New Every Morning, by Kate R. Thomas, is a compilation of 365 daily devotionals gleaned from the author's life as a minister's wife, kindergarten teacher, mother, grandmother, speaker, author, and retreat leader.
The format includes a Bible verse, a short meditation, an “application question” and a prayer. The devotional for January 1 is a meditation on Lamentations 3:22-23: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness" (RSV). From the very start, Kate reminds us that, although some of our days will be troublesome, those same days can be triumphant because of God's faithfulness.
The back cover blurbs contain high praise from people like Dr. Maxie Dunnam, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, and Dr. Evelyn Layock, a teacher and Bible scholar associated with the United Methodist Church. But, I think the highest praise comes from her son, David Thomas, a pastor, who wrote the foreword. He basically says that Kate shares in this book the “simple wisdom” gleaned from her own walk with the Lord.
And….it makes a great gift. There’s another review on her Web site. She does her own fulfillment, so e-mail her to order the book.