Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Devotional Book Review: "Your Average Joe" by Joseph D. Schneller

Your Average Joe Unplugged offers a refreshing blend of honesty and humility in this daily devotional.    There is no substitute for real world life experience when addressing the doubt and struggles we all face.  Average Joe is brave enough to step into the limelight and expose doubt and fears. After drawing the reader in with honest vulnerability, Your Average Joe then has the wisdom to offer refreshment and hope from God’s Word. 
One of my favorite observations of Average Joe is “Your Today’s Encouragement”.  This offers both practical application and a spiritual growth moment. It is like Your Average Joe offers you a cup of coffee and says, “Ok, now you understand what God has for you, what are you going to do with it?” 
Your Average Joe has a finger on the pulse of the American public and that is revealed in his careful writing of “Today’s Prayer”.  Many Americans struggle with prayer.  Your Average Joe offers prayers that effectively voice being tired, worn out, beaten up, and discouraged. Then the prayer gently shifts to recognition of God’s grace and mercy. There are layers of truth and encouragement written into each prayer. By the time you finish the Your Average Joe 30 day devotional, you will know God better and have a more clear understanding of how much He loves you.  

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