights and challenges will linger with you throughout the day.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Excellent devotional!

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about the author

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Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry Encouraging Words. An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut.

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Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you’ll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

One second place winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda’s blog.

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What about you? Which of the 4 sections of the book – “dwell” (Fall), “shine” (Advent), “renew” (Lent), and “grow” (Summer) – do you think would be most meaningful to you?

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9 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

  1. Carrie, I read through the first few pages last night and thought it was really good. I love the quotes from writers like Amy Carmichael, Andrew Murray, etc. They’re some of my favorites.

  2. Carrie Turansky

    I just heart Lucinda speak this past weekend and brought home my own copy of Dwelling Places. Love it! Each day’s devotional gives you fresh insight. Dividing it by seasons is a very creative approach. I highly recommend it!

  3. Connie Saunders

    I think that Fall would be my choice. I really like the words she has chosen and JOY is my favorite!

  4. Carrie, thank you so much for this gracious review and for thinking “Dwelling Places” is peaceful and full of life. I couldn’t ask for a better response. May your Summer be the same…

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