DONKEY DEVOS: Listen When God Speaks
By Susan Stewart
Elk Lake Publishing

A devotional book using lessons learned from donkeys. The concept was a head-scratcher to me, to say the least. But Susan Stewart’s DONKEY DEVOS—Listen When God Speakssurprised and humbled me with the wisdom gleaned from one of God’s gentle creatures.


Did you know the Bible mentions only two talking animals? Each of these creatures had a different message. The first to speak out was the serpent. This character certainly wasn’t a model. If God was using this snake for a test drive, I can see why he kept the mouths of the other animals closed. This snake in the grass spoke words meant for evil. About two millennium later another animal spoke—the lowly donkey. The beast of burden. This time the animal had words of wisdom.

Susan K. Stewart expected dogs, cats, and the occasional goldfish would be all the pets she’d need. Until the day she met donkeys at a rescue center. A few years after that fateful visit, three donkeys became part of the Stewart family. Susan soon learned these humble creatures are still messengers of wisdom.

Donkey Devos is a collection of forty pearls Susan has learned from spending time learning about her equine friends and chatting with them. She uses her experiences, donkey facts, and Biblical donkey details to share the truths God has taught. The whole family will delight in the donkey tales with a message from God.

I imagined the devotionals in DONKEY DEVOS—Listen When God Speaks would be a lot of don’ts: “Don’t be as stubborn as a donkey,” Don’t be as mean as a donkey,” “Don’t be as stand-off-ish as a donkey,” and so on. After all, donkeys are stubborn, mean, stand-off-ish, and other things that I had heard, right?

Then I read Susan Stewart’s book and realized the things I thought I knew about donkeys were wrong.

Stewart shares stories from years of personal experience of adopting and raising rescue donkeys—yeah, that’s a thing—which opened my eyes to life and spiritual lessons learned from one of the most misunderstood of God’s creatures. Donkeys are not stubborn, they are cautious. They are not stand-off-ish; they are social and thrive on interaction with other donkeys as well as other animals. They are not mean; they are loving, loyal, and make wonderful guard animals for their friends.

Traits we could all use.

At 120 pages, Susan Stewart’s DONKEY DEVOS—Listen When God Speaks is an insightful and inspiring devotional book.

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