Top 12 Devotional Gifts

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Some books are more like friends than inanimate leather-bound pages. Streams in the Desert and Jesus Calling have been my friends for years now and my ratty, well-loved copies sit on my desk every day just waiting to bless my heart with today’s Scripture and devotional reading.

If you are a regular devo devotee, too, you know how powerful a Bible companion they can be for your study time! Isn’t it astonishing how often the daily reading seems to have been written for your exact circumstances on that very day? Many of us wish we had the luxury of hours of Bible study time, but the wonderful thing about devotionals is they are concise studies with maybe just a few verses to focus on to align our hearts and minds toward Jesus before we head out for work, or school, or the day’s activities.

Christmas is the perfect time to gift a family member or friend with a favorite devotional that they may not buy for themselves! With thousands of titles available from classics to brand new volumes, we thought we’d make picking out a few great ones a little less overwhelming. Merry Christmas to all!

1. Jesus Calling 10th Anniversary Edition

Experience peace in the presence of the Savior.

A rich relationship with Jesus is so much more than presenting Him with a list of requests. It includes listening — through reading the Bible and receiving His love for you. The #1 bestselling 365-day devotional Jesus Calling is written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to you — words of encouragement, comfort, and reassurance of His unending love.

In this special 10th anniversary edition, Sarah Young shares her own prayer journal with you — including over 100 additional scriptures personally selected by the author. This beautiful keepsake edition, celebrating 10 years of Jesus Calling touching lives all over the world, also includes a beautiful redesign of high-quality bonded leather cover that allows for personalization. Sarah’s writings are personal reflections based on Jesus’ own words of hope, guidance, and peace within Scripture. As you experience the devotions and the fresh look at Scripture, you will look forward to your time with Him. Experience a deeper relationship with the Lord as you savor the presence of the One who will never leave you.

2. Every Day In His Presence

Spend every day abiding in the presence of our Lord.

Living in today’s world can be challenging as well as draining. Our fast pace of life, coupled with constant demands to do more, get more, and be more, makes being still and living more deliberately in His presence seem unattainable. But God tells us that, while the cares of the world seem pressing now, we are not alone — we have lasting hope and peace in Him.

This devotional by Charles Stanley invites readers to step into the presence of an eternal God who is bidding them to find serenity and security in Him. With topics addressing all walks and phases of life, 365 devotions include a scripture, a meaningful application, a short prayer, and an “In His Presence” takeaway for thought. This book provides a wonderful way to experience His presence and stay focused on His promises every day of the year.

Beautiful package makes the devotional great for gift giving or personal use.

3. Streams in the Desert

Streams in the Desert is a powerful collection of meditations, Christian writings, and Scripture, and remains one of the most beloved devotionals of all time. This updated edition, however, offers even more, including Scripture, Subject, and Contributors Indexes. Author L.B.E. Cowman thoughtfully and prayerfully chose the Scripture and penned or selected the meditations she knew would provide a river of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration to weary desert travelers. Those words are still clearly relevant in today’s world, where people thirst more than ever for reassurance and guidance. In this updated edition, however, editor Jim Reimann lovingly combines contemporary wording and precise NIV text to help introduce a whole new generation of believers to the timeless messages of God’s faithfulness. Easy-to-read yet true to the essence of the original, this Streams in the Desert offers a refreshing daily dip into God’s purpose, plan, and enduring promise. And now this classic content takes on a classic look. The deluxe edition is bound in stunning Italian Duo-Tone™ — the perfect accent for the beautiful and ageless messages of hope found inside.

4. The Story Devotional

See your life and purpose in a whole new light — as part of God’s epic story — with this beautiful leather-look devotional. Through 365 daily Scripture readings arranged chronologically, plus bite-sized reflections and a daily takeaway, this unique devotional illuminates how God has been weaving his plan throughout history. Each day, you’ll be blessed with a reminder of God’s unrelenting love and pursuit of his people.

The Story Devotional is also wonderful companion to The Story.

5. The Jesus Code

Jesus gets attention not with exclamation marks, but with question marks.

Jesus was always asking questions. Whether with a small group or large crowd, Jesus opened hearts and minds by asking questions that grasped attention and made one think. In The Jesus Code, author O. S. Hawkins poses fifty-two thought-provoking questions found throughout the Bible that believers should be able to answer as they grow in their faith and share their faith with others. Each question features a devotional thought to help readers find answers and promote further reflection.

Sample questions include:

  • What does the Lord require of you?
  • Where can I go from Your Spirit?
  • Who is my neighbor?
  • What is your life? A vapor that appears and vanishes away?
  • Why do you seek the living among the dead?
  • Will a man rob God?

As with The Joshua Code, all royalties will go to Mission:Dignity, whose mission supports retired pastors and their wives (or widows) living near poverty level.

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes 52 thought-provoking questions and answers
  • Handsome burnished leathersoft binding for a rich, classic look
  • This release follows peak of O.S. Hawkins’ book, The Joshua Code with sales of more than 150,000 units
  • All royalties go toward Mission:Dignity, an organization that supports retired pastors and their spouses living near the poverty level

6. Man Stuff

Be a stronger, more effective dad, family man, and man of God.

Described as a devoted family man, strong Christian, generous philanthropist, and passionate sports fan, Josh Turner is one busy guy. And despite his recording schedule, award shows, and national tour dates, a few of his biggest priorities in life are to instill good values into his three young sons, be a devoted husband, and be a strong testimony for God.

In this compilation, Josh shares fun and meaningful thoughts and personal stories — ranging from his childhood years to today — and weaves in spiritual insight for men who want to be better dads, husbands, and men of God. He covers a variety of topics such as living and working with integrity, facing your fears, surrounding yourself with good company, trusting God’s plans, standing up for the least of these — topics every man can relate to and draw from to grow in his spiritual and personal journeys.

This is a great gift for any Josh Turner or country music fan with conservative family values.

Features & Benefits:

  • Josh’s country fan base includes almost 1.4 million Facebook fans and over 135,000 Twitter followers
  • Foreword by Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty
  • Provides much needed practical advice and spiritual encouragement for men and dads and the unique challenges they face
  • Features personal insights and true stories from a trusted role model in both Christian and secular markets
  • Perfect Father’s Day gift for men, husbands, and dads of all ages

7. The Joshua Code

Discover the secret Joshua gave the Israelites for prosperity and success. 

The Israelites finally had land and the opportunity to start anew. Their leader, Joshua, spoke wisely about how to follow God’s law and how to be successful. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” The Joshua CodeTM is a challenge to keep the Word in our mouths through memorization and in our hearts through meditation “day and night.”  

The fifty-two chapters in this volume are designed to lead you on a yearlong journey by spending each week memorizing and meditating on one Scripture verse  so that it  becomes a living part of your very being. Topics include grace, temptation, the three levels of prayer, fruit of the spirit, and more. The outlines in each chapter can also be used by the busy pastor or Bible teacher for guiding their members. God’s Word is powerful and profitable when studied and applied by anyone, the young and the seasoned believer alike.

8.  Devotions for a Healthier You

Give God control of your life, and experience more joy than ever before!

Women today are searching for ways to create healthy, delicious food, maintain a healthy body weight, and find joy in their daily lives. Devotions for a Healthier You will not only strengthen a woman’s soul but will also help her take care of her body and mind. Katie Farrell, creator of The Dashing Dish (thedashingdish.com), a wildly popular lifestyle blog, has gained national media and online attention. In this devotional, filled with scriptures, encouraging stories, and tips on keeping a healthy mind, body, and spirit, Katie will draw in her existing audience, as well as young women who desire to maintain balance in all areas of their lives.

Each devotion includes a Bible verse and encouraging text, along with recipes, exercise tips, meal planning, and healthy lifestyle tips. A month-long meal plan is also included. This devotional will show women that if they give God control of their lives, they will find more freedom and joy than they could have ever imagined — the freedom and joy that can be found only in Him.

9. Arms Open Wide

Step into His open arms.

Jesus’ life on earth was a time in history like no other — from His birth, teachings, and healings, to His persecution, death, and resurrection. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to witness the miraculous healing of a leper? To watch Him walk on water from the very boat in which Peter was traveling? To be in the mind of the thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus?

With a storyteller’s giftedness, Sherri Gragg transports you into these life-changing moments where you’ll feel touched, healed, and spiritually blessed by the assurance that the Messiah, the Healer, the Friend is alive and with you now.  Part fictional narrative, part devotional, Sherri mixes biblical history with scripture, creating a setting that will transform you back in time and place you right in Jesus’ presence.  For thirty-five days you’ll walk with the Savior to witness miraculous healings and events, and give fresh insight into His power by thinking and feeling with people whose lives became instantly transformed by His love and grace.

Experience firsthand the power and devotion of the Savior in your own life. You’ll know Jesus like never before.

10.  Hope for Each Day Signature Edition

Leading inspirational author and pastor Billy Graham shares words of wisdom and inspiration for hope-filled living every day. 

Billy Graham has touched millions of lives by sharing the truth of the gospel. Now, this classic devotional in an updated, deluxe package will help readers stay close to the Lord throughout the day. Each day readers can encourage their heart and mind with a scripture and short devotion from one of America’s favorite pastors. It’s a beautiful means for abiding more in the One who is our true hope for each day.

11. Living Life Undaunted

365 Days of Undaunted, Unstoppable Living. You don’t have to be a superhero to change the world. You just have to listen for God calling your name. Drawing from her bestselling book Undaunted as well as several of her other inspirational writings, author and advocate Christine Caine presents 365 thought-provoking devotionals that will inspire you to overcome your life circumstances, create change, and bring the hope of Christ to a dark and troubled world. Each daily reading offers the wisdom, encouragement, and companionship you need to begin your own mission of adventure. Even if, like Christine, you began your story unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified, you can be fueled by an unstoppable faith and filled with Christ’s relentless love and courage. The world is waiting. Do you hear God calling your name?

12. Once-a-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

We strive to do what is best for our family, but there are many differing opinions on how to be a good parent. Truly successful parenting begins with focusing on God and making him the center of all we do. The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional helps you to bring God into your parenting by providing 365 daily devotionals written specifically for parents who are seeking to build a stronger relationship with their kids and put God first in their family. These devotionals will inspire you as a parent to embrace the role that God has given you, while also equipping you with the tools you need to be a strong Christian role model for your children.

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Your Turn

What is your favorite devotional? Which ones do you have on your bedside table? Come join the conversation on our blog! We would love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

Laurie McClure

Laurie is a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, a beach lover, and she is addicted to radical grace, Perrier, and yoga pants. Here at FaithGateway she is the editor, the curator, and the leader of Faith.Full, our women's community.

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