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Refresh Your Faith

About the Book

Book: Refresh Your Faith

Author: Lori Hatcher

Genre: Devotional

Release Date: May 2020

Unfamiliar verses. Uncommon insights. Unlimited possibilities.

Move from biblical doldrums to dynamic discovery! While your favorite Scripture verses or stories may bring you comfort, if you’re feeling monotony in your time with God it’s time to shake it up a bit. Each of these 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions—one from each book of the Bible—spotlights an unusual verse or passage and takes only five minutes to read. If you have more time, you can dig a little deeper with an uncommon thought to ponder, unusual faith action step to take, and an unfamiliar passage suggestion that invites you to further explore the Bible’s hidden gems.
You’ll be challenged to think deeply, step out boldly, and grow dynamically, transforming your devotional time—and your life!

Praise for Lori Hatcher’s writing . . .

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Lori Hatcher is a blogger, pastor’s wife, and women’s ministry speaker. She’s the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine, president of Columbia Toastmasters, and regular contributor to magazines such as Christian Living Today and websites like Her book Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, won the Christian Small Publisher 2016 book of the year. Find out more about Lori and her well-loved 5-minute devotions at

Read a Teaser from Refresh Your Faith

The dirty little secret in Christian circles is that many of us are bored with our devotional time. We know we shouldn’t feel this way. It’s important to read our Bibles every day. After all, it’s God’s Word, the source of truth, and life, and hope.

While some have successfully built the discipline of Bible reading into their lives, others struggle. Even those who regularly read their Bibles find it a bit dry at times. Many of us also read devotionals, not to take the place of Bible reading, but to help us discover unfamiliar passages and stories and benefit from a godly writer’s perspective.

I wrote Refresh Your Faith because I was frustrated by many of the devotionals I read. They seemed to focus on the same basic verses I’d memorized with my children twenty years ago. John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Psalm 23, Matthew 3:5-6. Same with the Bible passages and stories. I treasure the familiar verses and stories. I’ve held them close to my heart during some of the darkest times of my life.

But I knew there was more to the Bible than these well-worn favorites.

I reached a point in my spiritual life when I needed something new. If something didn’t change, my spirit was going to wither up. My time with God shouldn’t be something I did out of duty. I wanted to delight in God and His Word.

So I asked God to help me. I needed something to refresh my faith and energize my Bible reading. Wow, did He answer. I’d been reading through the Bible every year for more than a decade, but all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to passages I’d never noticed before.

These uncommon verses sparkled like gems. The more I read, the more I spotted them, tucked into obscure stories and buried under genealogies and census reports. I found some hiding out in plain sight—golden nuances and nuggets in the shadows of the more familiar stories.

Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible is a collection of the treasure I unearthed during my year of searching. Each story-driven devotion contains an unusual verse, a real-life application, and an uncommon faith step.

I hope my book will energize your faith, inspire your devotional time, and make you say, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before!”


My Review

A devotional like none other I have experienced. Each devotion brought calm and peace as I read, thought about the reading and considered my daily walk with God. This book made me want to slow down and truly absorb the words. From personal stories to Scripture examples, this is a book I will read more than once.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 5

Through the Lens of Scripture, May 6

Melissa Henderson, May 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 7

Emily Yager, May 8

Texas Book-aholic, May 9

Inklings and notions, May 10

Mary Hake, May 10

Godly Book Reviews, May 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 12

For Him and My Family, May 13

deb’s Book Review, May 13

Older & Smarter?, May 14

Splashes of Joy, May 15

For the Love of Literature, May 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 17

God is Love, May 17

Spoken from the Heart, May 18

Marilyn Ridgway, May 18 (Guest Review on Lighthouse Academy Blog)


To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and autographed copy of Refresh Your Faith!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

  • mimionlife
    Posted at 11:33h, 07 May Reply

    A wonderful book by Lori Hatcher. 🙂

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 13:30h, 07 May Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to learn more about it!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:46h, 07 May Reply

      I truly enjoyed reading this book. Great for individual or groups. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  • Debbie P
    Posted at 19:38h, 07 May Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful book.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:43h, 07 May Reply

      Yes, a wonderful book. I think this makes a great gift, too. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Emma
    Posted at 04:46h, 08 May Reply

    This sounds good! I’ve never heard of a devotional quite like this before.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:54h, 08 May Reply

      I hope you will get to read this one. It’s great! Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Vickie Morgan
    Posted at 18:44h, 08 May Reply

    This devotional book sounds refreshing. Sounds like a great book!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:49h, 08 May Reply

      Hello Vickie. Yes, a great book. Hope you get a chance to read this one. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 09:34h, 09 May Reply

    This is a lovely way to introduce an author & a book that others may find enlightening and comforting in equal measure. It’s interesting that Lori says about getting to the point where her faith may ‘whither up’ but then finding verses she hadn’t really seen and noticed before. I feel there’s a moral to that in itself! 😉
    Caz xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:35h, 09 May Reply

      I agree. This is a great book and great author. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 12:45h, 09 May Reply

    Always wonderful when reading how God plants exactly what we need and then turns into something He uses to bless so many others. Looks like a refreshing and renewing devotional! Thank you for introducing it to us!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:35h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Lynn. Yes, a great devotional. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • buierocks2002
    Posted at 18:16h, 09 May Reply

    Wow, Lori your devotional sounds terrific! Thanks for the chance to enter and good luck on your book making a huge difference in the lives of others.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:36h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting Diane. This is a great book. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • carylkane
    Posted at 17:06h, 10 May Reply

    Wonderful review, Melissa! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:12h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you Caryl. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 19:20h, 12 May Reply

    I always love learning about less-common Bible verses. This book sounds like a great one to help readers dig deeper into the Bible and come away with a greater understanding of our heavenly Father!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:31h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, a great book to have and to give as a gift. Have a blessed day Jeanne. 🙂

  • jmshistorycorner
    Posted at 00:03h, 13 May Reply

    Sounds good.

  • Debbie Wilson
    Posted at 15:14h, 19 May Reply

    Sounds like a great book. Thank you.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:08h, 19 May Reply

      Yes, a great one. Have a blessed day! 🙂

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