Book Review: Dwelling Places

29 Jun

Dwelling-PlacesDo you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word — such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace — to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.


LMcDowell-381Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry Encouraging Words. An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from Sunnyside cottage in Connecticut.

Find out more about Lucinda at


My Impressions:

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The words of the Psalmist promise peace and security. But the words don’t mean just in the next life. You can start dwelling or abiding in the Lord right now. One way to do that is to immerse yourself in the God’s Word. One good resource is Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s devotional guide, Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season. Divided into seasons with 30-40 daily readings, this devotional will meet you just where you are and where God is too! Each day you will find a verse of Scripture to meditate upon (or memorize), a brief story that explores each Word and questions to make you think. I have been reading selections from Summer and the passages have really spoken to me. I have only one caveat to this book: each day ends with a word from God. Although I did not find anything that contradicted God’s Word (in fact most of the passages are paraphrases of scripture), some may not like that the author puts words in God’s mouth.

If you are looking for a way to reignite your quiet time, then I recommend you check out Dwelling Places.


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Abingdon and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment Giveaway.


One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Dwelling Places
A Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
A kit full of goodies you’ll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

One second place winner will receive:A copy of Dwelling Places
A Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda


Click HERE to enter.



5 Responses to “Book Review: Dwelling Places”

  1. Suzanne Sellner June 29, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    I tried clicking on the images for Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s giveaway, but they don’t seem to be connected to anything. Then I tried finding the giveaway on her Facebook page and her Amazon author’s page to no avail. Any other ideas? Thanks.

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2016 at 8:37 am #

      Oops! Let me work on that. Check back later tonight.

    • rbclibrary June 29, 2016 at 8:46 am #

      I added a click HERE, after the list of prizes. See if that works.

  2. thepowerofwords2016 June 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    I really liked this devotional, Beckie, and thought it had more “meat” in it than a lot of devotionals I’ve seen. I’ve got to somehow find time to write my review! Some may not care for God’s voice at the end of each meditation, like you mentioned, but I kind of liked it. My favorite part is all the classics she quotes from, like Amy Carmichael, Andrew Murray, etc.

    • rbclibrary June 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Carole, I included the caveat due to a comment another reader made a while back. It didn’t bother me either, but some people have a problem with that. I liked this devotional too. A couple of times I felt the passage was written specifically for me. I love when God does that!

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