Friday, October 3, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman (& my monthly giveaway)

First off! The winner of The Wounded Warrior's Wife is Eva North! Eva, I'll be in touch with you today!

Now for today's bookshelf...
I stumbled across this daily devotional while reviewing another devotional that hasn't been released yet. The author used one of Lettie Cowman's quotes from Streams in the Desert, and it struck such a chord with me that I went to look the book up. Here's a small blurb and then we'll chat:)

In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the world, Streams in the Desert ® -- her collection of prayerful meditations, Christian writings, and God's written promises--has become one of the most dearly loved, best-selling devotionals of all time since its first publication in 1925. Filled with insight into the richness of God's provision and the purpose of His plan, this enduring classic has encouraged and inspired generations of Christians. 

Now James Reimann, editor of the highly acclaimed updated edition of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, again brings us the wisdom of the past in the language of today, by introducing this updated edition of Streams in the Desert. With fresh, contemporary wording and precise NIV text, the timeless message of the original flows unhindered through these pages, lending guidance and hope to a new generation of believers. We never know where God has hidden His streams. We see a large stone and have no idea that it covers the source of a spring. We see a rocky areas and never imagine that it is hiding a fountain. God leads me into hard and difficult places, and it is there I realize I am where eternal streams abide. Day by day, Streams in the Desert will lead you from life's dry desolate places to the waters of the River of Life -- and beyond, to their very Source.

As you can see, this is the classic in an updated form. I actually looked at the original and found I enjoy reading them both, however some mornings if I haven't had my coffee yet, the original wording can be a bit much for my muddled brain:) So this updated version still packs the insight, wisdom, and truth that Lettie penned in 1925 while wording it smoother for today's reader.

I have loved these daily devotionals that are short and pointed. Lettie had an immense faith in God and that translates so well in each day's passage. She always brings her words together under a Scripture, using God's Word as the base for the truth she helps impart. It's been a great addition to my morning quiet time.

You can find Streams in the Desert here. Have a blessed weekend, friends!

Also, it's time for my September Bookshelf Giveaway! So leave a comment here or on my Facebook page (if you haven't already liked it, I'd love you to! You can get to it by that pretty button under "Connect With Me" toward the top right of this page) and next Friday I'll announce the winner. That person can pick one of the books pictured below from my September reviews, and I'll send it right to you. If you missed any of the reviews, just click on the titles below.

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West

The Wounded Warrior's Wife by Hannah Conway


  1. I love devotionals. I'm always looking for a new one!

  2. Thanks for sharing. Tim and I each do individual devotionals. Somehow we got away from couple devotionals, probably about the time I started writing and stayed up way later than him.

    I think it's time we get back to it.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Doug and I don't do couples' devotionals either. We never really found one we liked...any suggestions?

  3. A friend of mine gave this book to me years ago, and I read it daily for a long time. At the end of the year, I would just start over at the beginning. God ministered to me greatly through this book during some very difficult times. I have actually picked copies up at second hand stores and passed them on to my friends.