Harvest House Publishers
Are you searching for a ten-minute woman’s devotional to read as you drink your morning cup of tea? If so, Emilie Barnes’ book, Meet Me Where I Am, Lord, should interest you. Barnes has a homey way of reaching the reader as she instills small kernels of instruction on how women of all ages can live a more godly life.
In the eighty-seven devotions contained in this book, Barnes is neither bombastic nor preachy in her writing. Each Bible verse that she shares is chosen with care, and is the introduction to the rest of the devotion. If the Bible verse is the introduction, then the title would be the key that prepares the reader for what will follow. The core of each devotion is then told through the use of short parables, excerpts from other authors’ writings, and events from her life. She finishes each mini-lesson with a short prayer and an action. The reader is encouraged not just to read, but to put into action some morsel she has gleaned from her reading and then to reflect on it.
Throughout the book, Emilie Barnes has interspersed many themes. One theme that she touches on is one’s relationship with God: “We can feel the gentle touch of God’s comfort, soft as a mother’s kiss, the quiet reminder that He is still here” (p.21). Another theme is one’s relationship with family and friends: “When we join forces with others we become stronger, and it becomes difficult to weaken our position. There is great strength in unity” (p. 37).
Yes, there are other devotional collections out there. However, Meet Me Where I Am, Lord reads like a comfortable chat between old friends. Barnes keeps the book from becoming one dimensional by sprinkling in short poems from such poets as Edgar A. Guest and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. She adds bits of wisdom from George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Wesley, St. Francis of Assisi, Catherine Marshal, and others. And, there are hymns that leave us humming; three of these are John Newton’s “Amazing Grace,” John Peterson’s “No One Understands Like Jesus,” and Cleland McAfee’s “Near to the Heart of God.”
Barnes has written thirty-one books; many of them are devotionals. She has also co-authored five books with her husband, Bob. So, find a comfy chair and invite Emilie Barnes in for a chat. Oh, yes, don’t forget the tea. – Vicki Borgman, Christian Book Previews.com
Bestselling author Emilie Barnes has devoted her life to helping women carve more time out of their day for family, faith, and renewal. In these short and satisfying meditations, created especially for busy women, Emilie offers
Women from all walks of life who have ever desired the lasting refreshment of God’s presence will find meditations to meet them—right where they are.
Formerly titled Minute Meditations for Women.