Friday, September 7, 2018

Book Review - Making God Smile


More than just an inspiring daily message, this book leads you on a year-long journey of aligning your actions to your heart’s intentions. Making God Smile overflows with encouragement, reminders, practical tips, personal and inspiring stories, scriptural insight, and biblical teaching that will show you how to reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. By embracing this fruit, others will see Christ in you and your life will be more than you every imagined possible.


Kim Taylor Henry is a gifted writer, frequent contributor to Daily Guideposts and lifelong student of the Bible. She spent seventeen years as a corporate defense litigation attorney and eight years a vice president of human resources at two major corporations. Kim has three grown children and five grandchildren and lives with her husband near Denver, Colorado. Visit her website


This is a wonderful devotional filled with 365 days of really great devotions as well as Scripture and prayer.

This devotional focuses on the fruit of the Spirit - allowing the Spirit to work through us in God's timing and purpose. Each day focuses on being patient, faithful, having self-control, being gentle, kind, loving, or joyful. Of finding peace through God in working to have the fruits of the Spirit in our life.  I love that she says that we need to continue our journey even when we aren't these things - when we have the bad days, we start again, and ask God to help us.

Each day starts with a Scripture and then a thoughtful, personal story from Kim that I really resonated with. It was nice how she was so honest and open about her own Christian journey and then showing us, through Scripture, how we can gain a deeper relationship with God. At the end of the devotion, there's a short prayer that helps us to focus on what we learned through the Scripture and devotional for that day.

This devotional will definitely help you focus each morning on getting into the Word and is a great way to then get into your Bible reading. I liked so much how she focused on really putting the fruits of the Spirit to work in our life, but ultimately, surrendering to God and having joy and peace in the process.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Worthy Inspired. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Julie - Thank you so much for your review! Since living as God intends is a journey we're all on together, we've just begun a new Facebook group called Making God Smile. It exists to encourage each other in living the fruit of God's Spirit one day at a time. Join through the link or by going to Facebook and searching for makinggodsmile, then post or read encouragement anytime. I hope to meet you and your readers there! Kim Henry


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