We’ve compiled a list of forthcoming devotionals—daily readings of Bible passages paired with inspirational reflections—and there’s something here for everyone.
For Lent and Advent
At this time of year, many devotionals focus on the holiest periods in the Christian calendar.
40 Days in Mark, written and edited by William F. Cook III (B&H, Nov.); 40 Days in 1 Samuel by Duane Garrett, edited by William F. Cook III (B&H, Nov.); 40 Days in the Psalms by T.J. Betts, edited by William F. Cook III (B&H, Mar. 2021); 40 Days in 1 Corinthians by Hershael York, edited by William F. Cook III (B&H, Mar. 2021) are from a series that offers readings from specific books of the Bible for each day of the Lenten season.
40 Days of Intentional Living: A Challenge to Cultivate Faith Through Devotions, Journaling, and Prayer (Ink & Willow, Jan. 2021) features reflections from such authors as C.S. Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr., along with Bible quotes and illustrations.
40 Days with God: Time Out to Journey Through the Bible by Kent Hickey (Paraclete, Mar. 2021) offers reflections based on 40 Bible passages, for high school, college age, and older readers.
Anne Neilson’s Angels: Devotions and Art to Encourage, Refresh, and Inspire by Anne Neilson (Thomas Nelson Gift, Nov.), pairs 40 devotional readings with paintings of angels.
Dwell: Celebrate the Arrival of Advent at Home (Dexterity, Oct.) collects Bible quotes paired with full-color images inspired by home improvement shows and books like Magnolia Table.
Imagining a New World: An Advent Devotional by Terri Hord Owens (Chalice, Sept.) exhorts Christians to embrace both personal and social change.
Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional by Paul David Tripp (Crossway, Jan. 2021) invites readers to find freedom from the everyday world by focusing on Jesus.
Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem by Todd Outcalt (Upper Room, Sept.) guides readers through Advent to Epiphany; includes six-week study guides.
A Path to Wholeness: A Lenten Companion by Russell J. Levenson Jr. (Church, Nov.) is part of a four-part series on seasonal observances, accompanied by short video meditations read by the author.
Preparing Room: An Advent Companion by Russell J. Levenson Jr. (Church, Sept.) calls readers to “turn once again to the beginning of the Christian story” during the period leading up to Christmas.
Rest: 40 Days of Refreshment for Women by Walk Thru the Bible (Tyndale, Apr. 2021) includes Bible verses and stories by the writers of Walk Thru the Bible ministries, which has published more than 100 million devotions that reach more than five million people each year.
Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2020–21 (Loyola, Sept.) and Sacred Space for Lent 2021 (Loyola, Jan. 2021) are annual resources.
Unfolding Grace: 40 Guided Readings Through the Bible (Crossway, Sept.) features scripture selections from the English Standard Version coupled with introductions to help readers grasp the story line of redemption.
Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent by Beth A. Richardson (Upper Room, Oct.) covers the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter; includes six-week study guides.
Where the Eye Alights: Phrases for the Forty Days of Lent by Marilyn McEntyre (Eerdmans, Jan. 2021) pairs poetry with scripture in 40 short meditations for each day of Lent.
For healing body and mind
Those who struggle with illness, physical or emotional, can find daily encouragement.
Grace Is Enough: A 30-Day Devotional to Help Women Turn Anxiety and Insecurity into Confidence by Courtney Fidell (Paige Tate, Oct.) addresses common anxieties and insecurities through personal essays and stories from the Bible.
Hope for Healing: 90 Moments with God for Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional Wholeness by Reggie Anderson (Tyndale, Apr. 2021) uses scripture paired with reflections from country doctor Anderson, author of the memoir Appointments with Heaven.
More Power to You: Declarations to Break Free from Shame and Take Back Your Life by Margaret Feinberg (Zondervan Gift, Sept.) offers 52 devotions by Bible teacher Feinberg that tackle emotional struggles.
Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations by Maggie Oman Shannon (Mango, Sept.) is a multifaith collection of daily readings from such sacred texts as the Bible, the Torah, and the Qur’an; reflections from authors and teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh and Marianne Williamson; leaders like Marian Wright Edelman and Martin Luther King Jr.,; and poets such as Rumi and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Recovering Benedict: Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict by John Edward Crean Jr. (Church, Oct.) encourages readers to nourish their physical and spiritual lives using the Rule of Benedict and the 12-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing by Jan Woodard (Upper Room, Mar. 2021) tells how her social media community helped her through illness with encouraging texts, emails, and posts. Includes 42 meditations focused on healing, with 12 spiritual practices woven throughout.
A Weary World: Reflections for a Blue Christmas by Kathy Escobar (Westminster John Knox, Sept.) pairs 28 daily reflections with prayers and practices for those who struggle emotionally during the holidays.
Paths to prayer
Establishing a regular prayer practice is the purpose of many titles.
Five Minutes of Grace: Daily Devotions by Tama Fortner (Howard, Nov.) is a year-long devotional offering Bible quotes and guided reflections.
Morning and Evening Prayers by Cornelius Plantinga (Eerdmans, May 2021) offers a month’s worth of daily prayers, one for the morning, looking forward, and one for the evening, looking back.
Praying the Psalms with Beads: A Book of Daily Prayer by Nan Lewis Doerr (Eerdmans, Aug.) distills the book of Psalms into 182 five-minute prayers and includes an overview and guide for using Anglican prayer beads.
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2021 (Loyola, Oct.) is an annual devotional with daily readings and weekly topics enhanced by six steps of prayer and contemplation.
For women and men
Some devotionals address the challenges unique to women or men.
Daily Wisdom for Men 2021 Devotional Collection (Barbour, Oct.) and Daily Wisdom for Women 2021 Devotional Collection (Barbour, Oct.) gather scriptures and reflections in volumes aimed at men or women.
Leaning on the Promises of God for Men by Tony Dungy (Tyndale, Mar. 2021). The Super Bowl–winning coach and author (Quiet Strength) offers “a playbook for navigating the game of life as a godly man,” according to the publisher.
Leaning on the Promises of God for Moms by Sally Clarkson (Tyndale, Mar. 2021) provides daily encouragement and wisdom for mothers, with scripture passages and practical advice.
Life Map Devotional for Men by David Sanford (Barbour, Dec.) and Life Map Devotional for Women by Renee Sanford (Barbour, Dec.) are paired devotionals with 28 weeks of readings and “life maps,” quotes and questions, with space for journaling.
For couples and families
Devotions to anchor couples and families are numerous.
100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls by Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk, and Kristin Demery (Tyndale, Mar. 2021) allows girls to explore the rewards and challenges of building quality friendships; includes 50 sidebars with activities for creating and sustaining friendships.
Blessed by Adoption: One Mom’s Stories, Scriptures, and Prayers to Comfort You and Remind You You’re Not Alone by Hillary Froning (Paige & Tate, Sept.) tells how the author and her husband adopted three children; includes 30 short essays, Bible verses, and prayers for those planning to adopt, as well as space for journaling.
Dinner Table Devotions by Nancy Guthrie (Tyndale, Mar. 2021) offers spiritual nourishment for families, offering biblical insight on topics and themes in scripture, discussion questions, and daily Bible verses to memorize.
Leaning on the Promises of God for Couples by Gary Chapman, (Tyndale, Mar. 2021), the author of the bestseller The 5 Love Languages, offers couples daily readings on how to foster communication, respect, unconditional love, and forgiveness.
The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship by Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk, and Kristin Demery (Tyndale, Oct.) explores what genuine friendship looks like and offers ideas on building healthy relationships.
Prayerfully Waiting: A Catholic Grandmother’s Prayer Journal by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (Paraclete, Oct.) includes prayers, month-by-month notes on baby’s development, and journaling prompts for expectant grandmothers.
The Whole Story for the Whole Family: A Year of Jesus-Centered Family Devotions by Michael Kelley (B&H, Apr. 2021) is designed for parents to teach their children about God and includes lessons and discussion questions.
Inspiration for all
Across the spectrum of readers, some devotionals have literary, pop cultural, or artistic elements, and some go beyond personal piety to urge social activism.
The Anne of Green Gables Devotional by Rachel Dodge (Barbour, Sept.) explores the theme of God’s love and faithfulness through the pages of the cherished L.M. Montgomery novel. Dodge is also the author of Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen.
Awaken My Heart: 52 Weeks of Giving Thanks and Loving Abundantly: A Yearly Devotional by Emily Wilson Hussem (Ave Maria, Nov.) invites readers on a yearlong journey of practicing gratitude, becoming more aware of God’s presence, and serving others.
Come Away My Beloved: KJV Devotional Bible by Frances J. Roberts (Barbour, Oct.) features hundreds of excerpts from Come Away and other books by Roberts, a songwriter, poet, and author who died in 2009. Her nine books have combined sales of 1.5 million copies.
Getting to Know God’s Voice: Discover the Holy Spirit in Your Everyday Life by Jenny Randle (Harvest House, Oct.). The Emmy-winning video editor invites readers on a 31-day interactive journey to intimacy with God.
God’s Blessings Just for You: 100 Devotions by Jack Countryman (Thomas Nelson Gift, Nov.) uses 100 passages of scripture from the New King James Version to remind readers that God is still present in difficult times.
God’s Message for Each Day: Wisdom from the Word of God by Eugene H. Peterson (Thomas Nelson Gift, Sept.) is a year-long devotional from the creator of the Message Bible translation, with quotes from the Message and excerpts from Peterson’s books, including Run with the Horses, Leap over a Wall and A Long Obedience.
God’s Purpose for Your Life: 365 Devotions by Charles Stanley (Thomas Nelson Gift, Oct.) asks and answers these questions: How can we know God has a purpose for us? How can we know we are following God’s will?
Hearing God Speak: A 52-Week Interactive Enneagram Devotional by Eve Annunziato and Jackie Brewster (Ink & Willow, Feb. 2021) combines the Enneagram system—a model for the human psyche that defines nine personality types—with biblical principles for self-knowledge.
Jesus-Centered Daily: See. Hear. Touch. Smell. Taste. by Rick Lawrence (Group, Oct.) extends Group’s Jesus-Centered line of products, which includes the Jesus-Centered Bible as well as devotionals and journals.
Oh, Happy Day: Soul-Stirring Inspirations with a Gospel Music Twist by Ken Petersen (Tyndale, Mar. 2021) presents 75 devotions and prayers inspired by classic gospel songs like “Just a Little Talk with Jesus,” “How Big Is God,” “In the Garden”, and more. Each devotion is accompanied by background about the song, its composer, and the song’s significance in Southern gospel music.
Liberating Love: 365 Love Notes from God by Sandhya Rani Jha (Chalice, Aug. 2021) The social justice activist and pastor draws from all 66 books of the Bible to create inclusive messages of hope and comfort.
Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking It Through the Hard Stuff Kind of Devotional by Lisa Harper (B&H, Feb. 2021) explores the redemption narrative in the Bible and reminds readers that God is with them in the big and the small things.
Made to Flourish: Cultivating an Abundant Life by Beth Moore (Tyndale, Sept.) uses the metaphor of God as gardener in reflections based on the author’s Chasing Vines.
My Year with the Saints: 365 Daily Readings by Peter Celano (Paraclete, Nov.) is inspired by Pope Francis’s prayer, “May the Lord grant us all the hope of being saints,” and introduces a saint for every day.
A Path to Redeeming Love: A Forty-Day Devotional by Francine Rivers and Karin Stock Buursma (Multnomah, Oct.) is the first spin-off product from Rivers’s bestselling Redeeming Love. Each reading includes a Redeeming Love story tie-in with an excerpt from the novel; selected quotes from scripture; and prompts for Bible study, prayer, and journaling. The movie Redeeming Love is scheduled for spring 2021 release.
Prevail: 365 Days of Enduring Strength from God’s Word by Susie Larson (Bethany House, Aug.), the author and radio host, offers scripture, reflections, and prayers to mobilize readers’ faith and point them toward freedom and redemption.
Provisions for Abundance: A Christian’s Guide to Money Management, Gratitude, and Giving by Ryan Mack (HCI, Sept.) is a 365-day devotional focused on personal finances.
The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room, Sept.) is an annual that invites readers to spend unhurried time with God, reading scripture and reflecting on writings by 53 authors including J. Dana Trent, James A. Harnish, and Enuma Okoro.
Thirty Days with King David by Larry Buxton (Front Edge, Sept.) is a month of daily readings that show how David embodied 14 values of effective leaders as he united a nation; includes a study guide for small group discussion.