Over the past few years this devotional has been released in a variety of bindings and formats. It has also elicited both praise and criticism. The praise for it’s insight, the criticism because the author includes her thoughts of how God would speaks. The criticism seems to be that people feel she is putting words into God’s mouth. Personally, I don’t buy into the criticism. This is a devotional, which is meant to cause the reader to reflect upon God’s word, not replace it. All she has done is write in a fashion that a quote from Scripture fits contextually into the thoughts Young is trying to use for inspiration and drawing the reader into a deeper awe of God’s goodness and mercy. The quote is italicized in this version, as it is in other versions.
There is little here which separates this version from other versions. If you have read/own other versions, there is probably not a huge rush to purchase this one. It is beautiful in its layout, and there are some additional verses included on some of the devotions, but not anything which changes the focus of previous editions, simply a supplement to earlier printings.
All in all, if you are looking for a beautiful edition for yourself or a gift, this is a great option. If you have a previous edition, this would be a different look more than anything else. Personally, as a male, I would prefer the imitation leather bindings or hardback, but that is strictly personal opinion. If you have someone who loves flowers, male or female, this might be just what you are looking for.
I received a copy of this from BookLook Bloggers for free, in exchange for an honest review. The review did not have to be positive, and the thoughts expressed herein are my own.