When I picked up Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman at a library book sale a few years ago, I had never heard of it. After after I fell in love with what I thought was an obscure little devotional book, I discovered it was actually a best seller. L.B. Cowman was a missionary with her husband overseas until his health declined. Then they returned to the United States where she took care of him for six years until he died. She collected the writings that satisfied her thirst in those dry, desolate days. Those writings were compiled into a book and first published in 1925.
Zondervan has just released the Streams in the Desert devotional Bible in the NIV translation. The daily devotional readings are placed within the Bible, each near the Scripture verse or passage that is key to the subject of the day. The editor, Jim Reimann, added some features such as references to every Scripture quote, which enable the reader to easily look it up in this Bible within its context. At the bottom of the page of each reading, he provides the page number to find the next devotional reading. In the back of the book, he provides a subject index for finding a daily devotion in the topic of interest.
At first I thought it was easier just to have the devotional book separate from the Bible, but the further along I traveled through the Bible, the more I appreciated having it compiled in one book. I could use the devotional readings to pace my way through the Bible, incorporating Bible reading with it. This is not a study Bible, just a devotional Bible, so no historical or exegetical explanations are provided. However, I did enjoy being able to see the devotional’s Scripture references within its biblical context.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.