Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review: LOL with God

Title: LOL with God: Devotional messages of hope & humor for women
Author: Pam Farrel and Dawn Wilson
Publisher: Tyndale
Publishing Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58997-34509
Pages: 243
Genre: Religion/Christian Life/Women
I was given a free copy of this book by Tyndale publishers for my honest review.

From the publisher:
A cheerful heart is still good medicine! In LOL with God: Devotional Messages of Hope & Humor for Women, authors Pam Farrel and Dawn Wilson provide short, easy-to-read devotions to encourage women wiht humor and Scripture, and leave them feeling revived and refreshed. Avowed "texters," Pam and Dawn use the theme of sending and receiving text messages throughout the book as a unifying feature. Bur for texters and non-texters alike, this devotional shares personal stories from women who have learned to "choose joy!" and offers a fresh perspective of living in God's presence. So get ready to be encouraged and to laugh out loud.

About the Authors:
Pam Farrel is known for "choosin joy!" Her messages of hope and help have encouraged and equipped women worldwide. Pam and her husband, Bill, are international speakers, relationship experts on marriage and parenting, and are the authors of over 30 books, including best-selling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. Pam has written numerous books for women, including The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make, Woman of Influence, Woman of Confidence, and Fantastic After 40. Pam is also the founder and president of Seasoned Sisters, an organization designed to encourage and equip women to maximize mid-life and beyond. For more information, go to www.seasonedsisters.com
Bill and Pam Farrel have relationship columns in magazines and newspapers, are frequent guests on radio and TV, and their resources have been translated into more than 15 languages. The Farrels have experience as a pastoral couple and are available for speaking engagements. Pam is also a popular speaker for women's events. She and Bill have parented three children and enjoy their relationship with their daughter-in-law and granddaughters. When Pam is not writing, she is looking for her car keys, cell phone, or ginko. She wants her audiences to know "U R cr8ed 2 b gr8 4 God."

Dawn Wilson's passion in life is wrapped up in one work: Choices! Whether encouraging women to make daily choices that align with God's Word, or pointing them to the one crucial decision in life-"What will you do with Jesus?"-Dawn offers wisdom that makes women think and hope in Christ that heals their hearts. Through this is her first book, Dwan's writing career began in the 1980's as a freelance writer for Spririt of Revival magazine. She also worked as a journalist for 16 years with San Diego's Christian Examiner. She currently serves as a writer and researcher for Revive Our Hearts radio teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss; writes for a prophecy-focused television ministry; and serves as Communications Director for Pam Farrel's Seasoned Sisters. Dawn and her husband founded the leadership-developmetn organiztion PaceSetter Ministries, and Dawn later founded her own speking outreach, Heart Choices Ministries. The Wilsons, married 36 years, are glad their two grown sons and their families live in San Diego so they can enjoy their three granddaughters. "Life is all about choices," Dawn says. "I choose God, family, bookstore gift cards, and rich dark chocolate!"

My review:
This is a great devotional that uses the idea of texting to bring about the message. In today's world, there aren't many that don't use texting daily and that don't know what the texting abbreviations stand for. The authors honed in on one of society's trends of today to reach out with the word of God.

The book is divided into single devotionals that can easily be used for your daily devotional time. Each entry includes four sections with a text message and then a short story to relate the day's topic. The entry then includes what is called Send Up a Message that is a short prayer for you to offer up to God. The third section, Text Helps, is my favorite as it lists key Bible verses to read that go along with the day's topic. Finally, a section that lets you tie it all in together, as an area is given for you to write your own text message to God.

This is a great devotional to use for texters and non-texters alike as it is a fun, upbeat way to learn more about God and help you to focus your daily devotional time.


  1. Thank you for this review, Laura. Pam and I are praying that God will use this devotional to encourage women to find hope and help in God and His Word. Moms are so busy these days, and the culture tries to destroy our joy in the Lord. We hope a few minutes in "LOL with God" ~ and especially meditating on the scriptures we've shared ~ will encourage their joy and faith.

  2. Laura, may we have permission to quote you?

  3. Dawn, feel free to quote me. I have also posted this on another blog that I have. I didn't have the option to put in two personal blogs for the link to the publisher. You can check it out at http://ajourneyoffaith-sv.blogspot.com