I cracked open Holley Gerth’s new devotional recently and scanned the Table of Contents. I loved how each devotion has a one-word or short-phrase title that reference ways God cares for us. Of course, I zeroed in on the word “rescuer,” which keeps weaving its way into my life and turned to page 166 to read a story that starts at Niagara Falls where someone fell in and ends up in my own heart.
“I keep picturing those rescue workers. So diligent, so intent, so determined that the outcome would be one of victory. They could have said, ‘This is too much to ask of us. He’s on his own.’ They could have stood along the railing and just shook their heads. But no, they changed the ending of the story. And this is what our great God does too.” –Holley Gerth in “Hope Your Heart Needs“
Other titles in “Hope Your Heart Needs” that caught my eye were Author, Tear-Catcher, Holy-Maker, Sustainer, Grower, Advocate, Perfecter, and Purpose-Giver. Right there at the beginning, Holley gives God names rooted in truth she so beautifully shares through her words.
This is definitely a devotion that will be near so I can reach for it when I needed to be reminded God does indeed care for each one of us.
About the book
Understanding more of God’s character and how he loves us changed bestselling author Holley Gerth’s life in beautiful, powerful ways. She realized that she didn’t have to settle for “I’m fine” when there was someone whispering to her in every moment, “You’re mine.” The hope, joy, peace, and purpose she longed for were already there, in the heart of God.
Now in 52 devotional readings, Holley shares with women the answer to the restlessness they feel in their hearts that keeps them hurrying, striving, pushing. She shows them that “the God who scattered stars like diamonds across the velvet of the universe, the keeper of every sparrow, the maker of us all, is inviting us to draw closer to him. He is the place where our hearts can go on the hard days and the happy ones, in the highs and lows, when we are sad or frustrated or downright giddy. He is what we’ve been searching for all along.”
“Hope Your Heart Needs: 52 Encouraging Reminders of How God Cares for You” is a 256-page hardcover devotion that perfect size to carry around with you. It’s published by Revell (Sept. 18, 2018).
About the author
Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like “You’re Already Amazing” and “Fiercehearted.” She’s also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Connect with her at her website.
I’m a longtime fan of Holley’s work and have reviewed several of her books here (“You’re Already Amazing,” “Fiercehearted”) as well as talked about a sweet in-person time with her. She even kindly endorsed my book.
I got a free copy of this devotional in exchange for a review, thanks to Revell Reads, but these opinions are my own and I happily included it in my list of favorite devotionals.