Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Redeemed by Mike Weaver

The song Redeemed by the popular Christian group Big Daddy Weave has inspired millions. This collection of 30 devotions by songwriter Mike Weaver focuses on redemption, grace, and the healing power of Christ's love. For fans of Big Daddy Weave who have been touched by Redeemed, this book is more than an impulse purchase; it's a must-read.

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me"son
stop fighting a fight that's already been won"
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I'll shake off theses heavy chains
Wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, "Child lift up your head"
I remember oh God, You're not done with me yet
I don't have to be the old man inside of me
Cause his day is long dead and gone
I've got a new name, a new life I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home.

My review:
   I don't listen to a lot of Christian Contemporary music, as I lean towards more Southern Gospel, but I do listen to some. This is one CCM song I have heard several times and has really meant a lot to me. If you have never heard it, you should listen to it.

  The devotional is a thirty day devotional based on the song. Each day talks about being redeemed from or for something. Redeemed from regret, redeemed from the tears, redeemed to serve, redeemed by grace, etc.

  Each devotional takes up six pages. On the first page is the actual devotional, followed by a page of Scripture verses that apply to the devotional. The third page has quotes from different people that fit with the devotional, the fourth page has one quote, and is followed by a page with a timely tip and a prayer. The day ends with a page for your own thoughts on the subject dealt with.

  I prefer 365 day devotionals that I can read all year long, and am currently reading one in the morning and one in the evening, but I incorporated the Redeemed devotional into my devotional time and not only enjoyed reading it, but found it very helpful. Even though the actual devotional is very short, they are good and combined with the Scripture and quotes, it makes for a great devotional to use for a month, and maybe go back to a few months later.

  And not everyone wants a yearly devotional. If not, this would be a great one to read once a week or every few days or just when you want to add more to your time with God. Or do as I did, and even if you're already reading a yearly devotional, incorporate it in with your devotional time. It will add more and you'll be encouraged by it.

About the author:

Mike Weaver is the lead singer for the hugely popular contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave. The band has received numerous awards, including a Dove Award in 2010. Weaver co-wrote the band's hit song Redeemed, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the National Christian Audience Chart and nine weeks at No. 1 on the AC Monitored Chart. The video for Redeemed has also proven to be immensely popular, with almost 2 million views on YouTube.

Redeemed is available from Worthy Publishing.

Thanks to Worthy Publishing for the review copy.