Designed for Devotion – Book Giveaway

Designed for Devotion - Book GiveawayI received a copy of Dianne Neal Matthews’ newest devotional book recently. It’s a great “through the Bible” kind of devotional. Diane has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her new book.

I first “met” Dianne through the pages of Guideposts‘ new devotional: 2013 Mornings with Jesus: Daily Encouragement for Your Soul. Dianne and I were two of the ten writers for that devotional this year.

I’ll let her tell you more about her own new devotional Designed for Devotion in this interview:

Q: Tell us a little about your newest devotional book.

Dianne: Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation provides an overview of the entire Bible. It explains the background and factual information for each book, including the author, theme, purpose for writing, and historical setting. The book highlights the key stories and characters in the Old Testament and gospels and explores the basic teachings of the NT writers.

In the part of the book that covers the Old Testament, I sprinkled occasional “Jesus Sightings” (in keeping with the theme of a trip or journey). These devotions focus on how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. I also included devotions about the 400-year period between the Testaments, the concept of “theophany,” the distinction between the major and minor prophets, and other topics. Throughout the book each day’s devotion ends with a practical application that encourages readers to apply that day’s spiritual lesson to their own journey with God.

Q: What can readers hope to gain from reading Designed for Devotion?

Dianne:  Readers will gain the factual and historical information needed to understand the context of each book and how it fits in with the rest of the Bible. At the same time, they will be able to see how each story and teaching relates to their everyday lives. Designed for Devotion will help those new to Bible study grow in their understanding of God and His Word; long-time Bible students will enjoy the review. Hopefully, anyone who reads the book will go more deeply in their relationship with God and in their devotion to Him. A trip through the Bible can be a life-changing journey!

Q: What life experience, education, or training helped you become an author?

Dianne: I have a liberal arts degree in psychology and English and a master’s in guidance and counseling. But I consider my greatest training to be growing up out in the country with three brothers and no neighbor kids close by. In the summers I learned to use my imagination to entertain myself while working in the cotton fields or while playing in the woods at the edge of our little family farm.

Q: How do you think reading the work of others helps you as a writer?

Dianne: In lots of ways! Reading exercises my brain and helps me develop my imagination, increase my vocabulary, and absorb new writing techniques. The creativity of others inspires me to use my own. And of course, it’s a great way to relax and wind down from the pressure of always carrying my work around in my head.

Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs (such as and, contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers’ conferences. Dianne is a 2006 CLASS graduate and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers, Christian Authors Network, and Toastmasters International. She and her husband Richard currently live in Salt Lake City, which is too far away from their three grown children and two adorable grandchildren. You can read more about her on her website.

From Rebecca

(Note: I received no monetary payment for this review/interview on my website).

How You Can Enter the Book Giveaway

Just answer the question, “What helps you most in your devotional time with God?” (music, books, Bible, journal, etc.) Leave that comment at the end of this blog and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. One blessed reader will receive a copy of Dianne’s new devotional, Designed for Devotion.

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44 Responses to “Designed for Devotion – Book Giveaway”

  1. Eileen Laskowski on December 3rd, 2012 7:50 am

    Music definitely helps me focus on God’s goodness to us all, and helps me praise and glorify Him, even through the difficult times; especially in the difficult times!

  2. Jen on December 3rd, 2012 8:08 am

    I like having supplemental texts to read with my bible.

  3. jolaade adegbite on December 3rd, 2012 8:15 am

    In my devotional time, i enjoy music because it create an atmosphere for the presence of God around me and also tune up my spiritman loose for flow of inspiration. Apart from this, I also engage in reading anointed literature books side with my Bible.

  4. Bonnie Brower on December 3rd, 2012 8:43 am

    I find that journaling and music helps me in my time with God.

  5. Becky Carter on December 3rd, 2012 9:01 am

    while I am reading my Bible or devotion for the day, I like it to be quite. I want to be able to hear God when He speaks to me.

  6. Karen Frederick-Anderson on December 3rd, 2012 9:06 am

    I am an artist, VERY visual, and easily distracted, so it really helps me to stay focused on my devotions if I sit by the window overlooking the lake outside our cottage with a cup of coffee and blissful quiet. I find that having something beautiful to look at allows my mind wander without losing the thoughts Abba blesses me with…

    Thanks for asking!

    <3 Karen

  7. Sharon Smith on December 3rd, 2012 9:21 am

    Peace and quiet – time for reflection. Thankfully I have all this in my life now that I’m retired!

  8. Peggie Bright on December 3rd, 2012 11:52 am

    Devotional Books really help me. 🙂 They really speak to me.

  9. Wanita May Molnar on December 3rd, 2012 12:31 pm

    I usually have two or three devotional booklets that I read from as well as reading a scripture passage. One of the books is a praise reading for each day. The praises are written using scripture verses.
    I also, journal …thoughts for the day…thoughts or truth that the Holy Spirit prompts…quite often all readings emphasized the same truths or thoughts. My quiet time follows. I sit and quietly listen for what God wants to say to me THIS day. Lastly, I pray my requests.
    May.BC Canada

  10. Marcella Snyder on December 3rd, 2012 1:44 pm

    I prefer short devotionals(usually not more than a page) as I am in two Bible studies. If the devotions are short I can easily keep up.
    I find daily devotionals so helpful in keeping me on tract.

  11. JackyLynne Benton on December 3rd, 2012 3:56 pm

    God usually speaks to me through music, so I’d say that music helps me most during my devotional time. I also have my bible & 2 or 3 of my favorite devotionals nearby, depending on which direction I feel led to go each day because every day is different 🙂

  12. Jennifer on December 3rd, 2012 4:18 pm

    I find that devotional books and music help me during quiet time and then journaling helps during prayer time.

  13. ella dailey on December 3rd, 2012 5:00 pm

    just trying to where to sign up for the boo give away

  14. Betty Colson on December 3rd, 2012 5:44 pm

    Dear Rebecca
    What helps me most in my devotional time with God – I had to think a while on that question. I actually have more than one ‘devotional’ time with God in a day. I am a widow (78) and His presence is with me all of the time – I read a lot of devotionals from several different books. Special ones I share with friends over the phone, when I feel that will help and encourage that person in their situations. Actually God impresses upon me to call or write to the person and share. It is so exciting to let God guide your day. God gives me what I call “God-happenings” every day. I enjoy simply discussing things with God. I pray for everything and then just let Him do what is best – even tho sometimes I wish He would see it my way 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Keep on keeping on, He loves you, He cares, He listens, He answers prayer – in His way and in His time – which is ALWAY BEST – and remember: The Best is Yet to Come!!!
    Love in Him
    Betty Colson,
    Psalm 34:3 “O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together.”

  15. Angela on December 3rd, 2012 8:48 pm

    “What helps you most in your devotional time with God?” I would say it’s a variety of things – music, devotional books, and watching YouTube devotionals from various pastors.

  16. terri a walton on December 4th, 2012 4:16 am

    What helps me most in my devotional time is a quiet place, sitting in a comfortable spot be it a couch or chair. This way I do feel this time is between me and God, our time together. Through readings and prayer I get my daily guidance and am reminded of our Heavenly Fathers love and where my priorities need to be.

  17. sheryl on December 4th, 2012 7:01 am

    All of the above…. each morning awakes me wanting 1 all of these. Thank you for your precious insights of Christ to help us on thios journey. Merry Christmas.

  18. Linda on December 4th, 2012 7:54 am

    I like to be alone, and need to wake early to achieve this… others I too enjoy looking out at the lake , which I am so blessed to be living close to…….being in nature really helps to connect me with God.I also find reading devo’s (either in books or online) and of course scripture.
    Thanks for the encouragement I am receiving for your posts 🙂 and the chance to win this !

  19. Miriam Ayala on December 4th, 2012 9:36 am

    I like getting up early to read God’s word whether I am doing a bible study or daily devotional reading. It jump starts my day and I am able to cover my family in prayer each morning. It helps me be reminded of who holds the future and encourages me when I am going thru a trial. God is so faithful to use wonderful writers like yourself to keep us grounded in what truly matters, being Marys at the feet of Jesus.

  20. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:40 pm

    You found the right place to sign up for the book giveaway, Ella!

  21. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:42 pm

    Thanks for signing up for the book giveaway, Jen.

  22. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:42 pm

    Jolaade, music can add so much to our devotional time. Thanks for entering the giveaway.

  23. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:43 pm

    Bonnie, I love journaling and music, too!

  24. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:44 pm

    Becky, being “still” before God definitely helps quiet our spirits. Thanks for entering.

  25. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:45 pm

    Karen, It sounds like a writer’s paradise! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  26. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Sharon, I’m glad you have those peaceful, quiet moments now in retirement. Thanks for entering our giveaway!

  27. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Peggie, I’m so glad you are blessed by devotional books. Me, too! 🙂

  28. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:47 pm

    Wanita, thanks for sharing your quiet time “disciplines.” Great things to add to our time with the Lord. Thanks for entering.

  29. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:48 pm

    Marcella, short devos are great to point us to the real milk–God’s Word. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Jacky, thanks for sharing the things that are helpful to you!

  31. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Jennifer, those are all great things to help in our time with the Lord. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:51 pm

    Betty, thanks so much for your encouraging words. I know your words will bless others. Thanks for entering!

  33. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing and for entering the giveaway, Angela!

  34. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Terri, I love having a special place, too. It’s like sitting down with our very best Friend! Thanks for sharing and for entering the giveaway!

  35. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:53 pm

    And thank you, Sheryl, for sharing and for entering the giveaway!

  36. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:54 pm

    You’re most welcome, Linda! And thank you for entering and for sharing your comments.

  37. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 5th, 2012 9:55 pm

    Thank you, Miriam, for your kind words. And thanks for sharing the things that help your quiet time with God.

  38. Rhonda Williamson on December 6th, 2012 4:27 pm

    It helps me most in my devotional time to have a study guide that I am working through because that keeps me focused and gives me direction for my study time. I also like to stay focused on a topic for a bit of time to really delve into it and learn.

  39. Dianne Neal Matthews on December 11th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Thanks to everyone for the comments! I’ve really enjoyed reading about the different approaches to quiet time. It’s been encouraging to hear so many people share their heart for hearing from God.

  40. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 12th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Thanks, Rhonda, for sharing about the study guide. Good idea! And to all of you, thanks for entering and for your great ideas about keeping our quiet times fresh. We’ll announce the winner next week!

  41. Marc Daniel on December 17th, 2012 4:52 pm

    Most of the time, I listen to music, before my devotional time. Everything that God reveals to me are written on my devotional notebook, I also use devotional books as supplement. This is a great giveaway, I really love to win this for this coming 2013. Many thanks and Blessings! Blessed Christmas to all! 🙂

  42. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 19th, 2012 2:52 pm

    Thanks, Marc, for offering your comments about your devotional time. It’s been great hearing what everyone uses to make that time with God so special. I’m sorry that a name was already drawn before you submitted your comments. But we will have more giveaways. Keep watching!

  43. connie chambers on January 4th, 2013 6:39 pm

    my 1 thing i do is go 4 a walk and try 2 talk 2 god. i can’t be doing it right. for i get no reply. if i didn’t have bad luck i wouldn’t have any luck at all and the only thing that keeps me from stupid stuff is knowing it is against gods wishes. thank u and have a wonderful merry new year.

  44. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on January 7th, 2013 11:13 pm

    Connie, at one time or another we may have all felt like our prayers were not getting through. But God hears His children. Sometimes He answers through His Word as you meditate on Scripture. Sometimes through others. sometimes through music, but His answers, when they come, will always line up with the principles in His Word. Keep talking–and listening–to God. He may delay or answer differently, but He will answer.

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