Saturday, April 1, 2017

Queen of the Universe by Susanna Foth Aughtman

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Inspired (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617956694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617956690

About the Book:

As a mom, you rule your family's universe. Everyone looks to you to know the answers, create the atmosphere, and make it happen -- whatever it is. Who you are has a huge impact on who your children become. 

And though you may not always feel it, you are the best possible queen of their universe. God created you exclusively for that position. 

These fifty-two devotions will inspire and encourage you to understand and appreciate the difference you make in the lives of your families.

My Thoughts:

I have two rock solid criteria for reviewing a devotional book. First and foremost, it must contain Scripture from the Bible.  Otherwise, what's the point?  Even a nugget from the Word is better than allowing your spirit to starve due to lack of time.

Next, the book must fit the audience it is meant for.  A devotional for golfers needs to have those golf-y terms I don't get but golfers can relate to.  A devotional for the military should have relevance to the needs of those willing to lay down their lives for us.

So, Aughtman's "Queen of the Universe" is written to encourage moms and to help them realize they are doing world-changing work (I didn't make it up.  It's on the cover of the book!).  The cover is eye catching, from the crown in the corner to the color of the title and the font used.  That's a huge plus in the massive world of devotional books.

But does "Queen" meet my standards?  Is there an ample amount of Scripture?  Each daily reading opens with a healthy nugget of the Word to chew on throughout the day.  And each daily reading ends with a heartfelt prayer, so the answer is a resounding "YES!".

My second requirement is that the devotional fit the audience.  Well, it's pink, and there's a we're on the right track. Each reading is fairly brief--a page and a half to two pages.  Just enough to cover you on a bathroom break!

Is the content relevant?  Oh, my word, is it TOTES REL!  I know...I just embarrassed myself a bit there. Forgive me.  But when I read chapter 23, titled "Controlling Yourself", and then read the first line of the page, I was almost in need of a potty break!  And I quote:

"Potty training can try the soul of the heartiest of mothers."  And I was hooked!  So I sampled a few more pages...then a few more...and once I'd read about half of the book, I was in love with Aughtman's wit and turn of a phrase, and searching for more of her books!

With Mother's Day on the horizon and Easter just around the corner, "Queen of the Universe" is the ideal book to put in a gift basket filled with, oh, say, chocolate, a colorful bookmark, more chocolate, a coupon for a free something, more chocolate...

You get the point.

Now get copies of "Queen of the Universe" and give them to the royal ones who's crowns are slipping a bit.  And keep one for yourself, because I'm giving this one my "Oh, the Feels!" for the laughter and the tears it brings along for the ride.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher with no services promised nor provided.

Mark Your Place,




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