Happy New Year!!!
For 2007 I did something a little different for part of my daily devotions. I decided to read the daily devotions from the book called Extreme Devotion which tells the stories of Christian Martyrs from Old Testament* to current day times. Copyrighted in 2001, by the Voice of the Martyrs it includes stories that I remember hearing about on the news.
Each day's reading includes a short story about a martyr or someone who was severely persecuted. Following the story is a paragraph or two that provides an application point, usually encouraging you to be strong and bold with your faith. Finally, each day there is a relevant Scripture verse. Every 7th day there is a quote from a martyr for reflection, in 2007 this actually occurred on Sundays!
I would recommend this devotional to you as a way to learn more about the history of our faith and the many great struggles that others have faced in the name of Jesus Christ.