Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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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.
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.
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.
PRAISE FOR DWELLING PLACES:
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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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?
God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.
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.
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.
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!', 'series_primary' => 'No', 'alternative_name' => '', 'subtitle' => 'Word Gifts for Any Season', 'parent_isbn' => array ( ), 'book' => 'Yes', 'publication_date' => MongoDate::__set_state(array( 'sec' => 1506834000, 'usec' => 0, )), 'title' => 'Ordinary Graces', 'akamai_image_path' => '828/9781501841828.jpg', 'image' => array ( 'f610f4682cef9' => array ( 'link' => '', 'index' => 0, 'caption' => '', 'url' => '/media/image/9781501841828.jpg', 'type' => 'image', ), ), 'retailers' => array ( 0 => array ( '_id' => '57bc51474c5b61ac7de4f8ea', '_display' => 'Amazon', ), 1 => array ( '_id' => '57bc52aa4c5b61ad7de4f8e8', '_display' => 'BAM', ), 2 => array ( '_id' => '57bdf1d34c5b61fb493ba4cb', '_display' => 'Barnes & Noble', ), 3 => array ( '_id' => '57bdf2c24c5b61ee493ba4cd', '_display' => 'Christianbook.com', ), 4 => array ( '_id' => '57bdf31c4c5b61ea493ba4cc', '_display' => 'Cokesbury', ), 5 => array ( '_id' => '5ed1233f1280b12c756e5c19', '_display' => 'Bookshop.org', ), 6 => array ( '_id' => '5ed123c1ae7c30836ef899e1', '_display' => 'Get It Local. Today!', ), ), '_ord' => array ( '_all' => 112, ), 'base_price' => '15.99', 'sale_price' => '14.49', 'study' => 'No', ), ), )
—Carol Kent, speaker and author He Holds My Hand
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.
—Edie Melson, Award Winning Author, Blogger, and Speaker
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.
—Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman
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.
—Cynthia Ruchti, author Mornings With Jesus and As My Parents Age
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.
—Ruth Graham, author In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart
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.
—Arlene Pellicane, author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life
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.
—Eva Marie Everson, CBA Bestselling Author, President, Word Weavers International
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.
—Sharon Garlough Brown, author Sensible Shoes novel series
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.
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
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.
—Valerie Elliot Shepard