When Erin Coss contacted me and asked me to be an advance reader for A Tidbit Romance, I was a bit mystified, but thrilled to be asked. I usually don’t do reviews for devotionals, and quite honestly, I don’t read them very often. However, when the ARC came in the mail, I nearly jumped up and down in anticipation.
While my reading schedule is haphazard at best, what with doing kids’ reviews over at CCBR, reading works for other writer’s WIPs, and reading for my own enjoyment, I made time to read Romance, sometimes 3, 4, or even 10 devotions at a time.
All of Erin’s chapters are between two and three pages, enough that it makes them a quick read–I love this, especially as a busy mother of 1.9 (unless there’s been a notice that #2 has made it into this world! I’m writing this at the end of June and still pregnant.)
But, what I really like most of all about this book is the conversational style. I feel like I’m having a conversation with an old friend every time I open the book. Maybe that’s why I haven’t read too many other devotionals: because they all feel like they’re beating me over the head with my inadequacies. Erin’s approach to sharing Scripture and the things that have been revealed to her through its study makes me feel like I’m with my small group at church, and she’s sharing just a tidbit of her thoughts with the group.
Most of the Scripture passages are familiar (the story of the prodigal son comes to mind), but I was pleasantly surprised to find several passages used that I was unfamiliar with, or had never delved deeper into. And what was said in response to the passages was relevant to my everyday life, and further substantiated with additional Scripture in many cases. Several of the devotions I’ve earmarked to go back and read with my husband.
If you never read devotionals, A Tidbit Romance would be a good start. If you do read them regularly, it would be a terrific addition to your library.
Thank you, Erin, for giving me the opportunity to read A Tidbit Romance!
Erin Coss – A.K.A. The Chicken Dance Mama, is a published author and speaker. She has published works in Revival Nation Magazine, and books, including First Conversations (Bethesda), My Surgery Journal and My Hospital Journal (k2e Books). Erin has also worked on the television series
The Directors (Encore) and the television documentary The Genocide Factor (PBS). Her high-energy, down-to-earth style is what drives the Chicken Dance Mama persona. Erin loves having fun relishing in God’s word and shares her insights in her book, A Tidbit Romance – Falling in Love with God’s Word One Devotion at a Time. She resides outside Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Eric, and their three children.
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