on Oct. 14, 2015 :
I've only scratched the surface of this devotional, but I've read enough to give my review. I truly enjoy devotionals, to go along with my daily Bible readings. I have read many and have yet to find one that disappoints. Abundant Rain is a nice devotional filled with stories that will touch you and help you draw closer to God. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy getting more out of their daily walk with the Lord....those who wish to draw closer to Him and feel His comfort and grace. I am happy to add this devotional to my daily Bible reading. I recommend you do the same....and be blessed.
I won this devotional and was under no obligation to give a review....positive or negative.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2011 :
Marcia Laycock is one of the best devotion writers I've read. Each devotion is fresh, on target, and leaves me changed. As a writer, I've been encouraged and inspired by her writing. I have indeed been blessed richly by Abundant Rain. Thank you, Marcia, for writing a devotion book for us. :)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Writers, like any other group of people following a particular passion, are a misunderstood lot. It takes one of our own to know which words will encourage us. Abundant Rain is a book designed to bless writers. It’s one to read and then read again, in small sections, as needed.
The subtitle of this ebook is “Inspiring words for writers of faith.” It’s an 110-page collection of short pieces designed to encourage and sustain writers (and perhaps to help their loved ones understand them).
Topics cover perseverance, pride, writing about life’s ugly bits and hard questions, self-promotion versus bragging, art and perfectionism, praising God, and what happens when we compare ourselves with other writers.
Check out the free ebook, “A Small Patch of Blue,” on Marcia Lee Laycock’s Smashwords profile page if you’d like to preview an excerpt from Abundant Rain.
Marcia Lee Laycock is an award-winning Canadian author of non-fiction and fiction. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies (most recently in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider) and she has written two devotional compilations, Spur of the Moment and Focused Reflections, as well as the novel One Smooth Stone.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Abundant Rain sits on my computer desktop so that I can start my writing day with a bit of inspiration and reflection on Scripture. Using her own personal experience, Marcia turns readers towards God. Each devo encouraged me to think about my relationship with my Creator and how the Creator is the source of my own creativity. I appreciated Marcia's humble, honest words as she shared short stories, quotes, and Scripture verses. This is a devotional book that every writer should have on their computer.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Barbara Ann Derksen
on Aug. 24, 2011 :
Abundant Rain, a devotional directed toward writers, is a well-written encouragement to all, including writers. The principles traverse occupational boundaries but certainly do speak to the writer in us. I found myself re-reading a few to more fully understand the profound principle imbedded within. A great read for writers and for anyone looking for the reason tey should be doing what they do.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on July 29, 2011 :
Review by: Sharon Espeseth on July 29, 2011:
Marcia Laycock's Abundant Rain, moves me in many ways, but always in the direction of reliance on God. Story after personal story entices me to examine the way I look at my writing and to compare that to the way God might see my efforts and my attitude.
In "False Starts," Marcia encourages writers and other artists to look carefully at Paul's words in Hebrews: ". . . and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . ." We have many false starts in our writing, but we do also in our spiritual lives. As well as striving and persisting, we need to focus on Christ, who endured the cross for us. This point of view will serve us well in our spiritual lives and in our writing.
This successful writer admits to her own qualms and foibles. Any writer or artist can identify with Ms. Laycock as she explores the gamut of emotions a writer experiences. Sometimes we lack courage; other times we can become proud. Marcia opens her heart to us. We can identify with her when she is humbled. We can rejoice with her when her writing has blessed, and even changed, others.
Abundant Rain is a deep well of refreshment and a resource to ponder daily. Ms. Laycock quotes the Jewish Talmud saying, "Their prayer is the practice of their trade." I pray that each time I pick up a pen or sit down to my computer, I am mindful of this. Writers and others who feel called to serve God with the talents they are given would find this a valuable tool for their trade.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on July 28, 2011 :
Abundant Rain by Marcia Laycock zinged straight into my heart. And it’s a keeper. Normally I don’t read devotional books, but I was delightfully surprised when I began to read Abundant Rain. This devotional book is now on my desktop to be opened each day.
While Abundant Rain is geared to writers, it would also be an inspiration to any type of artist, but especially those who use words as their medium.
There were moments where the author’s devotional thoughts were exactly what I needed to hear that very day. Her anecdotes were at times hilarious or tenderly poignant. In each case my soul was deeply touched.
Either I was encouraged in my personal journey as a writer of Christian literature, or I felt the mild chastisement I needed to keep my focus straight, only making me that much stronger in my call to write.
I highly recommend Abundant Rain to all aspiring writers, artists, or even to those who have already experienced success. This devotional will help keep the journey of your artistic soul as straight as an arrow.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
J. Steve Miller
on July 15, 2011 :
As an author, I've discovered that many of my peculiar challenges, struggles and joys are shared by other writers. Thus, the need for a devotional that helps writers at their point of need.
Marcia Laycock bares her writer's soul, first to the Lord, then to the printed page, helping fellow writers draw closer to God as they pursue their often ill-understood passion. She writes a story from her life, includes a reflection upon a Scripture, and often includes an apt quote from people as diverse as Thoreau, Madeleine L'Engle and Henry Nouwen. Some of my favorite quotes:
"The gift of language is God's instrument in our hands. May we use it wisely with humility and grace, to his glory."
W.O. Mitchell - "The most constant state of an artist is uncertainty."
Book industry expert Ross Laird - "Freedom for writers today means finding joy in the turbulence."
Highly recommended for Christian authors.
(reviewed the day of purchase)