Want to experience the tender love of the Savior? “Prized,” the new book from Jennifer Kennedy Dean, paints a beautiful picture of the kindness and gentleness of Jesus. This 30-day devotional, provides a fresh take on familiar passages, will immerse you in truths about God’s love for you. (This post is also a giveaway! For a chance to win a copy, leave a comment on the blog post.)
Jennifer, a gifted author and Bible teacher, passed away suddenly in June. She was a friend of mine and her writings and teachings significantly impacted my own spiritual growth. Jennifer finished “Prized” not long before her death, but the book was just released this month. Today I want to share some of Jennifer’s own words with you from the introduction to “Prized.” My hope is that you will get your own copy of “Prized” so that Jennifer can point you to the incredible love God has for you.
Why should we spend time focusing on the love of God for us?
From Jennifer’s Introduction to “Prized”
Would you spend thirty days with me letting your heart marinate in the incredible, unbelievable, astonishing love of the Lord for you? His love is a force that will transform you at your spiritual cellular level – the essence of who you are rather than just surface fixes. Deep change that will start on the inside and show up on the outside. His boundless, immeasurable, tender love will work in you to make you newer and newer every day…
I’ve realized that the more I give myself to Him, the more His love for me becomes real in my experience, not just my theology. The power and effect of His love for me has changed me. Changed me deep down…
See what might happen if you commit thirty days to letting His love be your full-frame focus; turn your heart toward Him like a fact to the sun. Absorb the radiance of His love deep into your life. Live new life…
We are Prized by Jesus
The following words from Jennifer overwhelmed me. I knew the passage well. But the truth it points to penetrated my heart in a new and fresh way.
The writer of Hebrews says, “For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). What was the joy set before Him? What did He have after the Cross He didn’t have before the Cross? The did the Cross gain for Him? It gained you and me. Nothing else. Just us. And He considered you and me worth the price He paid. You are His goal. You are His prize.
Experience God’s love for you in a fresh way
Today’s post is a giveaway. To enter for a chance to win a copy of “Prized” leave a comment below. You can enter a second time by sharing this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you share be sure to leave a second comment below so you can be entered a 2nd time.
But don’t wait until the drawing is held on Wednesday to get a copy of “Prized.” If you happen to win the giveaway, you will have an extra copy to share! Don’t wait to experience God’s amazing love for you!
(Find our more about Jennifer Kennedy Dean and her books at New Hope Publishers.)
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Such encouraging words.
The more I give myself to Him the more His love becomes real in my experience. So inspiring!
Wanda, and there will be no end to His love to experience! You are entered in the drawing!
Thanks for giving us a chance to winshared on fb
Noelle, can you make a separate comment about sharing on FB? The way the drawing plugin works, it needs you to comment twice to be entered twice. Thanks!
I would love to receive this book and be blessed
Mary, thanks for coming by. You are entered!
This looks like a devotional for me. Thanks for sharing Kathy!
Molly, you are entered!
The sample text from the book was heartwarming!
You are in just under the wire. I was about to close the comments and draw the winner, but you are entered!
I’d love this book!
Connie, you are entered in the drawing!
I’m ready to be transformed at my cellular spiritual level!🙌 I so need that shot in the spirit.🛐
I love her writings and teachings. So sad she died young by today’s standards. She gave so much! I would love to win the book, “Prized.”
You are entered Janice! And praise God, Jennifer’s writings will remain to continue to teach us all!
I am posting to Facebook, too.
You are entered twice!
This is encouraging, sometimes words like these really come to us when we need them and lift our spirits. I really needed to hear this these days. Thank you
Yes, definitely a good message for all of us! You are entered in the giveaway!
I would like to read “Prized”. Thanks for the opportunity to win a game copy. Sharing on FB and Twitter.
Julie, can you make a separate comment about sharing on FB and Twitter? The way the drawing plugin works, it needs you to comment twice to be entered twice. Thanks!
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Great, thanks! You are entered again!
sounds encouraging…and who doesn’t need to be encouraged in this world!
Lorraine, you are right! You are entered in the drawing!
Thanks for the opportunity to win Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s book. I felt a sense of loss at the news of her death because I have been challenged by previous books she has written. I sometimes struggled to read her books all the way through because I would have to stop and think and journal and pray and then go back and read it all again. Challenging reading!
Marilyn, yes, Jennifer’s teaching is deep! I have done her study “Live a Praying Life” at least twice and feel I could do it again. You are entered in the giveaway!
When I came across this book something went off in me & I immediately thought “This is for me !”
So I am entering to hopefully receive a free copy. I think this is a study I need at this time 🤓
Lucy, you are entered in the drawing!
That’s especially beautiful knowing that Jennifer entered into the joy of the Lord shortly after writing this. What a treasure to know WE are his joy!
Yes! Jennifer had such a deep relationship with Jesus! You are entered Julie.
Thankyou for reminding me to get Jennifer’s book, “Prized”. I especially like the Hebrews passage about The Joy set before our Lord: us with Him and the Father and The Holy Spirit. One again as He intended.(John 17). I learned about His Joy some time ago and it makes my everyday brighter and brighter…am looking forward to reading. this book.
Thanks for coming by Annette. You are entered in the giveaway!
Wow! Sounds like a very special devotional from a very special woman. How humbling her comment is on the Hebrews verse!!!
Dee, thanks for coming by. You are entered!
I surely will share this on facebook!
Thanks! You are entered again!
To know from God’s Word that as His child, I am “prized” encourages me. To be Jesus’s prize – to be that “joy set before Him” goes to the very core of my spirit with so much comfort and strength to go on with Him.
Thank you Kathy for telling us about the book “Prized”.
As a single person, feeling prized has been a struggle.
Mary Beth, you are prized by Jesus! You are entered in the giveaway.
As an older, always single woman, I feel alone & I need to feel prized.
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What beautiful words to reflect on. We are His prize….. Wow. I will be Sharing
I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Kennedy Dean and hear her speak at Women’s conference a year or so ago! What an inspiration she was!!! Prized sounds like a wonderful, uplifting devotional book!
I’m sorry you lost a friend, Kathy, I know she will be missed!
Such a beautiful reminder that He values me, even when I don’t FEEL like it!
Yes, amen! You are entered!
Kathy, if not to late I would like very much to be in the drawing. So sorry for the loss of your friend.
Sandra, it’s not too late! You are entered!