Book Review: Knit, Purl, Pray by Lisa Bogart

Brief Synopsis: Lisa Bogart combines Bible verses and a passion for knitting to create a daily devotion book especially for those who enjoy crafting.

Any hobby will teach you something, but the ones that keep your hands and mind active can be particularly enlightening. Specifically, knitting allows time for introspection, self-examination, and reflecting on the things in life that really matter. In Knit, Purl, Pray: 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul, Lisa Bogart frames a series of Biblical devotions around lessons learned from knitting.

As a casual knitter myself, I was excited for this book. It combines three of my favorite things: faith, reading, and knitting; how could this book not be amazing?

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The readings were not bad, but the insights frequently fell short of “amazing”. First of all, each reading begins with a single verse or two, which in itself is not a problem, but I had to wonder about the context of some of the verses. Sometimes the verse didn’t seem to have much connection with the anecdote that followed, or the point of the day’s devotion as a whole.

When I first picked this up, I thought I was exactly the target audience: a Christian knitter, and one who likes to read devotionals to boot. However, as I worked my way through, I realized there was one demographic I did not fit which would have made the book an even better fit. I am not a new Christian. I have spent years (relatively casually) studying the Bible, so when I pick up a new devotion book, I don’t want something that is going to say the same things I’ve heard before or that will use the same verses that always get picked out as feel-good sentiments. By including knitting as a focal point in this devotion, Bogart attempts to shed new light on common themes. I enjoyed her stories, but the faith/insight aspect fell a bit flat. However, I would highly recommend this to someone who does not have as thorough of a Biblical background or is seeking out a devotional for the first (or nearly first) time, especially if they enjoy knitting or any form of crafting. Knit, Purl, Pray is a perfect fit for that demographic.

Also, there knitting are patterns in the back of the book! I have plans to try a few out soon, and if they turn out well I’ll update this post with pictures of my creation.

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