Some days, real life is more outrageous than fiction. But sometimes, everyday moments are unexpected miracles. Craving a few minutes to step away from schedules and stress? Take a deep breath. “Astounded” is the reprieve you need. Angela Donadio shares raw, personal stories and shows us how to keep our eyes peeled for the miracle hidden in life’s messy moments. Because sometimes, when we least expect it, God breathes on a situation and leaves us astounded. As a mom, pastor’s wife, musician, adventure junkie and author, Angela understands the roles women carry and the unique pressures they face.
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The first story I heard Angela share was about her Mount Kilimanjaro climbing journey. She told about the disappointment of not being able to summit the mountain (after a year of training), and as she spoke, she connected in a profound way to me and her audience. Astounded: Encountering God in Everyday Moments, does the same thing. It is rooted in honesty and reflection—an encouraging narrative of daily life struggles and the joyful realization that God is walking with you in each moment. Angela fills each page with transparency and hope—as she did the first time I heard her share a story.
I love how Angela hits everyday situations, struggles, and successes head on in her Astounded: Encountering God in Everyday Moments devotional. Bringing a practical approach to finding miracles in ordinary moments, Angela helps you discover purpose in the mundane as well as the miraculous through her personal touch while pointing you to Jesus. You will leave each day encouraged with practical steps to live your best life, have a renewed outlook, and unearth God in places you never knew you could. It’s a daily breath of fresh air you will want to read over and over, and one you will want to share with others.
I rarely enjoy inspirational devotional style books yet, Astounded, is one most-welcome exception. Instead of the usual light-weight faith fluff, Angela Donadio provides some deep, soul-searching considerations through her candid personal stories—stories of our jointly shared human realities that we don’t readily admit. Beyond inspiring us to consider our ways, Angela offers clear and compelling direction for us to embrace the higher ways available to us as new creatures in Christ. Angela’s heart to see women become all God intended is evident as this book is clearly a passionate investment in her mission. This is the one book of this type, I wholly recommend
Angela's stories ripple with authenticity and promise of a life lived on purpose. Through vulnerability and humor, she points out all the quiet places we find God working in our ordinary lives, and she encourages us to sit at his feet in worship, to conform to his image, and to proclaim his astonishing mercies to the world around us. These devotionals will deliver accessible doses of heaven into your day. Enjoy!
Angela has a beautiful writing style that keeps the reader engaged by skillfully weaving timeless Bible truths together with unique and compelling real-life experiences. With encouraging devotions to meditate on weekly, I highly recommend Astounded as your next devotional!
Prepare to feel loved and cherished!! Astounded is a constant reminder of how God is in every moment of your every day. Each devotional will have you feeling refreshed and renewed as Angela lives out loud and walks you through extraordinary challenges with a truly loving God—“Those who look to the Lord their faces will be radiant,” Psalm 34:5
Have you ever felt worn out from disappointment? Exhausted from the repeat cycle of releasing your burdens to Jesus only to pick them back up again? You are not alone. In Astounded, Angela shares raw and vulnerable truths of her own disappointments and how God astounded her in the most unexpected and painful circumstances. Using biblical application and personal reflection, Angela challenges us to experience the power of viewing our daily life through a holy lens. Her devotional teaches us that a surrendered heart is the catalyst for seeing extraordinary miracles in our everyday lives.