The Women's Ministries devotional book, a daily devotional for women by women, is a project of the Department of Women's Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The purpose is to provide spiritual growth and encouragement and to furnish funds for scholarships for women.
In 1992 Among Friends, the first annual women's devotional book, was published. Since then profits have funded scholarship to help Adventist Women obtain higher education. However, the amount of money for each division has remained the same. Presently, at least half the women seeking assistance are turned down. With your help we can change more lives!
Do you long to experience the love of Jesus more deeply? Do you crave the blessed assurance of His presence?
Let the voices of these women enrich your understanding of what God's love looks like, sounds like, feels like, in everyday life. Then let these stories help empower you to live out, more purposefully, God's love in the lives of those whose paths you cross each day.
All royalties from this book go to an international fund to help women gain a higher education.
To order online, go to www.adventistbookcenter.com.
The God-inspired devotional book project began in 1992 as a one-time idea to raise funds for Women’s Ministries scholarships, but that book was so well received, and so many blessings flowed from it, that the books just kept coming—and kept blessing. Not only are book readers blessed, but every writer and scholarship recipient is blessed. And blessings continue through the service these amazing women provide.
You can give a blessing.
The devotional book is a blessing in at least four ways: the women who write for it are greatly blessed; the women who read the book receive a spiritual blessing (making this the perfect gift for any woman in your life); the women who receive the scholarships receive a life-changing blessing; and the donors receive a financial blessing when giving to the scholarship fund.
See below for devotional guidelines and the editor's list of writer's techniques designed to help you craft your best devotional submission.
We solicit contributions from women on a wide variety of spiritual topics. Each devotional should be based on a personal experience of God’s involvement in the life of a woman and show how this experience demonstrates a Biblical principle which readers can apply everyday life. Please, no sermons or doctrinal studies. This book will be marketed to Christians of all denominations; therefore, terminology should be used that can be understood by all Christians. We encourage global participation which contributes a varied cultural and ethnic flavor to each book.
Those who contribute to this project agree that all royalties of the devotional books will go to the General Conference Women’s Ministries Scholarship Fund. They further agree that they will receive no payment for any contributions submitted or accepted for publication. However, each author will receive a complimentary copy of the book from Pacific Press Publishing Association as well as an authori's discount on additional book purchases.
Authors are encouraged to submit no more than two devotionals in any one year unless notified otherwise. If you have been notified that a devotional of your was not accepted, please do not resubmit it unless you have made significant changes which more accurately reflect the devotional book guidelines. All submissions become the property of the General Conference Women’s Ministries Department. Unused manuscripts cannot be returned.
If your devotional has previously been published elsewhere, you must notify us of this for copyright purposes. If your submission is accepted for the Women's Ministries devotional book, it cannot be used in another publication without written permission from Pacific Press Publishing Association.
Pacific Press Publishing Association
P.O. Box 5353
Nampa, ID 83653-5353
Sorry, NO poems will be accepted; pseudonyms are NOT permitted.
If you quote from another source [not including the Bible or Ellen G. White writings], please include written permission to use the quoted material as well as a copy of the original source.
Please include a biographical sketch about yourself, no longer than four lines, including information such as state or country where you live, occupation, church or civic involvement, other articles/books published, hobbies, personal accomplishments.
How do you want your name to appear in the book? Please be certain your name appears in exactly the same form in all places in your submission and biographical sketch.
If your name, address, or biographical sketch changes before your submission is printed, please notify us promptly!
Your devotional may be submitted in one of the following ways:
Submit your devotionals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will send you a preliminary notice by e-mail that your submission has been received. Please do NOT also send the devotional by hard copy or fax unless you have not heard from us by e-mail.
Do NOT use font styles such as italics, bold, or all caps. These make it difficult to edit your devotional.
You may submit on a computer disk saved in Word format; include a hard copy. Please name your file(s) with your last name and devotional title as follows: lastname-title [Smith-Rescued].
Or, you may mail a typed copy. Our mailing address is as follows:
When you mail or fax a devotional, you will receive a letter by mail to let you know that your submission has been received. This will usually be sent within two weeks upon receipt.
From Scholarship Recipients:
I would like to show my deep and sincere appreciation to you for extending to me your arm of fellowship through your scholarship program and to all the women...who have contributed their time and resouces toward helping the less priveleged like me. It is my sincere prayer that one day I will be part of the contributors of this scholarship program. My prayer also is that the Lord Jesus whom we all serve will reward you bountifully and you will know no lack in Jesus name. - Nigeria
At first I would like to thank our almighty God because He has given me a nice opportunity to continue my study. I am so happy becuase of your helping hand. - Bangladesh
I want to thank the Department of Women's Ministries for the financial help, and hope the Lord will continue to bless you so you can bless other female students. Your letter congratulating me on this scholarship gave me so much hope. This money came when I had nowhere to turn for my next dollar - USA
I still remember when I applied for the Women's Ministries Scholarship program....With many prayers, I waited. One week later I got the answer: five applicants were accepted. Mine was one of them. What a blessing for someone in need! What a miracle for someone in prayer! --Peru
I have enjoyed and appreciated each book in this project throughout the years! They furnish minutes and hours of joy! —North Amerian Division
Thank you for all you do to help create this beautiful book each year....May God bless you for the way these books touch the hearts and spirits of so many women.—Trans-European Division
I'm having a great time using the devotional books as gifts. One woman to whom I gave a copy of the latest book at Christmas has just purchased 8 of them herself to use as gifts—all for non-church members, by the way. I'm so grateful that the tenor of the books is "spiritual" rather than "religious" so we can use it so effectively in this manner. —North Amercian Division
God bless you all as you bring comfort and encouragement to the women of the world.—South Pacific Division
It is a privilege to contribute to a book that is so encouraging and such a benefit to others....I am happy to be a small part of contributing to the scholarships for young women in need. May the dear Lord continue to bless you and your staff in the fine work you're doing.— North American Division
By Carolyn Rathbun Sutton, editor, Women's Ministries Devotional Book
The following simple, but critical, aspects of devotional writing are addressed briefly below:
1. Topic selection
2. Tone of your devotional
3. Title selection
4. Transition techniques (from an anecdote to the spiritual teaching)
5. Ending techniques that make for a strong reader take-away
Here are nine transition techniques, with examples, to get the reader from your opening anecdote/story to the spiritual teaching contained in your devotional.
Logical progression of thought
Question about everyday life
Question based on preceding anecdote/Bible teaching
Recollection: As I recall that long-ago day, I . . . .
Your closing paragraph, ending sentence, and wrap-up thought all reinforce the spiritual lesson in your devotional and also focus on the reader’s practical application in her life.
Since your closing thought can make or break the impact of your devotional, spend time rereading what you have written. Check everything for biblical accuracy, for logic, and for a smooth, progressive flow of all your ideas. Then craft a closing thought that reinforces the main idea and theme text.
Let your final thought appeal both to the reader’s heart (touching her emotions) and to her higher desires (challenging her to take some type of positive action that day).
Important reminder: No matter what method you use to provide a strong clincher to your devotional, make sure it points (obviously, as in these next examples) to Jesus and the reader’s relationship with Him (or more subtley, as in the examples beyond).
Point to Jesus
Admission of Limitations
Admonition/warning (kindly phrased)
Affirmation from Scripture
Acknowledge lack of closure as part of life on this earth
Amplification of a Bible text (similar to, but not the same as, the devotional’s theme text)
Biblical example of Christ-centered living
Blessing from a Bible text (or paraphrase of one)
Call to deeper faith (made personal and practical)
Call to introspection
Challenge to practice one’s theology in everyday life
Identify with the reader’s feelings before offering comfort
Identify with the reader’s failures (through your own—thus avoiding judgmentalism) before offering encouragement
Invitation to a fresh start with God
Showing the outcomes between contrasting choices
Specific personal application
Suggestions (not commands) for readers . . .
Updated 9/8/14 @ 6:15 p.m. CST