Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell | Blog Tour and Season of Refreshment Giveaway

Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s new book, Dwelling Places. 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.

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you’ll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

One second place winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda’s blog.

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{More about Dwelling Places}

Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season (Abingdon, June 2016)

Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Lucinda McDowell

{More About Lucinda McDowell}

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is passionate about embracing life — both through deep soul care from drawing closer to God, as well as living courageously in order to touch a needy world. A storyteller who engages both heart and mind, she offers “Encouraging Words” to all on the journey. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, Cindy is the author of 13 books, including “Ordinary Graces,” “Dwelling Places,” “Live These Words,” “Refresh!,” “Quilts from Heaven” and “Role of a Lifetime.” Whether co-directing the “reNEW – retreat for New England Writing,” mentoring young moms, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages.

Find out more about Lucinda at http://EncouragingWords.net.


“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



    In this book, McDowell searches out ways for us to settle down and dwell in a place of calmness and serenity, rather than busyness and noise. The devotions are short and refreshing.

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RI63YGS59HWCL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I have fallen in love with this devotional…what a wonderful refreshing way to start your morning. It left me feeling loved by God and gave me thoughts to meditate on throughout the day that just seemed to be what I needed. God definitely speaks through these lovely words.
    DWELLING PLACES is encouraging and a blessing, a rejuvenating summer devotional. I’m looking forward to the other three seasons in the book.

    Written by Deco My Heart on July 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2SAMUDFGRTCK8/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    An excellent new devotional from Lucinda Secrest McDowell, Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season offers great encouragement rooted in God’s truth. For any reader in need of a new devotional to explore, be sure to check out Dwelling Places – it’s worth it.

    Written by Book by Book on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R20GNXJTU4Z072/


    In my experience with devotional books, Dwelling Places offers a more creative approach to experiencing scripture and applying it to daily life and as a result it immerses you into Gods word, and as the Psalmist says, offers you a dwelling place in the house of the Lord forever.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on July 5, 2016


    Sometimes one of the nicest things to have is a devotional book, one that reaches you were you are and you can really relate to.

    Dwelling Places is just such a book. The book is divided into four sections, one for each season of the year and seasons in your life. I really enjoyed the section for Fall. Not only is it my favorite time of year, but Lucinda used that time of year to focus on Dwell. Often I let my life get the best of me and I forget to dwell on the things that are really important.

    Written by The Minister’s Wife on July 5, 2016


    In her new release Dwelling Places (Abingdon Press, 2016), New England author Lucinda Secrest McDowell unpacks single words – mercy, beauty, gratitude, grace – through readings rich in robust theology and beautiful in their brevity. The mind prone to wander, distracted by grief, can rest here, sit a moment. Reflect. Remember. Recalibrate.

    Written by www.maggierowe.com on July 5, 2016


    It’s hard to say what is my favorite part of Dwelling Places. I love the stories and anecdotes and how seamlessly Lucinda ties them into the message and application, and I love being able to take the message with me throughout the day simply by focusing on the day’s one word. But, the final words, a message beautifully written Lucinda but as if from God to me, leaves me dwelling all day on the Father’s heart. That may be my favorite part. It’s a beautiful devotional I’ll enjoy year after year.

    Written by www.JeanWilund.com on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2ESG4TKKOXTK5/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    This book is like a balm for the soul, a soothing, gentle book that is a wonderful. Filled with gentle encouragement that is short and sweet and to the point this book is an excellent devotion book one of the best I have come across. I loved how the author bought together scriptures, ideas and inspiration into such a neat little package. This book would make a great gift or is one that you can go over and over again. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 5, 2016


    If I had to describe this book in one word it would be soothing, reading the devotionals just sooth my heart and soul.

    Written by WV Stitcher on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3310EX2Y1QY5S/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    There is NOTHING like the peace the Lord provides is there!!! I know for me, I have to seek that Peace and by that I mean setting time aside to be with the Lord through prayer and HIS Word! Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season is a phenomenal devotional!

    Written by Heart of a Bookworm on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R24ZR6M8F1S2RA/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Dwelling Places is an excellent devotional, unique in its focus on one word a day. It’s not a deep book, yet it delves into deep spiritual truths in a way that reflects on how God’s Word and our lives intersect.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R19XO9RRZWI0EJ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    And I thought . . . What a great devotional book. The subtitle Words to Live in Every Season explains the essence of the book. I would recommend this devotional to anyone. It would make a great gift for anyone anytime of the year or any season.

    Written by http://www.myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RZL0LP6JAFAKM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    I will admit I have not read the complete book, Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell. I know that is a huge no-no for a book reviewer. I mean, because how can write an honest, complete review, if I have not read the entire book. Is that fair to the author? To my readers?

    In this case I believe so.

    See, I am taking Dwelling Places in slowly. Savoring each passage one day at a time. Letting it seep in and take root, because each topic/passage I have read so far has been a balm unto my soul. It has soothed and comforted a part that at times I didn’t even know needed soothing.

    Written by All Grown Up? on July 5, 2016


    This is an AMAZING devotional. I have plenty in my book collection, but this one has become a favorite. I love that at the end of each devo, there’s a little “note” from the Lord to inspire and encourage.

    Written by Mama Bear Inc. on July 5, 2016


    By focusing on one word through scripture, story, and application, McDowell provides the perfect environment for meditation and listening for the Father’s voice. In this day of constant noise and interruption, it’s a perfect prescription for one-on-one conversation with the God of the universe.

    Written by The Christian Writer’s Den on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EOX8JZ5FIQIJ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    I have read many devotional books, this one has been one to keep me coming back. The daily words are so practical and down to earth. You really couldn’t ask for a better book to get alone with welllllll other than the Bible, that’s a given.

    Written by The Blended Blog on July 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R28HTMWL0BH9GO/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    This has become my new devotional! I love how it’s divided into the four seasons and I chose to focus on Fall – my favorite time of year! This devotional starts with a beautiful Scripture to meditate on. Then the author shares a wonderful devotional to help you focus on God’s goodness and to help you grow in your faith. There are usually questions within the devotion for you to ask yourself and I really like that.

    Written by Julie – More Of Him on July 3, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Dwelling-Places-Words-Every-Season/product-reviews/1501815326/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent


    I enjoyed this thought provoking devotional style book. The simplicity of taking a word and centering thoughts around it is excellent. This was just what I needed at this point in my life!

    Written by inkling and notions on July 2, 2016


    Sadly, the book disappointed at every level. First, it’s unreadable and looks self-published even though it’s published by Abingdon. I know their goal – small format with each devotional contained on two facing pages. So the book measures 5” x 7” – a nice, portable size. But to accomplish the goal, they used what looks like about an 8-point font with 3/8 inch margins. Definitely not a book for anyone over 40! The paper is common newsprint.

    Written by An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor on July 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1PXKIRVG6YFUB/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Dwelling Places motivates you to dwell, and pray and speak to God of what’s in your heart. Not meant as a study guide to the Word, but more of a companion journal for your personal journey to think, feel and find serenity in God’s words.

    Written by Just Commonly on July 1, 2016


    If you are looking for a way to deepen your spiritual walk but only have a few extra minutes in your day, then this is the perfect book for you. It contains short, inspiring devotions which focus on a single word (such as trust, light, restore, guide, community, friends, and transformed).

    This book would be useful for individual or group study and would make a wonderful gift, as well.

    Written by Edits & Reviews by Leslie on July 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2M72AT521HH7R/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0198VL2DA


    I really like how the focus for each reading is simply one word. Each devotion is only two pages but those two pages are so powerful! One of my favorite readings is on the word “sea.” McDowell quotes Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.” That’s so true! How often are we busy with truly important things? I feel like that’s the goal of this book: to be intentional but also purposeful with each reading.

    Written by snidbits on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R29ILEZPCIT80N/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Well, now imagine my surprise when reading the first day of the summer devotions, to find I was addressed by name. OHH my! However then I glanced and the author’s name was LuCinda, so she wasn’t directly addressing me, but I have to ask one thing. Do I think the Holy Spirit of God knew I would be reading this devotional, and know that I needed to be called out by name? I believe so. “Now Cindy, start growing!” Ouch. Busyness, of life, often steals my time and I find myself running on empty, spiritually, physically and mentally. These summer devotions are all about growing and growth. Feeding and drinking of the spiritual food and drink the Father has for us. I love this devotional and think it is perfect for the season of life I am facing.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on June 30, 2016


    Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a beautifully written devotional with personal stories applied to life situations. Every one is focused on one word and provides a scripture and a prayer to go along with it. There are one hundred thirty words to learn from and the book is separated into seasons and sections (Dwell, Shine, Renew, Grow). Sometimes I get too busy to sit down and spend an extended time reading the Word and this book provides an easy way to make sure I’m feeding my spirit with the things of God.

    Written by Clicking Her Heels on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://smile.amazon.com/Dwelling-Places-Words-Every-Season/dp/1501815326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467296621&sr=1-1&keywords=dwelling+places


    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The words of the Psalmist promise peace and security. But the words don’t mean just in the next life. You can start dwelling or abiding in the Lord right now. One way to do that is to immerse yourself in the God’s Word. One good resource is Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s devotional guide, Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season. Divided into seasons with 30-40 daily readings, this devotional will meet you just where you are and where God is too! Each day you will find a verse of Scripture to meditate upon (or memorize), a brief story that explores each Word and questions to make you think. I have been reading selections from Summer and the passages have really spoken to me. I have only one caveat to this book: each day ends with a word from God. Although I did not find anything that contradicted God’s Word (in fact most of the passages are paraphrases of scripture), some may not like that the author puts words in God’s mouth.

    If you are looking for a way to reignite your quiet time, then I recommend you check out Dwelling Places.

    Written by By The Book on June 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1WKR7QTQODGSX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Like most devotions, Dwelling Places offers a short easily digestible reading that can be added to your daily reading. But what is unique about this devotional book is that the author has chosen to break the devotional into four seasons each with its own theme. Although Dwelling Places is a seasonal devotional, the fact that it is undated makes it perfect for flipping through and selecting your own word of the day that most stands out to you. I look forward to using it throughout the year. If you enjoy devotionals and can use a bit more singular focus in your life, perhaps you should consider picking up a copy of Dwelling Places.

    Written by The Watered Soul on June 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2OLAIC9GNFKDC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    I am not usually a fan of devotional books because they just barely scratch the surface on topics and usually don’t go far enough into them, however, there were a few things I liked about this devotional that sets it out from others of its kind. This devotional is broken up into spiritual seasons that parallel yearly seasons — Dwell (Fall), Shine (Advent), Renew (Lent), Grow (Summer). I do like how it is divided into these seasons and attach a “spiritual season” to them. I want to primarily focus my review on the “Summer” season of this devotional book which is titled “Grow”. I feel McDowell did a good job at focusing on devotional topics in this season that are geared toward this theme. McDowell has topics such as “flourish”, “transformed” & “prunes” among others…

    Written by Reflections: Inspiring people to be more on June 28, 2016
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    I write devotions myself, so I’m kind of picky about the ones I read. When I opened Dwelling Places, I knew I’d found a devotional book I’d love. Each day, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Lucinda’s beautifully written thoughts.In her simple approach, you’ll find devotions filled with the wisdom of God. I’ve been reading the summer section and particularly connected with #10 “the sea.” Because I love water and the power of God, her words resonated with me. If you’re looking for a good devotion book with short excerpts and exceptional insight, I highly recommend Dwelling Places. Along with reading the daily words, I write in my prayer journal for a good start to my day.

    Written by Beauty in Every Day Things on June 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RLSGXY160TPBX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I am so impressed with this simple yet profound devotional. It is exactly what I needed at this time in my life- to go back to the basics and just focus on one thing which ultimately focuses my heart and my mind on my Savior.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on June 28, 2016


    I think my most favorite season was fall. Fall is of course my favorite season so I picked that section of the book to discuss. The title of the fall section is Dwell. I love that title! The mountains are a beautiful land form for the believer to draw from and to ponder on. I love everything about this book the fall season breaks forth with beautiful landscape and it causes us to reflect on the goodness of our God and He has changed us just like He does the seasons. The leaves changing into their beautiful colors are a great reminder of His never changing goodness.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 28, 2016
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    Overall, I found this devotional to be beautifully written and enjoyable. I would certainly recommend it to others, and as soon as I finished the summer section that I worked through, I immediately flipped to the Fall section and began working through more daily reflections. This book has inspired several pages in my journaling Bible as well as some written notes in my journal as I I found myself engaging with the author’s text and allowed God to speak to me through the daily verses.

    Written by Raventhreads on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RBYA3SA99EQSL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    If you’re looking for a different type of devotional – one that affords you the opportunity to spend a few minutes each day meditating on a single word, thought or concept and discovering the blessings that come with unpacking empowering words – then Dwelling Places is for you!

    Dwelling Places is a seasonal devotional filled with individual words – along with individual Scriptures and accompanying devotions –to reflect upon and be transformed by!

    Although each season takes us through a theme (Dwell/Fall, Shine/Winter, Renew/Spring and Grow/Summer), you can also flip through the book – pick the words you want to read about – and use that as your current meditation.

    I found Dwelling Places educational, informative and enjoyable to read. Try it – I think you’ll like it too!

    Written by Create With Joy on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R24NAAEFB7CK8I/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    Whenever I’m in a bookstore and I find myself in the Christian Living section or if I’m perusing blog review options, I love looking at the devotionals out there. I love devotional books. They help open up my quiet time and for those times when I hit snooze too long, I love knowing I can still get a bit of Jesus in the morning (it makes my day so much better!)

    This devotional is different from most in that it is divided into seasons (I choose to focus on summer because I’m a fan) and not the normal 365 devos. I was really intrigued by this idea and I think this worked really well. With the summer section, I really liked the devotional focus on growing. Growing isn’t always easy and I appreciated the encouragement each of these devotionals gave….

    Written by Books and Beverages on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3PON7OSIJ5FOE/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    One word “headlines” provides the umbrella focus for a series of devotions for each of the four seasons of the year (Fall, Advent, Lent, and Summer) in Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s lovely devotional DWELLING PLACES: Words to Live in Every Season. The title DWELLING PLACES provides the capstone thought — that we should seek our place right there in God’s dwelling places. Each devotion within the season, focusing on its own unique word, is written with a pertinent scripture, closing prayer or message from God, and a delightful inspirational reading.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1AZZZPJ3Q56O/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    The depth of the devotions vary. Some are quite reflective and personal, while others tend to have a simpler message. Dwelling Places would make a lovely gift for anyone who needs a breath of fresh air. Each devotion is just two pages long, making it easy to fit into a busy morning.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on June 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33UJW6WM2NJ9R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    First of all, I love how the seasons aren’t called by their names. Dwell, Shine, Renew, and Grow are put in their place. This book is also the perfect size, it’s not too small where you forget about it, it’s not too big where you can’t take it with you easy. Thus far I have focused on Fall/Dwell. Each reading includes a verse, a lovely story, and a thoughtful phrase to encourage you. Pretty typical set up but the words within the pages are what matter. I really like Lucinda’s writing style and the stories are easy to relate with.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on June 27, 2016


    I thought it was interesting yet a bit confusing that she chose fall and summer as the actual season but advent and lent instead of winter and spring. While these things fall within those seasons, she chose to instead focus on the events instead of seasons for these two.

    Some of them were really obvious connections like Bethlehem is and Emmanuel for the advent section or sea and garden for summer. However, I didn’t feel like there were any strong or obvious connections to fall with the words chosen.

    Regardless of that; it is a really strong devotional and McDowell has a lot of wisdom to impart. It’s a pretty deep devotional that I would suggest for people who have been Christians for a while just because of it’s heavy content.

    Dwelling Places is a great devotional that helps relate spiritual seasons to the physical seasons.

    Written by The IE Mommy on June 26, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2Q5ZUF2SR85FA/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    I really like the simplicity of this devotional. I have been reading a few randomly for Spring/Summer because that is the seasons I received this book in but I want to really dive in this fall which is the starting season of the book. The author really put time into thinking about where people are today in their lives and how they might need to connect with God. Each word is fitting, timely and I felt moved by the short devotions.

    Written by A Rup Life on June 26, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1QDMLUVXMS41T/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Dwelling Places: Words to Live by in Every Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is just what I needed at this time. The book is divided by season and it begins with Fall and the word “dwell.” I wholeheartedly agree that I tend to dwell, tend to live, but not really have my focus and dwell where and how I ought to as I find myself rushing to another task and having an endless to-do list.

    Written by Moments on June 25, 2016


    To me the seasons and the changing of them are a huge example of God’s love, creation and design. Lucinda Secrest McDowell shows that in the this touching devotional series that is seperated by seasons. The devotional is small on size but big on life lessons. It got me thinking and praying daily about where I needed to go next inmy spiritual walk with Christ. You can’t ask much more from a devotional.

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on June 25, 2016
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    Lucinda Secrest McDowell tells us, “she is a storyteller and a “word girl”. I think if we had the time to actually think about it we would be saying the exact same thing about ourselves. The problem is we are busy and cannot seek after the meaning of words. Ms. McDowell to our rescue and she has unpacked the meaning of 130 words for us.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 24, 2016
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    While this is not an in-depth Bible study (nor is it meant to be), Dwelling Places is full of simple but profound truth. It is a great resource to keep by the bed or your favorite reading chair. Peaceful and full of life, the devotional readings are quick and easily accessible but the insights and challenges will linger with you throughout the day.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on June 24, 2016
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    Dwelling Places is a quality devotional book that will take you through an entire year and beyond. No matter how many words you want to pick in your year, Lucinda has provided a wonderful book to challenge and encourage you in your spiritual growth and walk with Christ.

    Written by Meagan Davenport on June 24, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2AJNRDUCH6QQZ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    I honestly can’t encourage you enough to add this book to your nightstand or coffee table! Dwelling Places is a fabulous daily dose of encouragement and motivation in our daily walk with Christ. McDowell has poured herself into this devotional that gives you timely and seasonal tidbits for every week of the year. I love that they relate to the seasons and each has scripture to read and encourage as well. This is one I will savor throughout the year!

    Written by In the Pages on June 24, 2016


    Fall is my favorite season and I chose to review fall because I find myself in the fall of my life. Fall is a time of change, vibrancy, glorious color and that is what I found within the pages of Dwell. There are not enough sections for a whole year in number…..but I revisited several and discovered something new to hold on to in each visit. I highly recommend this book. It is a keeper.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on June 24, 2016


    In her new devotional, Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season, Lucinda Secrest McDowell shows us God’s presence and grace in our lives during each season. Each daily reading gives you a little inspiration for your day focusing on one simple word or concept and applying it to your daily life.

    Written by Smart Mom Smart Ideas on June 23, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R276LFGWB39877/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    McDowell has given us a good collection of devotions on a variety of biblical concepts. The book would be a good resource to keep at hand and a devotion on a particular subject could be chosen and read. Some of the devotions are on Advent and Lent and could be read then. My favorite was on “still.” I needed to pay attention to that one in this world full of distractions. She sometimes includes questions and other times suggestions for action. Overall, a good devotion for about four months.

    Written by Book Reviews From an Avid Reader on June 23, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2EBJKGBLG9Y8P/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0198VL2DA


    When I agreed to review this devotional I had no idea it would turn out to be such an amazing book! Honestly I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have this book! I was raised in the church and have been a devoted Christian all my adult life. I have certainly read my share of devotionals and Bible study books and this is hands-down the best one I have ever seen! This is my favorite one to date. There is absolutely nothing that I don’t love about this book.

    Written by Wall-to-wall books on June 23, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RZTYE23HP6OFP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501815326


    Each devotion includes a key word, a verse of scripture, and a passage that relates to applying the scripture as well a short prayer. The Lent section is of particular note and truly prepares one’s heart and mind for Easter.

    Written by http://www.onceuponastoryville.com on June 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3BNPH2JBSKBKP?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl


    First, let me say this book only has 30-40 devotions for each season. Even though there aren’t enough entries for every day of the year, the writing is thought-provoking and potentially life changing. This is a lovely devotional that would be a very nice gift for yourself or someone else.

    Written by WORD Up! on June 22, 2016
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    The cover is what first drew me to this book. It’s colorful and yet peaceful. Each devotional has a lot of thought put into it. The stories and scripture leave an impact that has the reader thinking and pondering the chosen word all day. I liked the layout for each page and the compact, easy to open binding. This book is great for anyone wanting to reconnect or strengthen their bond with Christ. It would also make an excellent gift.

    Written by Tima Murrell on June 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3D9J08KE0W9GE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Each devotional is short, and won’t take much time out of our daily schedule to read. They start with a verse, a short story, a tie-in to scripture, an application, and end with a prayer. I like this devotional for a five minute time with God, but it is not meant to be a full Bible study. The devotions are easy to read and understand. I keep my book beside my bed to read with my family during bedtime devotions. Recommended.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 22, 2016


    When I sit down every morning with my coffee and my Bible, I typically like to preface my time in God’s Word with a bite-sized daily meditation. It’s my way of dipping my toe into the Living Water — a taste before I plunge. Perhaps because my mind usually starts buzzing from the moment my feet hit the ground, planning and plotting the day ahead, this small moment prior to my deeper study helps to ground me and point me in the right direction. And often, it also provides an idea, an insight, or a truth to focus on throughout the day.

    If you have similar habits, then may I suggest Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s latest devotional, Dwelling Places, for your consideration….

    Written by Katherine Scott Jones on June 21, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1AQJ6QYHLSH5E/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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