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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own


I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it!

I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.  They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same. 

The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.”

I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.  We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.  These books can encourage us and help us with this but are never ever meant to be our gospel, our hope, our go to.  God’s word is the only thing that is fully true and where we can learn and know more about Him.  I love that they see this and are quick to point this out to us as well.  

These ladies know the struggle, the anxiety, the stress, and the temptations we face and they long to encourage and help us in their own fails to point us to God and to find our hope in Him.


Each day of this devotional has been a quick, easy read with so much encouragement as Girl Defined points us to Christ in every area of our life.  They share their own struggles, often making us laugh or enjoy a quick story of a way they learned the hard way and what the Lord has taught them throughout their lives. They have very practical encouragements; to run the race He has for us.  Each day starts with a verse, an encouragement from the girls, and a dive deeper section that encourages us to read and pray more and every once in a while to journal our thoughts down as we process the days devotional.  

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.


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