Review: Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional

Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016), 384 pages.

Sometimes, we all need a little encouragement to start the day. Especially when we’re on a journey toward healing from “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.” And, truthfully, aren’t we all on that journey? Though this daily devotional is geared for participants in a Celebrate Recovery program, anybody will find encouragement in its pages throughout the year.

Each of the devotionals are just that: words of encouragement to continue on your path of healing from whatever addiction, anxiety, or abandonment you face. Each day is light, accessible, and a good reminder that in Christ you’re not on this journey alone (with a few written reminders to also journey with friends, family, or other supporters along the way). There’s a daily Bible verse to start and a suggested prayer to finish each reading.

On a brief aesthetic note, what I love about this volume is offset by what I don’t. It’s a beautifully bound hardcover, printed with luxurious paper inside. Unfortunately, Zondervan opted for a color combo that I find more than a minor annoyance. The blue font with orange highlights is flat out difficult to read. Zondervan needs to eliminate this trend from their books. (4 of 5 stars)

Update: I’m revising my original rating of 3 to 4. I was really harsh about the whole blue font thing. Content-wise, I’d say 4.5 as far as the devotionals go, but since I can’t rate a 4.5, I’ll drop half a star for the font issue.

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About Joshua

Joshua is the lead pastor of Massapequa Reformed Church (RCA) on Long Island, New York. He and his wife Kathryn have one young daughter. He loves coffee and board games, ice cream and sports—he's an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, UConn Huskies, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
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