I often get asked, what do you do in your quiet times with the Lord? I’ve written several posts about how I spend that time, but today I want to focus on one of the first things I do to get started. I like to begin my time with the Lord by reading a short devotion. It quietens my heart, brings my focus to Him, gets me thinking, and moves me into a time of prayer as I turn to God’s Word.

These are five of my favorite devotional books that I frequently use:

The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

This has been my favorite devotional book of all the books I’ve used. She just seems to nail what I’m thinking or struggling with. She gives a verse to ponder each day, along with thought-provoking application questions. I love this devotional book!

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

This classic book has been around for a long time, but I continue to go back to it from time to time. Some days, I have to reread sections to let the words sink in, but usually the words leap off the page and hit me right where I am. There is also an updated version available for those who want a modern-day language. This is a book worth having.

Streams in the Desert (Volumes 1 and 2) by Mrs. Charles Coleman

I love both these classic devotional books, although I slightly favor Volume 2. My mom used these devotionals, and that’s how I got introduced to them. They are comprised of short stories, poems, or quotes, and she always gives a verse to challenge us daily. These are quick and easy to read. Overall, a good devotional.

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

This is a good devotional book, although some days the writing feels academic. Other days, he speaks right to my heart. He has some excellent material in this book, and I’ve quoted him a number of times in my lectures and Bible studies. The devotions are a little longer than some of the other devotional books, but overall, a good choice.

Daily with the King by W. Glyn Evans

I’ve had this book for years and still go back to it from time to time. I have underlined something on almost every page. It is very relevant to issues we deal with daily. I highly recommend it.

Okay, these are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear what your favorite devotional books are. Please share in the comment section below. I’m always looking for new ones!

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