To say that this book is a collection of poems is to miss the mark. This book is a collection of poetry that is completely based on the Word of God. In fact the book is laid out so that when you open it, you see a page of Scriptures on the left and the poem on the right.
The page of Bible verse is important because the passages address the topic. The poem is based on these Scriptures.
I loved the page of Scriptures. I felt so encouraged and inspired by them, especially in light of the topic covered. The poems are straight from the author's heart. The idea of each poem is to encourage the reader with spiritual truths.
I felt eager to draw closer to the Lord after I read this book. I could really sense the author's heart to build up the Body of Christ.
Ron tackles a number of difficult issues including divorce, abortion, and everyday life survival. The poems are honest and transparent, not trying to impress, but rather to bless.
I read the books and two of my adult daughters each read portions of the book. They could tell that the author had a heart to impact people with his poem.
The book I read is a softcover edition, but you can also read it on Kindle. You notice that the book I reviewed is God's Mail Volume 3. This, of course means that there are two other volumes: God's Mail Volume 1 and God's Mail Volume 2.
This book would make a great springboard for Bible study. Starting with the page of Scriptures, the reader could read through the passages and spend time in prayer based on the Bible verses. Then it's time to read the poem and find encouragement in life's challenging moments.
You can purchase God's Mail Volume 3 at their website.
It's nice to see a man reaching out to the Body of Christ with his passion for poetry based on Scripture.
some time now God has been speaking to me; reminding me, “And they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved
not their lives unto the death (Rev 12:11). I know these bones have been a bit
dry, I know that my fire does not burn as hot as it once did. And I remember
that there is power, great power, in testimonies. Faith comes by hearing and
our faith grows when we hear the Good News and how it has changed and touched
lives. Needless to say, I just knew what I needed was to read God’s Mail Volume 3 from God’s Mail written by Ronald Hardin. This is a
collection of poems intended to encourage, instruct and comfort those who are
walking with Christ; even those who have not yet come to the knowledge of the
faith. These books are available both in print form as well as Kindle. For this
review, I received the Kindle edition.
God’s Mail: Volume 3
addresses some rather deep topics such as suicide, healing from abortion, and a
variety of every day struggles we face as believers and unbelievers. It also
reminds us throughout the pages of promises God has made to His people. This is,
most of all, a book for, “saints and sinners, as well as saints with sinners
problems.” I love that because I do believe that I am that saint living with
sinners’ problems. I tend to be pretty raw, pretty real, pretty awful at times.
Struggling, leaning on God as I fight to press on. If I struggle n this way,
surely there are others who are messy, ugly, awful and in need as I am.
Each poem within the pages of this book is preceded by
scripture. Quite a few scriptures, which relate to the topic of the following poem. For those who love to write the scriptures, this can be a great way to
get those words in your heart and mind each day. Read the poem, write the
words. Pray and meditate on them. There are a variety of translations used, so
be aware in case you tend to prefer one over others. I admit I am a pretty
staunch believer in KJV. I can appreciate poetic writing, flowery descriptive
sing-song as well – there is a place for all things. The verses and versions
here did fit in well with the poems so it flowed nicely.
Some of the titles for these
poems really made me chuckle – Blessing Pirates
– Reminding us to guard the gift God has given us. For there are those who come
to steal and kill and destroy. We must be ready, we must be alert.
a reminder of our all to lay down our lives for Him; to trust Him and put Him
first in ALL things. How true it is, when walking through that door, we must be
prepared to face – fiery darts, persecution, separation – it is not a walk for
the faint of heart. It will be lonely. It will be hard. But Jesus will be with
us and will bless us with joy and peace like nothing else.
While some made me giggle,
others made me weep – Dead Homie – memories of old friends, foolish choices and
dangerous ways. Yet we can be free. Jesus made me free, cleansed from all my
past – I don’t feel clean – sometimes I feel guilty, anger – so many still
stuck – whether pride or blindness – they will not come. They will continue to
live until their way brings them death. Some already gone – There is such a
power when we believe. Such a change when we give it all to the Lord.
I have been in a season of
anguish, darkness – people I thought were friends, watching them self destruct
– Feelings getting in the way of sensible behavior. So many friends (family
too) that make choices that make me want to (honestly) slap them silly. I
forget, I wish – I cannot save you, I cannot change you. I cannot convince you.
As we grow we become more stable, more faithful and we receive more than simply
“scraps from the Master’s table.” Obedience and persistence can bring us to a
place where we can receive those Deeper Blessings.
These poems are short, they are simple to read. I often found
myself enjoying one while waiting in a line at the store, in between watching
kids skate, or just when I really needed a little pick me up. There has always
been something comforting and peaceful about poetry. The flow, you can hear it
sing in your ears as you read. It’s like a friend whispering just what you need
to hear, just when you need to hear it. Reminders, “pray much for others; plead
for God’s mercy upon them, give thanks for ALL He will do for them.” It’s not
about me. It’s not about you. It is all about Jesus and when we know, and
believe, really believe, we will be free and we will worship and we will serve
There are times when we all need to be immersed in God’s words to provide us with comfort or calmness. There have been many occasions in my life when reading the word of God, or about the word of God have provided me with the peace of mind that I could not have found at any other place. It is because of this that I was excited to be given the opportunity to review God’s Mail Volume 3 from God’s Mail.
As the title suggests, this is the third installment in the God’s Mail series, written by Ron Hardin.
God’s Mail is written in the form of poems that are based on the word of God. Prior to each poem, the reader will find a series of biblical verses that correlate with the topic of the poem.
The verses are written in a variety of translations, including NKJV, MSG, and TLB.
The poems and scriptures cover such topics as blessings, forgiveness, being obedient, teen pregnancy, abortion, divorce and many others. The challenges that we face in our everyday walks of life can be found within the pages. It is this concept that had me truly want to read God’s Mail Volume 3.
While hardcover copies are available, I was given a digital copy of the book. While my Kindle copy did not contain illustrations, there is information at the beginning of the book about the illustrator, which leads me to believe there are illustrations in the hardcover.
The formatting available on the Kindle was similar to any other electronic book that I have read, and was easy to navigate. Kindle provides the reader with the opportunity to change font type and size.
The book contains many endorsements that are found at the beginning. I do wish that those had been placed at the back, as I typically do not read these.
Reading this book was very uplifting for me. There were scriptures and poems that provided me with the peace that I needed. For example, this excerpt from “Don’t Worry” was extremely comforting:
“It’s not be our strength or by our might that he moves or may speak, It’s mainly when we are powerless and when we are weak.”
I found that since I had the Kindle version on my phone, I could read a poem anytime I was waiting in a line. Since the poems are relatively short, I could read two or three in a ten-minute time frame. I would then spend some time reflecting on the poems and scriptures.
I think God’s Mail Volume 3 would be a great gift for any person. I think it would be especially great for a “secret sister” gift.
God's Mail Volume 3 is a book of poems are written by Ronald Hardin. Even though his grandparents and parents were God fearing folk Ronald himself got into a life of crime, drugs, and gangs. After many near misses Ronald rededicated his life to the Lord and started his own ministry in using his poems to comfort and encourage other believers in his late twenties. Ronald is a father and grandfather now and he has come from a very far way to be serving the Lord.
Members of the Homeschool Review Crew received copies of God's Mail to read and review. God's Mail is available as a paperback and digital edition. We received the digital Kindle version of the book.
God's Mail Volume 3 is a book of poems that Ronald says God led him to write. This one, Volume 3, is the third in the series. They are poems regarding situations that Ronald found himself in as well.
What's in God's Mail
The start of God's Mail Volume 3 are several endorsements by pastors, friends, authors and more who have been blessed through Ronald's ministry.
I really like God's Mail because it's like that daily devotion you need. How often have you looked for a good devotional that has helped you through a trying time. Ronald has had trying times and each poem is accompanied by several scriptures.
There are about one hundred and seven or eight poems in this volume. Every time I counted I lost track but it's around there.
The titles are things like What am I doing? and That's It.
I really liked Why Lord? and the accompanying scriptures. I go to a large church and when you have such a large congregation there is sure to be more suffering just because of the numbers (more people etc.). And yes sometimes when a sweet person has to go through something very hard I ask, “Why Lord?” Although some things we will never know until we meet Jesus the poem, which is much like a prayer, and the accompanying scriptures do offer, me at least, a measure of comfort that the Lord is not unaware of the pain and struggle.
Why I wanted to Read God's Mail
Honestly I thought this concept sounded like a great way to start the day in the Lord. I've tried many devotionals and, not that they're bad, but they only last so long and then it's time for the next one.
I really like that Ronald follows each poem with several, I mean several, scripture references.
One of my favorite poems is Go On and Ask. It's about sharing in the burden of the work of the Lord. That you don't have to do it all by yourself and that the body of Christ does better work when they work together according to gifts God has given. One scripture he didn't use for this poem is 1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV) but I immediately thought of that scripture when reading it.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
My only issue with this work is that I felt Ronald was using so many different Bible versions. He uses the King James Version, Good news Translation, New International Version, New King James, and The Message. I would love it if he only stuck to one or two. But that is a personal preference.
Sharing God's Mail
Maybe you know a Christian friend who is going through something. I know at a very sad time in my life I would've loved to have received God's Mail.
For me sharing God's Mail is like sharing God's Love.
Have you ever wished you could just get a letter in the mail from God letting you know what you’re supposed to do? I think we all have. We all get confused and worried, or even unsure that God is really doing what is best for us. Here’s some good news! God is always on your side and we’ve been reading a great book lately to help us remember that. God’s Mail will give you some positive encouragement for your day in this journey of life we’re on. We received a physical copy of God’s Mail Volume 3 book as part of a review with the Homeschool Review Crew.
About the Book
This book combines both scriptures and poems to provide encouragement for your day. If each day you only read one poem this book will last you almost a year.
When you open the book to a page in the middle you’ll find a list of scriptures on the left page and a poem on the right page. These are focused on the same concept so the scriptures are supporting the poem’s message. I like how this is done.
The scriptures are in several different translations. You might have five or six different verses on the page from that same number of different translations. So while not all of the verses are from KJV I do find that there are several. But there are also verses from the TLB, NKJV, NIV, AMP, MSG, and others. For those verses that aren’t in my preferred version, it’s very easy to look them up.
Right at the beginning of the book are several endorsements. I like how this book instead of just giving endorsements, it also introduces you to the people who are doing the endorsing so you can know where they’re coming from.
About the Author
Ron Hardin has a very unique testimony to share with the people. He was saved as a young teen but then walked a rough path before coming back to the Lord. Ron has written over 500 poems and is now sharing them with the world through this book of encouragement for your day.
He has currently written three volumes of God’s Mail. We only received the third volume so I can’t tell you about the first two but if they’re the same as this one they’re full of good words.
In his third book, he tackles some hard topics through poetry such as abortion and recovering from drug abuse.
I love the scriptures. That’s probably more of a favorite for me than the poems. I do love poetry and they are good poems, but there is nothing like having a list of scriptures covering a topic that maybe you’re struggling with.
A favorite thing of mine to do is write out the scriptures on a piece of paper in my preferred version. This gives me something to look back on and read throughout the day or week as I need a bit of encouragement. This is why I really think this book is a great book of scriptures and poems to bring encouragement for your day.
The pages are nice, the quality of the book is great. There are some black and white or maybe charcoal type drawings underlaid behind the print of the book. So it doesn’t interfere with reading, but it’s a nice break up of just the black and white print on the page.
You can learn more about God’s Mail by visiting their website.
For the last several weeks, members of the Home
School Review Crew have been reading God’s Mail: Volume 3. Written by Ronald
Hardin, this collection of poems addresses the challenges of both believers and
non-believers. Ron began his own ministry when he was 28 when he began writing
poems for the Lord. These poems are intended to encourage, instruct and comfort
God’s ministers and people.
Coming from a background that includes being
born again at the age of 12 followed by gang membership, dropping out of high
school, drug use, and even time in jail, Ronald Hardin has a tremendous amount
of life experiences to look back upon and to utilize.
Prophetic Call, his ministry has grown
tremendously through the years. He has written over thousands of words to
instruct, correct, and exhort ministers, churches, as well as men in both
government and business, as well as countless others.
Ron Hardin has written over 500 poems that share
insight into what the Spirit of God is saying currently to His people.
Currently, there are three volumes of God’s Mail available. God’s Mail: Volume 3
tackles such timely topics such as recovering from abortion to suicide, and
just everyday life in general. This book will provide encouragement, strength
and more. The book combines both Scriptural passages and poems to weave together
a powerful message of God’s grace, love, and mercy.]
The books are available in both print form as
well as for the Kindle. Members of the crew are reviewing both formats of the
book. God’s Mail: Volume 3 provides a wealth of poems to support and encourage
both believers and non-believers alike.
ever been a time in your life when you felt alone? Discouraged? Perhaps having a broken heart
for a loved one? God's Mail is a unique book of poetry and scripture. We recently had the opportunity to gift a loved one with God's Mail Volume 3, from the God's Mail line by Ron Hardin, and these are her thoughts...
poem the writer brings forth questions and thoughts we ask our selves and about
others. When the reader is yearning for a relationship with the Lord, and is at
a loss of how, the poetry reaches out and connects with the reader. For example, in
"Forgive Me," the writer talks about how during our weakness we can
cry out to Him, and He will answer.
As you read
each poem, the writer incorporates
corresponding Scripture. What I also found interesting is how the author
used many different Bible versions. When
we apply the Word to our lives, we grow so much in Christ; and to see how
Scripture is applied to daily life makes saving it in our hearts that much easier.
have names such as "I'm Only Human"; "No Life"; and
"New Found Glory". Each poem
delves into every aspect of ours.
poem, the writer brings forth questions and thoughts we ask our selves and
others. How can I forgive? Will He
forgive me? Why do bad things seem to
happen to me? Why is there so much bad
in the world? And with each question we
find a scripture, a word to help understand God's plan.
found in this book is words that flow from the page to the heart. It gives you comfort and strength. As the reader turns the pages, he can feel the Love of the Lord. That out Lord is loving, all knowing, and most of all, all forgiving. You will be greatly encouraged, as you feel
God's love and His word come into your heart, turning you into the light that
is required of us.
was beautifully written, you can feel the annointing in the poems, and that yes,
God does love you and He is with you at all times.
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Over the past few, very hectic weeks, I have been reading God's Mail Volume 3 by Ron Hardin from God's Mail. Sometimes when life gets you running, you just need to take a few minutes each day to focus on God's love.
For this review, I received a physical copy of God's Mail Volume 3 by Ron Hardin. The book contains a collection of poems written by Ron Hardin. The poems contain words of encouragement, instruction, correction, and comfort. The poems offer insight into real world issues and problems. The hope is Christians and non-believers will find some kind of message from God.
The paperback book reminds me of a workbook. The size is comparable to that of a student's workbook. It measures about 8.5 by 11. I personally would like the book more if it was smaller. It would travel a whole lot easier. I could through it in my purse and take it with me as I ran the kids here and there throughout the day
. Before I opened the book, I thought it would contain pages for journaling because of the size. However after opening the book and briefly thumbing through the pages, I quickly realized I was mistaken. The cover is a glossy card-stock and features a white dove holding a letter with a heart on it. It reminded me of a beach scene for some reason. It looked peaceful and helped set the tone of the book. The contains 96 poems covering a variety of topics. It's 221 pages long. The first half of the book contains a forward, an introduction, and 4 pages of endorsements, 7 pages devoted to the people that wrote the forward, introduction, and endorsements. These pages are followed a brief introduction to the illustrator, a page of acknowledgements, and a brief summary about the author. The amount of pages devoted to all of this seemed a little over the top. Most readers just want to jump in and start reading the poems. I felt these pages should have been in the back of the book. I honestly felt that some of the pages were absolutely unnecessary. It just seemed too cluttered to me. They could have easily skipped the pages about the people doing the endorsements. Maybe it was just me, but I honestly wasn't concerned about who these people were and I skipped right over them.
After I got through all those pages, I finally found the table of contents. Here I was able to see a wonderful list of titles for the poems. I read through the titles to get an idea about what some of the poems would be about....forgiveness, worry, blessings, repentance, gifts, etc.
Each poem has a page before it that contains a few Bible verses to go along with the poem written by Ron. The Bible verses quoted help the reader see the words of God. I think this is especially helpful for readers that are unfamiliar with the Bible. These quotes can help them know what God said and where to find it in the Bible. It can help them find God in their own daily struggles and triumphs.
For the most part, the poems are short and to the point. They are written in every day language making them easy to understand. Many of the poems leave the reader wondering and questioning their own lives. Do we love God enough? Are we trying to be repentant? Are we living the life God wants us to?
I like how the poems help the reader question their own lives. They give the reader food for thought. They help start a deeper look into our own lives. These poems are a great stepping stone to explore more about our own faith and beliefs. They may even help a non-believer finally find God in the world around them.
What I Thought of God's Mail Volume 3
I enjoyed the real life topics of the poems. They dealt with issues all of us will face at one time or another. I love how they were easy to read and understand. The book could easily be read by a young adult or teen. I did enjoy seeing the different versions of the Bible, however I did not notice any Catholic Bibles used. To appeal o all Christians, it would have been nice to include Bible verses from a Catholic Bible too.
Overall, I think the book was rather nice. It would make a wonderful gift for a new Christian, a teen growing in their faith, or someone struggling with their faith.
Do you enjoy inspirational readings and poetry? Recently, I
had the chance to review God’s Mail Volume 3.This paperback book contains 96 poems intent on
inspiring Christians throughout every season and struggle in life and can be found at God's Mail.
The author, Ron Hardin, had some hard knocks and made some
poor choices. After he found his way back to the Lord, he felt called to share
his experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness through poetry as a way to lift
I’m not a poet, but I have spent a good many years exposing
many of my vulnerabilities and struggles to the public. It takes some fortitude
and a lot of God’s leading to share some of those things that we feel embarrassed,
ashamed or confused about. Ron deals
with topics that are prevalent in our society today.
I was excited to read that Ron and I share a Pentecostal
heritage (my husband is also an Assemblies of God pastor). The book itself is
attractive. It is not a small, tuck in your purse, kind of book. Across the
page from each poem are a number of Scriptures that pertain to the topic at
Ron doesn’t sugarcoat his message.The poetry has a prophetic tone to it. One of
my favorites is the poem called Do It
Now. If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know that I have
dealt with chronic illness most of my adult life. This poem reminds me of
what I need to do right now.
“Whatever it may be,
live for Him like there is no tomorrow
Take care of business
today and you’ll leave behind far less sorrow”
Awesome and timely advice.
Just a few notes before I direct you to the Crew blog. I
mentioned that the poetry written deals with all manner of heady topics. This being
said, it probably isn’t one you want to throw in your morning basket if you
have a house full of littles. Some of the poetry is raw. Not obscene or objectionable…just
raw and plain-spoken.
On the other hand, it is perfect for my teenage son who
needs a little raw and plain-spoken advice in his life.
I have been reading God’s Mail Volume 3 by Ron Hardin from God’s Mail. This collection of poems addresses the challenged of both believers and non-believers. Ron began his own ministry when he was 28 when he started writing poems for the Lord. These poems are intended to encourage, instruct and comfort God’s ministers and people. Ron Hardin has written over 500 poems that share insight into what the Spirit of God is saying currently to His people. The books are available in both paperback and Kindle formats. For this review I received the Kindle version.
God’s Mail: Volume 3 tackles such timely topics such as recovering from abortion to suicide, and just everyday life in general. This book provides encouragement and more. The book combines both Scriptural passages and poems to weave together a powerful message of God’s grace, love, and mercy.
Ronald Hardin has a tremendous amount of life experiences to look back upon and to utilize, including spending some time in jail. His ministry, Prophetic Call, has grown throughout the years. His word are meant to instruct, correct, and exhort God’s people and ministers, men in government as well as many others.
The poems and passages of Scriptures uplifted and inspired me. I kept wanting to read more. I found the variety of Biblical versions included worth paying attention to as I read more. This is a book I feel could be read straight through or after reading the introductory materials could be read in whatever order that best suits your personal needs.
As a Christian wife and mother, I found this book to be uplifting and inspiring. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in worrying, so the section titled “Don’t Worry” was very timely, especially since we are waiting for our next set of military orders to a yet-to-be determined location.
I also enjoyed the section on Edging Closer since I desire a closer-deeper relationship with God.
Another section I enjoyed was the one entitled “BON APPETIT”. I desire to eat from God’s table and to feast on His Word.
I feel like this book is one that could be read alone or used in a group. The variety and number of Scripture passages provided would allow people to delve deep into God’s Word while enjoying fellowship together.
I also feel this book would be a great one to read either first thing in the morning to start your day on the right note or just before bedtime to end your day in God’s presence.
Throughout the years, I have found certain books speak more to my soul and this is one of those books. It makes me think and feel at the same time. The passages of Scriptures bring me to God’s Word and into His presence.
So if you are looking for a book to inspire you or make you feel something, check out this book for yourself. It truly is one I feel is worth reading.
I have been reading poetry selections in God’s Mail Volume 3 from God’s Mail. This was provided to our family as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, all opinions are our own.
Poetry can be a powerful way to convey a message. It is a delivery system used in the Psalms as well as many secular collections. A great poem can evoke an emotional response from the reader.
When I agreed to review God’s Mail Volume 3, I was not sure what to expect. But, I loved the idea of using it to provide an easy way to reflect upon spiritual things.
About God’s Mail Volume 3
What do you get when you merge Holy Scripture with poetry?
The Collections that are known as God’s Mail.
The book is laid out with Scripture provided that ties with each poem. You read the Scripture first and then the poem.
The concept is to have the reader meditate on those Scriptures. And as you work through each mini-collection of Scripture and a poem, you will be ministered to for healing and spiritual growth. Plus, there is a deeper revelation of God’s Word as living.
Each Scripture that is quoted has the Bible translation noted.
More About God’s Mail Author
Ronald Hardin is the author of this series of poetry publications. Volume 3 is the latest one.
While his roots include a grandfather who was a country circuit preacher in Tennessee, Ron succumbed to poor life choices in his youth. This led to being part of a gang, dropping out of school, abusing drugs and spending time in prison.
Eventually, he rededicated his life to the Lord. At the age of 28, he began writing poems in a prophetic form. These were meant to encourage, instruct, and comfort God’s ministers and children. They are drawn from his own life experiences as he walks with the Lord. And with this poetry came the founding of his ministry, Prophetic Call.
He and his wife now serve as ordained ministers at Pillars of Faith in California.
My Thoughts on God’s Mail Volume 3
I’ll be honest. When I started and saw testimonial after testimonial before getting to the actual work, I was no longer sure how this would enhance my spiritual life. Having a forward from a trusted individual is seen as acceptable. But, having a series of them along with pages telling you about the people providing them seemed like overkill.
That being said, the compilation of Scripture with the poems is a nice way to spend a little time each day.
While this is decidedly Christian, the book does not assume the reader is a Christian. I suspect that is another reason for so many citations from Scripture.
I did find it interesting that for some selections Ron includes different translations. Such as his quotation of Matthew 12:31-32 from GNT and AMP. This is associated with the poem All But One. This reflects on how blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is called the one unforgivable sin. Through the different translations, you can see how one clarifies the sin to be attributing miracles done by Christ to have been the work of Satan.
Something that I noticed could be a potential improvement is in the organization of it all. The book has the poems arranged in alphabetical order of the poem’s title. Personally, I would have preferred to have them grouped by topic. So if something is aimed at parents, have it under that grouping.
Sometimes you just need a little encouragement, some hand holding and a hug during a long day. And most of those days I find myself here at home alone knee deep in laundry with Kaden melting down in another room. Instead of tumbling down a sad destructive rabbit hole I usually try and grab a cup of tea and read something spiritually healthy. These past several weeks I have been using the God's Mail Volume 3 written by Ron Hardin from God's Mail. This book has been a perfect mix of encouragement and inspiration. I love that this book hosts a collection of poems that touch on many struggles and issues we may face. And on the opposite page there is a list of scriptures from different Bible versions to go along with each poem.
So, here is what I thought..... I would not say these are average poems. To me these are spiritual correspondences between the Author and God. I do this every single day. I talk with him daily, his words and work show up in my art and personal writing that I keep tucked away for only my eyes to see. I flipped through this book and wasn't looking for beautifully written poems, but conversations, realizations and eradication of broken hearts, bodies and minds. And I could feel this connection between the Author and God....this is what spoke to me. That is what had me pulling out my own Bible and reading further into the message I received from the Author's message he received. I hope that makes sense. :)
Happy Friday friends! Another week is nearly done and we are inching towards the Christmas season. Today I am excited to share with you a devotion book that I have been reading from Ron Hardin called, God’s Mail Volume 3.
Mr. Hardin has penned three volumes of his God's Mail series that includes over 500 poems in total. Ron has a familiar story of being saved as a young boy but in his teenage and early twenties turning away from God. During this time he found himself wrapped up in the twisted world of gangs, alcohol, and drug activity. Then on Christmas Eve in 1983 he turned himself around and returned home and to the church.
As Ron worked to turn his life around he says he felt God encouraging him to write about the stories of his life. And that is just what this volume of God’s Mail is…a book of poems to tell the story of God’s truth and love for us, His people.
“where the word of a king is, there is power”. ~ forward
I received a Kindle edition of the book. It contains pages of original poetry written by Mr. Hardin. Each poem is accompanied with a page or two of scripture references for each poem. The format is the same , poem and then scriptures as you swipe to the right through the Kindle edition. The scripture comes from many different versions, The Message, NKJV, God’s Word Translation, and TLB. There is a softcover option of this book which is 8x11 and contains illustrated pages behind the poems and scripture.
I read through this Kindle book myself and I was pleased with it. Many of the topics discussed within the book are things that we can relate to in the world such as trust, abortion, forgiveness, and divorce and more. While I did appreciate the different scripture translations, I did find myself looking in my own personal Bibles, NIRV, to cross reference what was being said.
I am grateful for the opportunity to review this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a softcover. For me, it was hard to read on my iPad Kindle app. I am not sure that the Kindle edition of this book is something that I would recommend unless you absolutely love eBooks editions.
Are you looking to strengthen your relationship with God? Are you having a difficult time finding devotions that speak to you? Perhaps God’s Mail Volume 3, by Ron Hardin, from God’s Mail, is what you’re looking for. This book contains over 90 poems and many corresponding Bible verses from different versions (NJKV, TLB, GW, AMP, MSG, and more).
Mr. Hardin has written these poems and selected these Bible verses for both believers and non-believers alike. Many of them are based on his own experiences with being in jail, in a gang, dropping out of school, and the use of drugs. In this third volume he uses those experiences to encourage and strengthen those dealing with more serious subjects such as abortion, suicide, passing of others, but also the troubles that come to us every day.
About Ron Hardin:
Mr. Ron Hardin is currently married and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Mr. Hardin and his wife are both ordained ministers.
As a believer in God, I’m always interested in trying new devotionals, so I can learn a new perspective about God and share it with others. I was very interested in this devotional, because I hadn’t read one with poems and corresponding Bible verses before. I thought that using different versions of Bible for the verses was nice, because different versions call to people differently. I personally find that some are easier to read and understand, so I really liked that about this devotion.
I really wanted to try journaling while reading this book. I found that it didn’t work for me, because many of the poems don’t apply to me. For example, I’m not divorced, don’t have substance abuse, or am depressed. Since I wasn’t able to journal, I decided to just mark the pages and verses that moved me. It worked really well. I know I can go back to those pages for inspiration and comfort.
–As someone who has written a number of poems and read poems of other authors, I don’t think they all needed to rhyme. It made it harder for me to read them, because they didn’t flow well for me. I did read the poems before the verses, because then the verses impacted me in a more powerful and positive way.
-Some of these poems are very dark, but I think that’s because they are based on his life experiences. He has written these poems and shared these verses, so that he can help those who are currently experiencing the same pain. If you don’t find that some of these problems are relevant to you, move on. When you find the subjects that are relevant at this point in your life, these poems and verses will speak to you. And you’ll grow closer to God.
C’s Thoughts (girl, officially in 8th grade):
C didn’t participate in this review as I feel that most of this book wasn’t written for her at this time of her life.
Age Appeal: Adult men and women (older teens might be comforted by these poems as well)
Format: I received a paperback version, but there is also one for the Kindle. There are 221 pages, over 90 poems, and many Bible verses from different Bible versions. There are also endorsements from different people who have been blessed by Mr. Ron Hardins books.
Have you ever just needed a book that you lift you up and give you great encouragement? Do you enjoy inspiring messages that are filled with Biblical insight? God’s Mail is an encouraging series of books that help bring joy to the every day. For this review, our last for 2019 with the Homeschool Review Crew, we were gifted a copy of God’s Mail Volume 3 to read and share with you all.
God’s Mail Volume 3 was written by Ron Hardin and includes over 90 different inspiring poems that bring God’s word to the forefront of your day. Each poem is unique and designed to help you see that you are not alone in the things you may personally feel in your day to day life. Most of the poems are short, but a few do fill an entire page.
These poems can be used as a daily devotional. They are the perfect length for a short reading. On the first page of each poem section there are suggested related scriptures for you to read, and study, as well. These vary and go along with the subject matter that each of the poems discuss.
And there is no shortage of poems to pick from with over 90 selections in this volume. Additional volumes are also available for you to purchase and be inspired by. Each book being unique in it’s writings.
I actually chose this review for my Mother to read and enjoy. She has been having many health issues lately and she struggles with depression, which makes it hard for her to find inspiration in the day to day. So I felt this would be a great encouragement for her, giving her hope in our mundane world, and inspiring positive thoughts through each reading.
She has greatly loved all she has read in the book and even has some of her favorites bookmarked to review as she wishes to read. At first, she wasn’t sure if she liked the content but the more she has read, the more she has found hope in the words within each page. She also enjoys taking time to look up and explore each Bible verse, sharing them with my children as she does so.
She has asked me for the other volumes of God’s Mail, and is excited to read more of them over time. She believes this book is a great inspiration that many will find hope and comfort, even a few laughs with reading. The content is appropriate for any age to read and enjoy.
The book itself is softback and uses 8.5×11 formatting for the pages. It is 221 pages in length. In the front of the book, you will find a Forward, Introduction, Table of Contents and more.
In the About The Author section, you can read about the life and family of Ron Hardin and how God inspired him to bring God’s Mail to life as a project for others to read. Their family is sure to inspire you as well.
God’s Mail Volume 3 is available online and through Amazon for $25.99.
Additional volumes are also available.