Book Review AND GIVEAWAY!!: Talking to Jesus by Jeannie Blackmer

It’s been a while since I’ve had a giveaway, but the time has come again! I’ll review the book and you can find the giveaway details at the bottom.

What the book is about: 

This is a devotional the goes through conversations individuals had with Jesus throughout the book of Matthew.

The author took the idea of conversations with Jesus and turning them into prayers. After all, isn’t prayer simply a conversation we have? Why not take the conversations others had with Jesus and turn them into templates for prayers?

The first part of each devotion is a fictionalized account of the conversation from the mind of the person seeking and eventually talking to Jesus. Then, she takes the basic principle of the conversation and turns it into prayer. She wraps up by sharing 3 related verses from around the Bible to sum up the point she wants to make, then invites us to do the same with an opportunity to personalize and write out our own thoughts.

What I liked: 

  • The length: Each section is only a few pages long and so it feels manageable to get through on a daily basis.
  • The package of each chapter: Each chapter feels like its own complete package, which helps me to wrap my mind around the principle contained within.
  • Applicability: The section following the fictionalized account is practical and applicable, it’s also not too lofty or overly spiritual, if that makes sense. I feel like this can work in the nitty gritty of life and not just when life feels perfect and flawless.

What I didn’t like: 

  • The fictionalized accounts: I felt the fiction section was the weakest part. I can understand that because she’s a nonfiction writer and fiction is an entirely different animal, so I struggled to put myself in the place of these people.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

Overall, I did enjoy this devotional. It gave me different ways to look at and think about prayer, reminding me that it needs to be nothing more than conversations. Sometimes it can feel hard to pray when things are at their easiest or at their hardest, but we should continue to devote ourselves to prayer, to conversation.

If I think about it in the same way I think about my friends, that really hits home the message of this devotional. I talk to them about the good stuff, the bad stuff, the boring stuff – all of it! And Jesus doesn’t even get tired of hearing from me!

I think that anyone who prays could definitely benefit from this book, but especially if you feel like you’re in a dry patch.

All these things considered, I give this book 4 stars.

4 star rating

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I received these books from the BlogAbout Blogger Network in exchange for an honest review.



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