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Book Review: Contentment by Lydia Brownback

Whether you are in a season that allows for lengthy devotional times with the Lord, or are struggling to get five minutes in, this devotional is for you. Contentment, A Woman’s Adornment , the second in the series of On-the-Go Devotionals by Lydia Brownback, is small enough to fit in your purse, but substantive enough to feed your soul.

format. The book begins with an introduction that sets the trajectory for the thirty-two devotional readings that follow. Each reading begins with a short passage of scripture and is followed by a one and a half to two page explanation/application of that passage of scripture.

audience. One thing I really appreciate about Lydia’s writing is her breadth of application. She doesn’t speak primarily to moms, or to single ladies, or to empty nesters, she speaks to all seasons and experiences of womanhood. She gives examples and illustrations that apply to my life as a mom, as well as the working woman; the single girl as well as the grandmother.

themes. While cultivating the quality of contentment would be the primary theme in this book, Lydia develops it in a variety of ways. She addresses the connection between happiness and contentment. She exposes the false sources of contentment. And most importantly, she skillfully directs us to the source of our true joy, happiness, contentment: our Savior, Jesus Christ.

sample. Any of you who know me will know why I found this day’s worth of reading particularly meaningful. I will just give the verse and a few excerpts from the day titled There’s No Place Like Home.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

…home is much more than the place in which we live. Home is people and routine and familiarity and refuge. Home is where we fit; it’s a sense of belonging. Home is the God-ordained anchor for the rhythm of earthly life…

…When we are the ones to leave [home] we find that the excitement of our new adventure fades quickly, and once it does, homesickness so easily creeps in. We miss our family. We miss our friends. We miss our church. We miss the familiarity. We miss the unconditional acceptance. There’s isolation in the pressure we feel to hide who we really are until we know people well enough to let our guard down. There’s strangeness in having to rely on MapQuest to get, well, everywhere…

…Contentment comes when we discover that home is much more about where we are going than where we have come from. Home is about the people of God more than about our families on earth. But that doesn’t mean we must do without the blessings of home in the here and now. Here is God’s promise: ‘Father of the fatherless and protector of the widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home.’ (ps. 68:5-6a)

We can have contentment of home right now, wherever we are, because home for us is wherever God has us. In fact, home is more than this – home is Christ who unites us to God our Father. In this home alone can we find contentment because it is the only home that we will never have to leave. (from pages 37-39).

This represents the depth of insight and wisdom that permeates each reading of Lydia Brownback’s devotional Contentment, A Christian Woman’s Adornment. I am grateful that God has given Lydia Brownback the gift and inclination to write a book that will encourage women in all circumstances and seasons to find their joy and contentment in Christ alone.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Contentment by Lydia Brownback

  1. Yay, thank you so much! I’ve never read anything by her and was really curious, since to get the book I’ll have to order it. But it looks great!

  2. thank you for taking the time to write and copy this. It is something I can truly relate to as one who left family to be a part of this church and what I felt the Lord impressed on my heart years ago to be a part of. There have been times of tearing at my heart, as well as times of rejoicing in what God is doing. May His grace carry you and others through to the end of the race He has set before you.

  3. Thanks, Laurie, for the review. I like what I read. Also, thanks for being willing to leave your fam and friends and all thats familiar to wander through the wilderness here. (Oh no, that’s a different story. We’re talking Abraham) OK, thanks for exercising your faith and obeying God in coming here. You all are a great asset and I look forward to running the race with you here in Akron. God Bless!!!
    P.S. You have my unconditional acceptance!!! 🙂

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