As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”—one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.
In Beach Devotions Laura Van Gatz uses photographs and wording to transport the reader to the beach, in this case, a lake beach. I’ve never been to a lake or ocean beach, so reading this slender book of devotions acted as a chance to vacation in a different world and see what it has to offer, albeit vicariously.
Each two-page devotion features an item or activity commonly found on or done on a beach, such as sea glass, playing volleyball, or a natural event, such as a thunderstorm. Every natural or material item or activity provides spiritual food for thought.
The author’s tone is that of a friend/guide who wants you to enjoy the beach world she knows. She is never condescending, and freely admits the times she has messed up in her relationship with God.
If you are looking for a devotional book that’s a bit different, or want to read a volume which takes you into a slower pace, try Beach Devotions.