This evening from 5:00-7:00 I’ll be signing copies of my devotional, A Month of Sundays: 31 Meditations on Resting in God, at The Sanctuary Coffeehouse and Christian bookstore in Pella.
A Month of Sundays was released in November from Reformation Heritage Books and is available from the publisher or on Amazon. If you’d like to purchase it from your local bookstore, please call the store and ask for it to be ordered or stocked.
In today’s hectic and distressing world, demands and distractions agitate our spirits. Disasters trigger anxiety. Diseases generate pain. Despair creeps into our hearts. These influences displace our peace and keep us from resting daily in Christ and His Word. How can we recapture the concept of daily rest?
A Month of Sundays: 31 Meditations on Resting in God encourages us to pause our spinning thoughts and calm our fluctuating feelings as we see that God calls us to develop daily attitudes of worship and rest. With a recommended Scripture reading, a focus verse (or verses), a meditation, and questions aimed at stimulating personal reflection, each devotion guides us through a “month of Sundays,” as we experience a greater enjoyment of God’s gift of daily rest while we anticipate His guarantee of eternal rest.
Glenda Mathes has written an uplifting series of meditations on the subject of rest for the weary. Starting with the premise of Sabbath rest as a model for how God wishes His children to live, Glenda weaves a wide-ranging tapestry of how Christians can follow God’s mandate to rest in Him both now and eternally. The book is filled with great texts from the Bible, accompanied by interspersed quotations from the Heidelberg Catechism and personal reflections and recollections of the author. This is a great book for all who labor and are heavy laden and who want to obey God’s command to rest. People for whom Sunday observance is important, as well as those who love the Heidelberg Catechism, will especially resonate with this book.
— Leland Ryken, Professor of English, Wheaton College
Rest is a topic often overlooked in our hectic schedules, but Glenda Mathes shows it is essential to a Christian life. Not as another thing to do, but as part of our calling. A Month of Sundays invites us to overcome our distractions and fears and seek the one true source of rest, Christ Himself.
— Janie B. Cheaney, Senior Writer for WORLD Magazine, and a Contributing Editor atRedeemedReader.com
Yesterday KNIA/KRLS broadcast Dr. Bob Leonard’s interview with me for his “In Depth” program. He asked me some general questions about my writing and we talked about both of my books that have been published this year: Little One Lost: Living with Early Infant Loss and A Month of Sundays: 31 Meditations on Resting in God. Dr. Leonard’s interview with me can be found here.
These are the titles of each meditation in A Month of Sundays and the scripture passages on which they’re based:
1. God Rested – Genesis 2
2. Covenantal Consolation – selected texts from Genesis 15
3. Ten Comforts – Exodus 20
4. Good Courage – Deuteronomy 31 & Joshua 1
5. Redeeming Love – Ruth 4
6. Golden Rest – 1 Kings 8
7. Greater Allies – 2 Kings 6:8-23
8. Restful Peace – Esther 9
9. Longing Eyes – Job 19
10. Be Still – Psalms 4 & 27
11. Dwelling Place – Psalm 90
12. Lifted Eyes – Psalm 121
13. Quiet Soul – Psalms 130 & 131
14. Revived Spirit – Psalm 143
15. Trusting Heart – Proverbs 3
16. Fear Not – Isaiah 43
17. Light Yoke – Matthew 11
18. Impossible Realities – Mark 10
19. Banished Anxiety – Luke 12:1-34
20. Untroubled Heart – John 14
21. Good Cheer – Acts 27
22. No Condemnation – Romans 8
23. Sufficient Grace – 2 Corinthians 12
24. Our Peace – Ephesians 2
25. Constant Contentment – Philippians 4
26. God’s Peace – Colossians 3
27. Sound Mind – 2 Timothy 1
28. Enter Rest – Hebrews 3:7-4:16
29. Never Leave – Hebrews 13
30. Eternal Glory – 1 Peter 5
31. Rightful Rest – Revelation 21-22
I hope to see you tonight! My prayer is that God will use A Month of Sundays to help many trust and rest in him, for his glory.