Celebrate Lit: Glimpses of God by Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael
About the Book
Book: Glimpses of God: an autumn devotional for women
Authors: Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael
Genre: Devotional (nonfiction)
Release Date: August 13, 2021
Creator God made the world in which we live.
He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and oceans on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features and attributes that are common.
As Christ-followers we experience spiritual seasons. Though these seasons do not come in order like seasons in nature, each spiritual season we experience is defined by certain features.
This book is focused on autumn—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual autumns, we prepare for change and the possibility of difficult days ahead. It also represents abundance and blessings.
This book is part of the four-book Glimpses of God series.
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About the Authors
Shirley Crowder is an award-winning author (Ames Award, Southern Christian Writers Conference awards) and freelance Christian writer living in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries.
She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities including biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music. She is a speaker and teacher for women’s, biblical counseling, addiction, and writing conferences, retreats, and workshops.
Shirley has contributed to several blogs, and is published as an author, co-author, and contributing author of fourteen books. She has appeared on several The Addiction Connection Podcasts and on Shaped by Faith with Theresa Rowe.
Several of her articles have appeared in “Paper Pulpit” in the Faith section of The Gadsden (Alabama) Times. She also has published articles for David C. Cook, Student Life, and Woman’s Missionary Union publications.
Harriet E. Michael is an award-winning writer winner of two Selah Awards, a Cascade Award, and an Ames Award.
Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet is a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has hundreds of published articles, short stories, and devotions.
Harriet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Louisville Christian Writers. She is the author of ten books and hundreds of stories, articles, and devotions. Her work has appeared in publications by Focus on the Family, Lifeway, Standard Publishing, David C. Cook Co., Bethany House, American Life League, Crosswalk.com, Christian Communicator, Judson Press, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Upper Room, Pentecostal Publishing House, Smyth and Helwys, and more.
She is also a Christian speaker who loves to talk to women’s groups about prayer or other topics or speak at writers’ conferences on free-lance writing, non-fiction writing, and devotional writing.
More from the Authors
For the winter devo, we used the following (I’ve changed the final few paragraphs.) If you have a pumpkin bread recipe you can add it.
From Africa to America, Life Long Friends
March 14, many years ago …
In the heart of the African jungle in the Niger River delta of eastern Nigeria, the first cry of a newborn baby echoes from a small jungle hospital. The baby is a girl, Harriet Clarice, the third child of medical missionaries, Alice and Keith Edwards.
Harriet and her family stayed in this remote part of Nigeria for a year until the other family returned from furlough. At that time, they went for another year to Oyo, Nigeria to language school and then on to Ogbomoso in central Nigeria, where they stayed the next ten years. Keith practiced medicine at the hospital in Ogbomoso, and Alice worked with him as a nurse.
October 24 of the same year Harriet was born …
Deep in the Yoruba country of southwestern Nigeria, some 260 miles away from Joinkrama, piercing through the tropical night sounds, the first cry of another newborn baby cries out at a guesthouse in Ogbomoso. This baby is also a girl, Shirley Jeanne, the fourth child of missionaries Jeannie and Ray Crowder.
In 1962 the Crowders moved to Ogbomoso. Ray served as administrator of the 96-bed hospital, and Jeannie taught kindergarten and ministered to the Nigerian women with home visits and Bible studies. Harriet’s parents worked at the Ogbomoso hospital with Ray.
Harriet ended up living just up the dirt road from Shirley. They played together nearly every day and formed a friendship that remained, even after years and distance separated them.
Harriet and Shirley, and the others in this unique group of individuals, who shared a common childhood in Nigeria in our beloved tropical homeland half a world away from where most of us live now, grew up calling each other’s parents aunt and uncle. Even as adults, we still feel a kinship as though we are family—cousins perhaps.
Some years ago, at a mission reunion, Shirley handed Harriet a book to which she had contributed. That was the first time Harriet knew she was a writer. Shirley had discovered a few years earlier that Harriet was a writer, too.
Several years ago, Shirley suggested that they prayerfully consider writing a devotional book together. Through that experience, they learned that they work well together. Their similar understanding and views on scripture is a good foundation for the different strengths each of us bring when it comes to writing.
Since that first book, we have worked and continue to work together on other projects. Glimpses of God: an autumn devotional for women is the final book in our 4-book devotional series, Glimpses of God. Through our devotionals we pray people will see Glimpses of God all around them. Creator God made the world and the seasons throughout the year. By using the seasons in nature, we help readers see correlations to the spiritual seasons Christ-followers experience and to get “Glimpses of God” in and through everything that happens.
So, we guess it could be said that we are once again “playing” with our childhood friend in spite of several decades having passed since they played together happily beneath the shade of mango trees.
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 7
Vicky Sluiter, September 8
Texas Book-aholic, September 9
Lily’s Book Reviews, September 10
Christina’s Corner, September 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 12
Lighthouse-Academy, September 13
Splashes of Joy, September 13
The Book Club Network, September 14
Older & Smarter?, September 15
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 16
Mary Hake, September 16
For Him and My Family, September 17
Cover Lover Book Review, September 18
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19
Raining Butterfly Kisses, September 19
Lights in a Dark World, September 20
To celebrate their tour, Shirley and Harriet are giving away the grand prize package of a print copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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This is a relatively brief devotional--meant to maybe be read weekly through the autumn months?
Each entry consists of a featured scripture and a personal story from the authors. Then, the authors apply the scripture to their lives--and our own. It's real and homey and important.
I only held back from giving it a five because of a personal preference for a little more...maybe something from Hebrew or Greek, maybe something from past theologians, or an in-depth exploration into the origin of some of the spices used in Jesus' life and so on. I am finding so many devotionals to be similar to each other--so I am challenging writers to go a little deeper.
I do recommend this short book. We can never get enough of God's word or over-apply it to our lives. I am, however, going to go read some Charles Spurgeon and Meister Eckhart. I think I'm ready for a little bit more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit tours; the opinions expressed are my own.
Readers: What do you look for in a devotional? Thanks for reading and commenting!