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The New Year is a fun time to pick up a new devotional book. Honestly, I thought I was only getting the e-book to review as it’s not common for Canadians to get an actual copy of the book. So it was a pleasant surprise when I received an actual copy of this book in the mail.
And I’m glad I did, because it gave me a completely different view of how the book is laid out and works. And I have to say, I love the layout of the actual book. Plus, it makes it much easier to access the recipes that are included in the book. The size is like a workbook (8 1/2 x 11 standard size of paper).
This devotional is based on Proverbs 31 – but it’s more than a commentary on how to be a good wife. She takes time to examine each part of each verse and apply it to our lives today. Not in a, “you have to do everything and be everything” kind of way, but a practical, “this is how to work out these verses in your life” kind of way. I love her balance in defining the verses, but also how Biblical it is.
The one lesson that stood out to me was about being a servant. The author looks at the verse that says that she gave a portion to her maidens and shares how the Proverbs 31 woman didn’t expect her servants to make their own meals but that she served them and treated them as part of her family. Something I had never really seen before. Are we that much of a servant to those around us?
What I Liked
I liked the shortness of each day’s devotional. They’re not super long so I had plenty of time to incorporate my regular Bible-reading schedule after. It has a list of questions for reflection that you could leave out if wanted, but I felt they would work really well for a Ladies’ Bible Study. I loved the layout and thought it would be fun to do with a group of ladies and incorporate some of the recipes once a week as a group.
Then there is a page for prayer/journaling. I like these kinds of pages. I love journaling and I like having a place in the devotional book that I can do that. The full-sized page was really nice as I find sometimes that a lot of devotional books only give you enough room for a paragraph at best.
The unique part of this devotional is that it comes with recipes for each devotional. She gives 5 week-day meals and then a weekend wrap-up dessert recipe. I really liked how she explained why she had included recipes. Because as we study Proverbs 31, we see that it’s really about relationships. One day is meatballs and spaghetti and she talks about incorporating your kids in making the meal and working on your relationship with them. With another she talks about opening your home for hospitality and using the included recipe as your meal.
I love the uniqueness of this devotional and would love to do this with a group of ladies some time. I found it encouraging and highly recommend it.
About the Book
Author: Vickie Burns
Release Date: November, 2019
Priceless: A Devotional Cookbook Based on Proverbs 31 is a Bible study and cookbook combined. The author, Vickie Burns, takes the reader verse by verse through Proverbs 31, showing them how precious and loved they are. At the end of each day’s study, meal suggestions and recipes are provided to fill their homes with tantalizing aromas and great food. Even young children can help with meal preparation so they learn that dinner doesn’t just magically appear on the table.
For women who’ve read Proverbs 31 and felt inadequate, like they could not possibly live up to God’s description of the perfect woman, Priceless reveals that they have more in common with her than they ever imagined.
“Today’s busy mom rarely finds time to steal a few moments of peace and quiet to spend with the Lord each day,” Vickie says. “On top of that, she most likely does not take the time to flip through endless sections of cookbooks to plan a unique evening meal. Priceless encourages women to view their tasks as God’s call to an abundant life, empowers them by providing a daily word from Proverbs 31, and eases their minds by providing a full menu for the evening meal each day.”
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About the Author
Vickie Burns is passionate about showing women how to love and live the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers. Through Bible study, public speaking, and writing inspirational cookbooks, Vickie inspires women to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength; to see and love themselves as Christ does—PRICELESS; and to love others through genuine hospitality. She lives in Texas with the love of her life, Todd Burns, and they have two daughters.
More from Vickie
This book, Priceless, is not my story but it was birthed from it. I was raised in a single-parent Christian home after my parents divorced. I watched my mom handle everything: cooking, cleaning, bills, homework, a full-time job, etc. I had no idea until I became a wife and mother all that she must have been through while raising three children on her own. I do know that she had a strong relationship with the Lord and that she had friends and family support.
Today, I look back at my childhood with renewed respect for my mom. My husband, Todd and I did our best to raise our two girls to honor the Lord while we went to school for our master’s degrees and tried to keep our household running smoothly. I had the help of a husband and was still overwhelmed while working as a teacher, trainer, coach and administrator in public education. On top of that I was still a wife, mother, friend, sister, chef, chauffer, nurse and more. Over the years, as I have gotten to know other women, I realize that I am not alone. We all long for ways to balance work and family, cooking and cleaning, physical busyness and spiritual warfare.
As my heart broke for the busy women in my life (to whom I totally relate) I longed to try and make life a little easier for all of us. I began to study God’s Word for answers. As I studied, I learned that God created us for relationship with Himself and with others. I learned that sharing our burdens with one another is His design. I found out that love should drive every word and action as we relate to others. I discovered that the crazy life that we are trying to balance is actually our ministry to our families and communities. I also realized that hospitality isn’t just something that was dreamed up by Martha Stewart. God ordained hospitality from the beginning when He created Adam and Eve in His image and placed them in the garden of Eden. God touches the heart of mankind with a piece of His own. There are examples of this throughout scripture. The biggest deposit of God’s heart within us is the gift of His Spirit. This gift is what makes genuine hospitality possible today. When we touch another person’s heart with a piece of our own, we are showing hospitality, sharing the love of Christ, and making connections that impact our world. This revelation was the birth of my ministry. I call it The Heart of Hospitality. Through my writing and speaking engagements, I share with women how to see the tasks and responsibilities of our daily lives as a calling from God. Beyond that, I help women understand that viewing their lives in this way is what Jesus meant when He said He came to give us “abundant life”.
My prayer for you, as you read this book is:
- that you will be touched with a piece of God’s heart.
- that hospitality will come to mean something new to you.
- that each devotion in this book exposes your pricelessness in Christ.
- that you will know beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are rare, unique and have significant meaning to your Creator.
May God richly bless you and your household.
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