After entering my book in the Readers’ Favorite Award Contest in September of 2023, I received the following 5 star review by K. C. Finn. I couldn’t be more thrilled with her comments!!!!
Title: Reflections in Rhyme
Subtitle: Meditations on Holy Scripture
Author: G. E. Stroud
Genre: Christian – Devotion/Study
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reflections in Rhyme: Meditations on Holy Scripture is a work of devotional Christian writing based on personal reflections on the Bible. It is suitable for readers of all ages and was penned by author G. E. Stroud. The work is a profound collection of 365 meditations that beautifully capture the essence of the Holy Bible. Through lyrical and thoughtful reflections on both the Old and New Testaments, Stroud provides readers with a unique and captivating way to engage with sacred scripture. Each reflection offers a fresh perspective on familiar passages, encouraging readers to contemplate the profound wisdom and spiritual guidance found in the Bible.
Author G. E. Stroud’s ability to distill the messages and stories from the Bible into poetic and meditative form is commendable, and it’s clear that the author cares very deeply about the message of each and every moment crafted for the book. What sets this work apart from other devotionals is its diverse range of meditations, covering everything from the stories of the Pentateuch and the Gospels to the Psalms, Proverbs, and the letters of the Apostles. Stroud’s writing is both sensitive and reverent, making it accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels of biblical knowledge, yet it contains plenty of depth for those who are already well-versed in the Bible to learn more. A work like this is not just a book to read once but a daily companion for spiritual growth and reflection. It encourages readers to engage with the Bible on a regular and bite-sized basis, providing insights that inspire and uplift. Overall, Reflections in Rhyme is a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper connection with the scriptures and a more profound understanding of their meaning and relevance in today’s world. I would certainly recommend it to Christian readers everywhere.
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Overall Opinion: 5
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The following message was received from Laura at the Tri-state Homeschool Conference in West Virginia, April of 2023. She was the winner of my 5-volume set of devotionals, 30 Days of Prayer & Praise.
Hi! THANK YOU! I won the raffle yesterday at The Homeschool Conference and I LOVE the Devotionals. I’m stunned that I received this beautiful gift that allows me to start my day beautifully because of the guidance these pages have given me. I am so grateful. I feel so blessed you have no idea what you have done for me. You have a new lifelong customer too!