Book Review: God Is Our Help by Patricia Raybon

Posted May 12, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, devotional, nonfiction, Patricia Raybon / 2 Comments

God Is Our Help book review

God Is Our Help by Patricia RaybonGOD IS OUR HELP by Patricia Raybon
GENRE: Devotional (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Our Daily Bread Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 208

Where do you go when you need help? Who do you turn to?

In times of trouble, you may be tempted to worry, yell, cry, or run. But there is a God whose loving faithfulness and promises can bring you strength and hope. God Is Our Help offers 8 weeks of daily devotions from Patricia Raybon, an Our Daily Bread author who writes tenderly around issues of grace, harmony, and forgiveness using the wisdom of the Bible.

Drawing on her lived experience as an African American woman as well as her observations from around the globe, Patricia shares comforting insights from Scripture and urges you to cling to God in all circumstances. With relevant cross-cultural stories, her warm writing points you to Jesus as the only firm foundation through every challenge.

Learn to lean on God more fully with devotional themes including love, reconciliation, and unity. See how God can be your strength in any situation, no matter how difficult.

“He rescues indeed, as only He can. There is no greater rescuer.”

Every time I read something that Patricia Raybon has written, it’s like my soul gets a warm hug. So I jumped at the chance to read her new devotional, God is Our Help, and yep she did it again – spoke right to my soul. When I first picked up this devotional, I thought that was the only reason I’d be reading it – just to soak in her insight and wisdom and the way her words consistently point me to Jesus. But then my husband lost his job unexpectedly, and just like that I was clinging to these daily & weekly readings as timely reminders to put in front of my anxious heart so that my eyes looked to my Helper and not to the uncertainty.

“…in the end it’s all about God.

And God – our All – is our Help.

Help when we can’t, for the life of us, find help that actually matters. Help when we’ve run dirt-dry and can’t find one decent drop of water to quench our tough spiritual thirst. Help when nothing else can help…”

The 8 weeks of devotional readings are full of Scripture, prayer, applicable anecdotes, thoughtful questions, and Raybon’s conversational-but-also-rich writing voice. She gets to the heart of the matter – Jesus – and keeps pointing us right back to Him from start to finish. I loved how each week begins with a longer, more in-depth reading (I drank in every single word of these – such wonderful insight) which leads us into 5 shorter readings that help us continue to meditate on different aspects of that truth throughout the week. I also really enjoyed the cross-cultural perspective as well as the emphasis on praising God in the storm and extending His help to others.

“We need Him. Every hour. Our days without Him would be incomplete and empty. So He invites us to seek Him. Then, glory to God – He and His help are forever here.”

Bottom Line: In God Is Our Help, Patricia Raybon takes us to the throne of grace and invites us to reach out to the One who came to rescue us. Each devotional reading is insightful and encouraging, reminding us with well-chosen Scriptures and engaging stories that we aren’t alone and that He meets us where we are. I really enjoy this author’s writing voice – whether it be in fiction or non-fiction – and this book is no exception. It felt like sitting down to talk about Jesus over a cup of hot chocolate, and I appreciated the multi-generational and multi-cultural perspectives. God is Our Help would be a marvelous addition to your morning devotional routine, or given as a gift to someone who needs a Rescuer.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Patricia Raybon

Patricia Raybon is a Christy Award-winning author of books, essays, and novels, many at the intersection of race, faith, and grace. A regular contributor to Our Daily Bread, she also writes the new Annalee Spain Mystery series set in 1920s Colorado. Her first standalone title for Our Daily Bread Publishing is God Is Our Help: Our Daily Bread Reflections for Living with His Love and Strength. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she and her husband Dan, a retired educator, live in Colorado. Find her online at

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2 responses to “Book Review: God Is Our Help by Patricia Raybon

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on GOD IS OUR HELP by Patricia Raybon. Sounds like a wonderful read.

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