Powerful Words of Comfort From the Bible: The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible by Troy Schmidt

Every now and then we all need a little bit of encouragement. When reading the Bible, it's easy to find words that can inspire our day, as well as our spirits. Troy Schmidt's newest book, The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible shares ways in which we can find hope and peace in God's word.

Everyone struggles with discouragement as they face the trials of life, big and small. Where do you go for help when you're lonely or grieving or fearful? Or when you've failed in a job or relationship? No matter what storm you're facing, God says, "Come to me . . . and I will give you rest." The Bible verses highlighted in this clear, concise book include well-known gems as well as hidden treasures that will surprise you. Each verse is followed by a brief reading to explain the verse's meaning and draw you nearer to God, making it perfect for daily devotions or as a starting point for further study.

Troy Schmidt began writing animation in Los Angeles in 1985 and worked on such shows as Dennis the Menace, Heathcliff, and Flintstone Kids. In 1992, he moved to Orlando to write for The Mickey Mouse Club. Troy created and wrote a total of thirteen videos for Thomas Nelson, including an adaptation of Max Lucado's Hermie, A Common Caterpillar. He also wrote over twenty books for Thomas Nelson. Troy recently released This Means War: A Strategic Prayer Journal, coauthored by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. He was also the consulting producer for The American Bible Challenge with Jeff Foxworthy for three seasons. He has written a daily devotional tied to the series, The American Bible Challenge Daily Reader, Volume 1 (Thomas Nelson), and a board game based on the show (Talicor). He has three children's books in the "Their Side of the Story" collection (B&H Publishing) based on the whale from the story of Jonah, a frog in Exodus, and a raven on Noah's Ark.

The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible is a thin, lightweight book with about 110 pages, so it can easily be taken along wherever you go. This is nice, because let's be honest, you never know when you are going to need a little encouragement as you go about your day. As the title mentions, it contains 100 different scripture passages from the Bible. In addition to reading the verses, the author also includes a brief explanation of what each passage means, and how it may be applied to the reader's life.

The back of the book also includes a listing of the 100 verses mentioned throughout, so readers can also find them in the Bible at a later time. This is a convenient feature, although I do wish the page numbers were also listed next to each verse, so they can be easily referenced back in this book. What's really interesting when compared to other books like it, is that some of the author's choices of verses aren't what I would have typically deemed as encouraging, at least not initially. Of course there are some of my favorites that are taken right out of Habakkuk 3, Psalm 91 and Matthew 6, but others are not so obvious. One example would be the inclusion of Job 2:3.

This verse reads:

The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”

Typically, this would not have been one of my top picks when seeking encouragement from the Bible, but that is where the author's explanation of each verse comes in. When discussing Job 2:3, he explains how no matter what Satan tried to do to Job, he would not deny his faith or his Maker. The same example can be applied to our own lives, as we can demonstrate our strength and confidence in the Lord by not wavering to temptation or anger.

God loves us and is in control, no matter what we're experiencing in our own personal lives. My favorite aspect of this book is that the author not only includes the verses, but offers a practical and concise breakdown of each one. This is extremely helpful when seeking that extra peace of mind. If you or someone you know could use a little encouragement in their lives, I would first and foremost recommend going right to the source, the Bible. Of course having a collection of inspiring verses right in one spot is amazingly helpful, and that's why The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible is one that you're going to want to keep by your side.