Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 13 books including Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season and Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season?, has contributed to an additional 30 books, and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry “Encouraging Words.” An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell directs reNEW—retreat for New England Writing and has also worked in radio broadcasting and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut. Find her online at EncouragingWords.net.

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Dwelling Places

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Ordinary Graces

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                    [description] => Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a
deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?<br>
<br>
If you're tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word
a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest
McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God's Word for
wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.<br>
<br>
Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word -
such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace - to reveal a biblical
blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and
illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each
devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking
directly to you.<br>
<br>
These "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promise and presence
cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the
midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or
changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.<br>
 <br>
<br>
PRAISE FOR DWELLING PLACES:<br>
<br>
“As there are seasons of the year so there are seasons in our walk with
Christ. In Dwelling Places, Lucinda McDowell takes us on a gentle
sojourn through words that inspire, encourage, educate and magnify the
Lord.” ~ Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author <br>
 <br>
“If you’re looking for encouragement based on God’s Word, read Dwelling
Places. Lucinda Secrest McDowell has taken 130 key words from the Bible
and created powerful devotions that will comfort, exhort, and bless you
daily in every season of the year.  Her powerful stories and poignant
ending prayers will capture your heart and point you towards hope and
truth. Buy one copy for yourself and ten more to give away!” ~ Carol
Kent, speaker and author of Waiting Together and Unquenchable<br>
 <br>
“In Dwelling Places, Lucinda Secrest McDowell elevates devotions to a
new level. As always, McDowell uses some of the best quotes you will
read this year, but she adds to them her special brand of storytelling
as well as teachings that will minister to your soul. A masterful
devotional, managing to be both short and deep at the same time.” ~
Tessa Afshar, Christy, award winning author of Land of Silence and
Fields of Grace<br>
 <br>
“I never miss a new book from Lucinda Secrest McDowell. Her writing is
so real and warm and down-to-earth, and at the same time
thought-provoking, profound, and theologically grounded. A rare
combination! Dwelling Places offers readers deep moments of reflection,
inspiration, and encouragement that will stay with us throughout the day
and throughout the seasons of our lives.”  ~ Christin Ditchfield,
syndicated radio host, speaker, and author of What Women Should Know
About Facing Fear <br>
 <br>
“Dwelling Places is balm for the soul, resonate and full of life,
bringing the Word to dwell with me as I pondered each of the daily words
long after I'd finished reading them.” ~ Christa Parrish, Christianity
Today award and Christy award winning author of Still Life and Stones
for Bread<br>
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                    [description] => <p>Everyone loves to receive a gift. And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?</p>
<p>God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage. </p>
<p>Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.</p>
<p>Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life. </p>
<p>Ordinary Graces is filled with sweet surprises.  Lucinda Secret
McDowell presents her readers with one powerful word gift a day.  She
skillfully defines it within a biblical context, and then challenges us
to take an action step.  This devotional will transform the way you live
each day.  I highly recommend it!<br>
—Carol Kent, speaker and author He Holds My Hand <br>
<br>
Author
Lucinda Secrest McDowell has given us an extraordinary book with her
newest release, Ordinary Graces, Word Gifts for Any Season. Although
this wonderful resource is one you'll always want close at hand, it's
also one that you'll find yourself sharing with those you meet who need
encouragement and hope. McDowell is an author you'll turn to again and
again when you're looking to connect with our Heavenly Father in a
deeper, more intimate way. Truly a book that is a gift to us all.<br>
—Edie Melson, Award Winning Author, Blogger, and Speaker<br>
<br>
Lucinda
always brings me to a place  closer to God, deeper in the Word, happier
in relationships and more joyful in life with Ordinary Graces.<br>
—Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman<br>
 <br>
Whether
read one day at a time or in a season of refreshing, Ordinary Graces by
Lucinda Secrest McDowell offers focused reflection on key,
attitude-altering words. McDowell's interweaving of quotes from other
thoughtful considerers adds even more depth to the beautifully expressed
ponderings.  <br>
—Cynthia Ruchti, author Mornings With Jesus and As My Parents Age<br>
 <br>
Little
did Lucinda Secrest McDowell know that my ‘life verse’ is John 1:16:
‘For of His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.’ In
Ordinary Graces, Lucinda has conveyed the strategic importance of
looking for and finding God's grace in our everyday lives. His grace
does transform our lives. Gently. Tenderly. Wonderfully. The words she
has chosen are exquisitely real and important to my life—and yours.
Indulge in the grace-filled truth she is sharing. Take it for yourself. <br>
—Ruth Graham, author In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart<br>
 <br>
What
a delight to slow down for a few minutes of quiet with this beautifully
written devotional, Ordinary Graces.  In a world of hurry, Lucinda's
words remind us there is grace and strength available if we will just
stop to receive.  Each day's reading will speak to you from Scripture
and change your life for the better.   <br>
—Arlene Pellicane, author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life<br>
 <br>
In
the beginning was the Word ... and there were words ... and they all
had meaning and they were good for the spirit of man. And then Lucinda
Secrest McDowell came along and took ordinary words and ushered in
ordinary graces. These are the words you'd expect in a book such as
this, words like gift and life. But there are also words one doesn't
expect, words like broken and anger. And perhaps my favorite word of
all, sleep. In Ordinary Graces, Lucinda gives us a glimpse of the
ordinary to the extraordinary, highlights of her heart, and moments
within the heart of God. Close enough to hear His heartbeat.<br>
—Eva Marie Everson, CBA Bestselling Author, President, Word Weavers International<br>
<br>
Ordinary
Graces is the sort of book I can return to again and again for wise and
gracious words that encourage, challenge, inspire, and comfort. A feast
for the soul.<br>
—Sharon Garlough Brown, author Sensible Shoes novel series<br>
<br>
When
I buy a devotional, I want to know that I’m getting profound insights
that are theologically grounded, yet relatable to my everyday, ordinary
life. That’s exactly what Lucinda Secret McDowell offers in Ordinary
Graces. I wanted to underline something in every paragraph, and I found
myself reflecting on her words when I went about my day as a mom and a
wife. This beautiful devotional will minister to your heart and lead you
straight to the source of all grace: Jesus.<br>
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol<br>
 <br>
Ordinary
Graces is a short excellent daily devotional, with a Scripture verse
and then practical ways on how to put the presence of God in the
forefront of our day. Each one is named with a word we use in our
everyday lives which Cindy knows how to capture in an excellent
illustration.  She writes beautifully and succinctly of the things we
need to hear, usually with some humor and sharing a fascinating story
from her own or a friend's life. At the end of each day's devotion, she
writes a short intimate message from God to us, always aligned with the
truths of Scripture. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to
grow in knowing God. <br>
—Valerie Elliot Shepard</p>
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