When I first learned about this devotional I was intrigued. I've been wanting to study out Proverbs 31 in a more deeper study so this came at a perfect time. The devotional is broken up into six sections. Each day within the section has a reading based on the verse, a page with questions that apply that reading, a prayer/journal page and then a recipe page. This book focuses on hospitality along with being a virtuous woman. I actually quite like the questions and the journal pages. The recipes were easy to do which is also another plus.
I feel a little mixed about this book in general. I did not care for the introduction. There were two instances I looked things up and wasn't quite sure where the information came from. (The first being the definition of Proverbs given as "to be like" - can anyone point me in the direction to that definition?) (the second was who King Lemuel is, personally I think that is open for interpretation but it is implied in this book it is King Solomon.) Now, when I dug deeper I really liked what each devotional was saying and how they were laid out. I like it enough to continue to do the book but I will cross reference and study along with what is being said.
The concept of this book is awesome. It is one of the best books to study (Proverbs) and the best chapter (31) for wives and mothers to take time to learn about. I love the workbook style as that has been really what I've been leaning to lately in my bible study time. I think this book is a neat study and I'm looking forward to working through it. The theme of motherhood, Proverbs 31 and hospitality is perfect for where I am in life. My mom was the Proverbs 31 women. She passed away in 2018 and her hospitality is something I greatly miss. She taught me so much about that and I feel like God has given me that gift as well. It makes me fondly think of her when I'm reading this devotional.
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 VickieThis 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.
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