“Love and Care for the One and Only You: 52 Inspirations” by Michelle Medlock Adams

Love and Care for the One and Only You: 52 InspirationsLove and Care for the One and Only You: 52 Inspirations by Michelle Medlock Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book comes with praise of noteworthy individuals, including the wife of Joel Osteen, which is good for those who subscribe to the prosperity gospel but a warning hazard for those who stand with biblical values. That said, just as it is not fair to judge a book by its cover, one could also argue that it is not fair to judge the author based off their close friends, even though Scripture and legality both encourage a guilty by association model. Moving on, is this book a good and worthy read?

The author presents the book much like a workout routine. The warmup session includes warnings and cautions, as well as exhortation to look at one’s personal health in regards to Scripture. The cardio section continues the path with the hard workout, and strength training requires one to flex their spiritual muscles as they tone their body. The workout finishes with stretching and final words of encouragement.

The author starts chapters off with a Scripture quote and anecdote, just like most other devotionals. It is in this anecdote that the author leads the reader to the point of the chapter. In the case of the first chapter, one is encouraged to not compare themselves to others. Good advice for someone starting a new routine. It transitions with a “power prayer,” which relies on the evangelical model of making up prayers as they go. I’m not sure how it’s more powerful than the prayers found in the Bible, but I’ll leave that to the author to explain. After the prayer, the reader is given a statement to commit to themselves and a tip on personal health with a positive mindset.

Each chapter, all fifty-two devotions, follows this format. Designed to be a daily encouragement on the road to living healthy, with a loose relation to Scripture, the author expresses herself throughout the work.

All in all, the author’s effort is much appreciated, but one cannot call this book anything more than a personal devotion. It is not a Bible devotion in any regard, and simply a book to encourage the reader to find good in the process of being healthier. If that’s the author’s goal, the mission accomplished and enjoy the work. Light on inspiration, this book could use a little more reliance on Scripture and a little less on personal sharing, but that’s small potatoes to argue about.

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