Need a great way to start your day for the New Year? One way is to pick up a new devotional. That is why today we are sharing a big list of our favorite daily devotionals for this week’s Sunday Reading.
This post is a little bit different than our normal Sunday Reading post. It is the middle of December and that means the New Year will be here before we know it.
We are not huge New Year’s resolutions people, but the start of a new year is a great time to set goals and to evaluate what you want to accomplish in the new year.
Daily devotionals are an important part of our family life. We have incorporated them into our day and into our homeschool schedules.
Over the years, our family has read a wide range of daily devotional type books. Some we have shared and some have only been read by one or two of us, but all the ones listed are ones, someone in our family has read and enjoyed.
If you are looking for an encouraging way to start the New Year, reading a daily devotional might be just what you need.
A quick note before we head to the list though. Like all books, not everything in these books are things we 100% agree with. I know that you won’t agree with 100% of them either. But all of these books make you think about Biblical things, bring you comfort, and draw you to God. You don’t have to agree 100% with something for it to be useful in your life.
There are also so many daily devotionals out there. This is just a short list of ones that we have enjoyed.
In the Lord I Take Refuge by Dane C. Ortland – This is one that I read more recently. This devotional covers a Psalm per day, so it is only a hundred and fifty-day devotional, but it is so good. This was the right book for me at the right time. I needed to rest in the Psalms with the daily reminder of God’s comfort and greatness.
The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss– This is one of my all time favorite devotionals. I love giving this as a gift to moms and women. It has a short daily devotional that covers scripture in a way that applies to everyday life that women deal with. This book could be read by a man, but it is definitely geared toward women. This is one of the devotionals that I could pick up and reread every few years.
Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon– Morning and Evening is a classic daily devotional. There is also a Morning by Morning version and an Evening by Evening version. I first read through this one year when I was a teenager, and I have read through it many times over the years. It is one of my favorite daily devotionals. If I had to pick one to give as a gift or to recommend to someone, this would be it. It is great for men, women, teens, new Christians, and long time Christians. There is even a Morning and Evening app that makes reading your devotional easy on your phone.
Morning and Evening by C.H.Spurgeon Updated by Alistair Begg-Using the ESV edition of the Bible, Alistair Begg updated this classic work. This is a modern update that is very well done. I bought this for my son last year and was very impressed with how it was updated to modern language but keeps the meaning and message of C.H. Spurgeon.
365 Days with Newton– This is one that I haven’t read, but others in my family have. Newton is the author of the famous hymn Amazing Grace. His life and testimony are amazing. This book is a book of his works and writings set in a daily devotional format.
Pearls of Great Price by Joni Eareckson Tada– I used this book as my daily devotional book in 2017, and it was just what I needed. For various reasons, 2017 was a rough year for our family. One of our kids had some major health problems, and our family dealt with several other big things. There were many times that this book was just the encouragement I needed. It had the right words for the right day. One of the reasons that I love this book is that it is written by Joni Eareckson Tada. If you are not familiar with her story, she is a quadriplegic who has had many health problems. I enjoyed this book because Joni speaks from experience. She lives every day in pain. She understands and she points you to Christ in a way that is understanding and real.
One Year Bible– My husband has read the One Year Bible for years. He really enjoys reading the Bible this way because it is set up in a way that gives you the exact amount to read each to finish the Bible in a year. I linked to the ESV version, but it also comes in KJV, NKJV, and NIV.
Chronological Bible – This is not a devotional, but it is another way to read the Bible each day. Reading the Bible chronologically is a good way to read the Bible, at least once because it gives you perspective on the Bible historically. One of the reasons I enjoyed reading this Bible this way the last two years is that you read about David escaping Jerusalem and then you can instantly read the Psalm he wrote during that time. You don’t have to search to find it. It is right there in chronological order. You can read about Solomon and then read the Proverbs he wrote during that time. History makes more sense in order. When you read it in the order it happened, it is easier to remember who is who and when they lived. If you have never read the Bible chronologically, you might enjoy giving it a try.
J.C. Ryle– There are several daily devotionals by J.C. Ryle or compiled from his works. These devotionals won’t be for everyone. It digs a little deeper and makes you think a little harder. This is a great book for someone that likes to really think about theological things. You might not agree with everything in this book, but this book will make you think about things in a way you probably haven’t thought about them before.
Do you have a daily devotional that you love? We would love for you to leave a comment sharing your favorite devotional.
2 thoughts on “Daily Devotionals for the New Year”
I love Prevail by Susie Larson!
Love this recommendation. I am planning to read the chronological Bible this new year and a prayer devotional my beloved aunt had. She passed away this year. As always thank you for the inspiration of books you have read and share. You reviews have been so helpful.