“Right from the Heart” is the perfect warm-up for your daily quiet time.

Bryant Wright’s “Right from the Heart: Turning Your Day Toward God” is a collection of 365 devotionals aimed at both those who know God already and those who are seeking him. He states in his introduction that his goal is to get people thinking about their lives from a biblical perspective by providing these daily “warm-up exercises for the spirit.”

It’s my opinion that he succeeds in this. He starts each devotional with a verse before launching into the “lesson” for the day. Each devotional is listed by date. As you might expect, the January 1st entry is about the new year, early November entries talk about government and elections and those around Christmas time discuss gifts (and the best Gift of all).

I’m posting this on September 10th. With all the emotion and hype about tomorrow being the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, it was gratifying to see that the entry for that date discusses exactly that. Wright shows good judgment by including this. The attacks on 9/11/01 were a seminal moment for many Americans and one that created a change in our society, thought it seems to have lasted but briefly.  Most devotionals here fit on one “page.” The September 11th entry was one of the few that stretched more than a line or two on the next page.

The e-book layout which kept most of the devotionals to one “page” made for an easy read. Wright presents the truth on each page, with a reminder, right from the start that reading a devotional is no substitute for spending time in God’s Word. I heartily recommend starting your daily time with God with a “warm-up” from “Right from the Heart” and, like Wright suggests, moving on to the “heavy lifting” of getting to know God by following up the reading with something from the Bible.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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