Christmas is around the corner and I’m sure many of you have purchased your gifts through Amazon during the Thanksgiving weekend. I sure did. There are a few people left on my list and are particularly difficult to shop for because I’m not too familiar with the types of gifts they enjoy receiving.
After I was sent a few devotional journals to review, I knew what I was getting those remaining individuals on my list! I’m not joking when I tell you these are probably the most beautiful devotional journals I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I promise what I say is of my own opinion, not just because I got these for free and need to share my review of them. I have family and friends who read these posts and I’d never encourage them to pick something up that I didn’t actually like (plus, you, my readers, are like family to me as well).
These devotional journals are all made by the same company, Ellie Claire, but I’m reviewing each of the three because they do have their differences. I do want to say that right off the bat, I’m not a fan of dated devotionals, which these are. That doesn’t lower my love of them, it just bums me out because I often forget to read devotionals and feel pressured to catch up with ones that tell me the date.
This devotional journal, Peace Begins with Me, is probably my favorite modernly designed one out of the three. Marbling is very in style, along with seafood green and gold. The pages don’t bleed and the inside gives enough space for you to write – not just a few lines – you can actually write an entire paragraph in this. Now each devotional is practically the same in the type of paper used, no bleeding when writing, and decent line space. The difference between the three is the content.
Peace Begins with Me gives this description which I think is fairly accurate, “We pray for peace. We beg for it from others. We make speeches about it. But in the end, the only peace most of us can control is that little portion we display for the world to see. If we are at peace, the chaos around us seems to calm down. Our peace affects others. And the Giver of peace awaits to give us the gift that can change our world. It begins with a prayer. It begins with me.”
The second devotional journal, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, is just as beautiful and I think mostly suited for my style. I love floral and the description of the theme is a perfect fit for me, “When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget to spend time with God. This 365-day devotional journal offers encouraging meditations to help you spend a few moments turning your eyes on Jesus before your hectic day begins. After short devotions and Scripture for each day of the year, you will also find light journaling lines and ample space to record your thoughts, hopes, and prayers — just what you need to start each and every day with the reminder that God is always by your side.”
Like the other devotionals, it has a teal band to keep the pages and cover from opening and it seems fitting for the ladies like me – busy, stressed, and struggling to put God on the front burner.
Now this one, The Earth is the Lord’s and Everything In It, is the most unique out of the three. I think this one fits a particular type of person and you’ll understand why soon. First, the design, while equally beautiful as the others, is more intricate (and if you don’t like peacocks, this one is not for you). The devotionals inside I believe are for someone who has a deep relationship with the Lord. Not that the other ones are lacking in biblical insight, it’s just this particular one is well-suited for the seasoned Christian. I feel the Bible verses and devotions dig deeper, not just the basic scripture we’ve all come to see on wood plaques at Target.
In addition, the theme of this devotional journal is about exploring God’s magnificent Earth, “From the small whisper of a snowflake to the large circumference of a baobab tree, all of nature is the creative expression of God. When we embrace His creative nature by taking the time to stop, notice, and connect, our hearts are encouraged and souls refreshed. Respond to the devotions, add your own creative writing, or keep track of prayers on the journaling lines.”
Okay! It’s time to vote for your favorite below. Which one would you purchase as a gift this Christmas?
Personally, while I LOVE all three, I’d probably have to go with the first one as a gift. But if I was buying it for myself, I’d pick the 2nd one.
Add your thoughts to the conversation! I’d love to know why you chose the one you voted for.