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A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When the rush of regular life leaves you breathless by day’s end, this collection of everyday stories becomes the place where you can come as you are, and find yourself among friends. Friends who have been there. Friends who’ll lean in close and say, “Me too!” Through our stories the bonds of friendship deepen as we listen to each other, laugh with each other, and learn fr ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by B Books
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Sarah Esmae Wolfe
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This year-long daily devotional has a very narrow target demographic: married Christian women who are mothers to small children. And if this applies to you, I think you would really enjoy this. However, I am neither married or have children, so I didn't relate to many of the devotionals. There were some that were pretty good but most were just okay and/or unrelatable.
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
I've said before that I'm not really a short daily devotional fan. I tend to prefer a more in-depth morning Bible study. But I'm always encouraged by the (in)courage community so I just couldn't resist taking a look at this new book.

The set up is simple. There's a short Scripture reading followed by an applicable story from one of the many (in)courage writers. Then it ends with a section called A Moment to Breathe.

I've read through most of the readings and have enjoyed them. The women that cont
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed this daily devotional. Clearly since it took me over a year to finish, I missed a few days here and there. These devotions began with a verse or two of Scripture followed by a short devotion and concluded with a brief application. It was the perfect way to start my day by focusing on God. I often found just what I needed to hear in the pages of this book and have shared with several friends. Makes a great gift!
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This devotional from (in)courage is perfect for women of all stages of life, all ages, all races, for women who want to meet with God and need a moment to breathe. But specifically, I think it's perfect for the women who feel like they don't even have a moment to breath, who are busy and tired and overwhelmed, who work from home, who work outside the home, who stay at home nursing babies and losing sleep, who love Jesus and are looking to do life with Him and see that they NEED a moment to breat ...more
Jolene -
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess by the (in)courage community aims to nurture, strengthen, and encourage women. I almost cried when I started reading the introduction because it just felt so welcoming. There are no assumptions or pretense that my life is at a certain level of cohesiveness. This book doesn't expect me to have it all together. It isn't trying to tell me how to do it just right so I can be the perfect wife, perfect mom, perfect girl, perfect Ch ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
What's not to like about this book ~ A Moment To Breathe ~ 365 Devotions That Meet You In Your Everyday Mess, the color, the feel, the title, because there are many times a day, where I say, oh I just need a moment! This little book is packed full of encouragement, beautiful truths, real messes, stories from relatable women, whom many I know through their books or blogging!

I have been reading one a day during my Bible study time. It only takes a few minutes to read one of the devotionals, but th
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently ordered a devotional, from the BH publishing group. This book was a great read. It is hard to describe this book, but below I put a summary of what was on the back of the book. 

When the rush of regular life leaves you breathless by day’s end, this collection of everyday stories becomes the place where you can come as you are, and find yourself among friends. Friends who have been there. Friends who’ll lean in close and say, “Me too!” Through our stories, the bonds of friendship deepen
Julie McComas
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a treasure trove for me. While I fangirled over many of the contributors like my friend, Robin Dance, Suzanne Eller, Lisa-Jo Baker, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Renee Swope, Holley Gerth, Annie F. Downs, and Emily P. Freeman just to name a few, I also found a bunch of the other contributors to be just as swoon worthy. They speak my language! They take everyday life and speak (or write) Jesus into those spaces that many of us seem to overlook.

One of the coolest things in this book is "A Mome
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Moment to Breathe is a great devotional! Its small size makes it easy to carry with me to read when I travel for a quick moment to-- well, breathe! I like that it's undated so I don't feel guilty if I miss a day, and can read at my own pace. So far I've really enjoyed a lot of the devotionals in the book-- all well-written and sweet. There were a few that didn't feel relatable to me, but that's always going to happen. I liked the little "moment to breathe" section at the bottom of each devotio ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Breathe

"A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that meet you in your everyday mess" is a true blessing. I am a very busy mom of 4 who goes non-stop from sun up to sun down and rarely ever have time to slow down to rest and just breathe. These devotions have been a breath of fresh air and filled with encouragement for my weary soul. They are short so that you can really just take a moment out of your busy day to "breathe" and reset your day and mind. The devotions are written by 80 (in)courage a
Amanda Williams
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title alone is enough to sell the book.

What person, specifically woman, doesn't crave a moment to breathe–an overwhelming desire for someone, anyone, to meet them in their everyday mess?

I'll raise my hand. Me, me, me! Yes, please, and thank you.

Delightfully, in this particular case, the content delivers what the title promises.


From the (in)courage community, eighty authors come together and offer a glimpse into their stories. Stories that are very similar to yours and mine. The players a
Leslie M.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I love devotionals, so I was excited to have the chance to review this one. The topic immediately caught my eye: 365 devotions that meet you in your everyday mess.

This book would be a wonderful addition to daily Bible study for women of all ages who looking for a moment to breathe. (In fact, the devotions provide you with that moment to just take a breath and listen to what God has to say.) The devotions are written by numerous women. The format is: title, Bible verse, message, and pra
Lavonne Beale
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not only a very pretty book, it also has beautiful, heartfelt devotionals. This is wonderful. It is a devotional for women, by women. It is women sharing real life in our good times and bad times, in our lovely times and in our messes, and everything in between.

I love how each page starts with a scripture, followed by a story from the author’s perspective, and ends with “A Moment to Breathe”. They are honest, truthful, sometimes raw. But always go straight to the heart of women.

The book
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I say that from the moment that I picked up this devotional book it truly spoke to me. We all are so busy and sometimes have to squeeze in time for ourselves. This is the perfect devotional book for those times. It will touch your heart and get you thinking! It always seems to relate to something I am going through or have been through. I highly suggest this book to give your friends or family members. The holidays are coming up and we all look for something special to give ou
Julie D.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful devotional. It's visually beautiful with a lovely cloth cover and blue lettering inside. I love beautiful things and this definitely is beautiful.

Better than the pretty look of the book are the amazing devotions for each day that will really bless your heart and draw you closer to the Lord. These are written by several different women so there is a devotion that will touch you right where you are.

There are 365 devotions in this book and they start with a Scripture and th
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So many talented women share their real-life stories with humility and grace in this wonderful book.

If you regularly read the (in)courage blog, you’ll recognize the style. Thoughtful, sensitive, and quietly contemplative. I’m so excited that I will be featured there on Dec. 23, and I hope you’ll put it on your calendar to read my post!

This book would make a great gift for a blogger and aspiring author, a mom in the trenches, an empty nester, or a woman who simply needs a break from the fast-pace
`A Moment To Breathe` is a Devotional written by the women of the (in)courage community to women of all ages. Some of the featured women are Holley Gerth, Lisa-Jo Baker and Annie F. Downs.

There are 365 devotions in this book. Each day's devotion includes scripture, a note of faith for that day, and an easy activity. At the back of the book is a Scripture index so you can find a devotion by verse. I like the subdued cover and the book's ribbon marker that matches it. The scripture verses come f
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a book about being perfect woman or about being a perfect Christian. It's a book about real women with real struggles finding God in their everyday mess. It's real, it's honest and it connects with you on a level and confirms that God is there for you every step of the way. It's a book about healing and finding joy in the little things. Each day starts with a Scripture and then a story from one of the amazing writers followed by "A Moment To Breathe" with a little something for you to ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book full of really nicely thought out and written daily devotionals.
I was thrilled as I read through it to keep running across some of my favorite authors. The even nicer surprise was how much I enjoyed the devotions written by people I wasn't familiar with.
Each day is quick to read and to the point. They are not light and fluffy reads though. I really enjoyed using them as journaling prompts each morning. The day is laid out where you get a scripture to focus on, a devotional and th
Jessie Young
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely collection of short devotional written by a variety of people. Each day has a scripture to focus on followed by a personal story from the author and concludes with “a moment to breathe” focus element to connect your personal journey with the verse and the story given. There is also a scripture index which is very helpful. The stories are personable and relatable, concise but full of pertinent details. Very nice collection. I️ enjoyed this book. While it won’t be my go to devotional becaus ...more
Deborah Flora
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle says "365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess."

Combine that with the title, A Moment to Breathe, and release a huge sigh of relaxation. Don't you think?! :)

This book hails from the (In)Courage community and is filled with relatable stories from the pens and hearts of a lot of lovely ladies! Here’s a few names ~ Denise J. Hughes is the editor and also shares stories in it. You’ll find Holley Gerth, Rachel Anne Ridge, Emily P. Freeman, Annie F. Downs, Mary Carver, Jacque Wat
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This little blue devotional is a true treasure! I often find it difficult to find just the right devotional, especially when intended for a gift. However, look no more because THIS book is it! Filled with personal experiences from everyday women that are relatable and pertinent to life, one finds validation, encouragement and strength in these pages. Search the topics to meet your present need in life and be comforted; just like talking with a true friend. This book will be referred to over and ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of insight and wisdom, lessons learned, and lives lived out on the pages of this beautiful little book. A Moment to Breathe is a wonderful daily devotional written by women for women and one, I believe, every woman should have in her life. Our lives can get so busy that we often put ourselves last and forget to take time for us and sometimes put God and our spiritual life on the back burner. A Moment to Breathe helps us to focus on just that...taking a moment to breathe, to refocu ...more
Isabella Morganthal
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful devotional that meets you right where you are! Would totally recommend to anyone regardless of age. Whether you're a busy teen or a mom trying to balance everything, you're going to find this book encouraging. As a crazy busy young adult, I was excited to see that the devotions are short, sweet, and right to the point. Super easy to read, even when I'm having a busy day. Love it!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the textured cover and peaceful vibe of the cover that draws me to pick up this devotional. This compilation of thoughts by so many different ladies is pulled together seamlessly to encourage women in all we face daily. I feel each gave a glimpse into their own imperfect life in a short story and tied it well to a thoughtful application for us. It's just the right length to fit in before work each morning and a pleasure to look forward to as a great start to my day!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As a fan of devotionals., I put this book right at the top. What an oustanding devotional. Very easy to read and follow. I love the scripture and the devotional that accompanies it and then the moment to breathe. I often gift devotionals to my loved ones during the holidays, and this one will be one that I will present to people for gifts.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each daily devotional is a new journey! I love not only the author's insight, but also the variety of ways they look at the word of God. It's wonderful for a quick morning or evening read, as well as chunks at a time. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down :)
Lori Whitaker
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just wrecking me in a fresh and wonderful way. Each day is literally an inhale of beautiful truth that ANYBODY has time for. And the book itself is so gorgeous you will want to leave it out for you to grab whenever you need a moment to breathe.
Mimi Sneed Ryans
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this definitional
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pamela-s-books
I love this devotional for a number of reasons. I've always enjoyed other people's stories, their real life stories. We may have different experiences than others, but don't we all struggle in many of the same ways? Can't we all use some encouragement from others who have learned something along the way? These daily devotions are a collection of stories from 80 writers! You can read one a day for an entire year or a few at a time for some extra encouragement when you need it! I received an advan ...more
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Denise J. Hughes is the author of the Word Writers series and a passionate student of the Bible. A popular conference speaker, she is also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and the editorial coordinator for (in)courage. She lives with her husband and three kids in the Los Angeles area. Follow her at and on Twitter @DeniseJHughes. ...more

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