Book Review: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days


Is your heart broken, burdened, or self-condemning? Are you trudging along on a pathway of darkness, desolation, and despair? Then Holley Gerth‘s new book – What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To – is written especially for you.

What-Your-Heart-Needs-for-the-Hard-Days-Holley-Gerth-698x1024In 52 truths using verses from the Psalms, hope spreads a soothing balm in our weary hearts as Holley invites us to lean into the faithful love of Jesus and embrace His love and compassion. These devotions can either be read daily or weekly or just when our heart needs a gentle reminder that we are loved, we still matter, and we are enough just as we are. God cares so much, He is still in control of our lives no matter what is happening, and His grace is sufficient to get us through anything.

The table of contents reveals the title of each devotion, so we can even select one that is fitting to our needs at the moment. Some examples are:

  • God Wants to Lift You Up When Life Lets You Down
  • God Will Give You Courage, Not Condemnation
  • God Will Never Reject You
  • God is Bigger Than Your Problems
  • God Is Not Tired of You

After each tasty morsel of truth, What My Heart Is Saying to You encourages reflection and prayer timeHolley begins a prayer for readers to continue on three lines. For example, at the end of “God Notices When You Cry,” she writes:

“Lord, it means a lot to me that you treasure
all of who I am, even my tears.
Help me to express my heart to you in the
sad and happy moments of my life,
as well as everything in between.
One thing that has made me cry lately is…”

The conclusion of each devotion is What My Heart Is Hearing from You with three lines for you to sum up what you feel God is saying to you in the Psalms suggested.

Your heart will be inspired, uplifted, and strengthened when you read this book. Holley has a heart for hurting souls, and each of her books nurture hope, healing, and freedom in Jesus.

“The book of Psalms is like a table covered with God’s goodness. It’s a place I’m often drawn to when I’m feeling down. And it’s where we’re going to sit together in these pages. So pull up a chair if you’re feeling tired, if you’re discouraged, or if you just feel a little empty inside.”
~ Holley Gerth



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10 thoughts on “Book Review: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

  1. Thanks for sharing your review at Coffee for Your Heart today. I have just started reading it, and find it to be quite a help. But then most everything Holley does helps, doesn’t it? Love the look and feel of your blog — light radiating behind what I’m reading. 🙂


  2. Hi Trudy! I saw this book on Holley’s blog. Are you going to join in the book club with her? Thank you for the review, and it sure seems like this has touched a chord with you and Sherrey!
    Nice to meet you today, from Holley’s blog,


    • Thank you, Dolly. Also for tweeting this post. I know what you mean. Sometimes I keep adding to the books I want to read and then get overwhelmed because I can’t keep up. I have had to pick and choose and add some to my wish list as well. 🙂 God bless you and give you peace. ❤️


  3. Wow this sounds like a great book/devotional! I am reading Jesus Calling (a devotional) by Sarah Young daily and find it very good! The way that you describe how one can really make Holley’s devotions your own (by leaving room for readers to add in their own lines) sounds very helpful! Thanks for your review.


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