I received both these books free from BookLookBlogger to review honestly.
Here is what it says on the back:
What would it be like if someone were completely 100 percent for you?
The loser. The rising star. The drug addict. The good Christian kid gone bad. The undeserving overwhelmed with gratitude. Whoever you are and wherever you've been, Jesus is for you-not when you clean up your act or when you do the right thing or when you put your life back together.
Jesus is for you in the midst of now. Whether you woke up amazed by your blessings or shamed by the worst mistake of your life, Jesus is for you and these pages reveal what it means to experience Jesus and discover the real life He promises. With insight from New York Times-bestselling author Judah smith and backed by Scripture, this book will allow you breathe deeply the profound truth that Jesus is for you.
The first book I received was Jesus Is For You by Judah Smith. This book is a gift book/table book style meaning it is very short and sweet. It would be great for someone who just needs a little reminder of how much God loves them and also that they are not alone. It is full of scriptural promises and also has testimonies from every day people woven throughout it. The book has gorgeous photography on every page which captivates you and brings you peace as you read the stories and scriptures.
As you can tell this book is meant to be an encouragement to someone (and it is). I look forward to passing this sweet little book on to someone that may need a little love, hope, and joy. Judah Smith has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I hope that this book will bring delight to all who read it.
Here is what the back of this book says:
We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ's resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of humanity's hope. At day's end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning's celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit if daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love.
40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decreases of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond. Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus' journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God.
After all, in the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease is only holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.
The second book I received was 40 Days Of Decrease By Alicia Brit Chole. This book is more like a workbook which I wasn't expecting. I'll be honest the inside is a bit intimidating as there is a lot of information, tables, personal reflections, and digging deeper areas. This book is intended to use during the season of lent. I highly recommend that you use the book during that time. I didn't use this book as it was intended and had a very hard time with it. So, when the lent season occurs I will definitely pull this tool book out and use it as it was purposed. All that to say, I believe that this book will indeed take me (and you) deeper in your walk with Christ and will stretch you. It will allow God to increase in your life and you (the world etc.) to decrease. I do feel as though this book is directed to teenage girls or college age girls or maybe a new believer... it may be the layout of the book, the font, or just the underlying tone of the author. The author is a little too preachy and very wordy for my taste. I would recommend you look at the book or read a sample before purchasing to make sure it will suit you at your level.