The Book

Hey everyone, I’m so excited to announce that the “Up!” devotional is coming to you in book form…

And the release date is October 30th! 

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It will be called “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day in a Biblical, Relevant Way

Why 313? Because when you have a year’s worth of devotionals (365) and take away Sundays (52) you get 313. 🙂

It will be published by Thicket Books.

[Scroll down to read some endorsements]

The “Up!” devotionals are designed to be read in under a minute. They’re down to earth helpers for living each day in a biblical, relevant way.

The book will be available to purchase starting on October 30th. You can buy it by searching online at Amazon (hard copy and e-version). In Barrie (where I live) you can buy it at Creation Bookstore (505 Bryne Drive – 705.737.3383).

And for three Sundays (November 4, 11, and 18), you can buy it on Sunday morning at Westminster Presbyterian Church at the Welcome Desk for $15.

100% of the profits will be given to Fight4Freedom, a local organization getting its hands dirty in the fight against human trafficking in the sex trade.

Here’s my 10-minute interview with Abby, a local volunteer engaged in the fight against trafficking. She tells me about how she got involved, what Fight4Freedom does, signs of hope, and what you can do to help:

If you want to help get the word out, and help others get interested in starting their day in a biblical, relevant way, you can do 1 of 2 things:

1.    You can comment on this page (or email me) and tell me in 1 sentence how you have been helped or encouraged by the Up! devotional.

2.    You can record a video of yourself (less than 20 seconds) and put it in my Dropbox folder here.

I’ll use what you send in as a part of the promotion for the book! And please keep in mind that if you send me something you agree that I can use your words, name and video content online. Thank you! Be a part of the work God is doing…


“It only takes just a little bit of light, or truth, or good wisdom to get my day going in the right direction. I find it in the Word. And I also find it in devotionals like Up! Matthew’s daily flashes of hope and inspiration open my eyes a bit more to the most important things, and help set my heart on True North. I’m thankful for his calling, and the impact it has on me and countless others.”
-Brett Beavers, Hit Songwriter and Grammy-nominated record producer (Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch)

“Matthew’s voice is one of the bright and encouraging ones in the Canadian church today. I’m one of the many who are grateful for him. I think you’ll find him as encouraging as I do.”
-Carey Nieuwhof, Author and Founding Pastor, Connexus Church, Barrie, Ontario

“Espresso for the soul.” That how I think of “Up” Devos. Matthew Ruttan packs a lot of spiritual wisdom into a few words. Always biblical, thoughtful, understandable, and on point.”
-John A. Vissers, Principal and Professor of Historical Theology, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.

“I’ve really been enjoying starting my morning off with a coffee and The Up Devotional to help set my heart and mind right for the day ahead. The Up Devo is spiritual nourishment, grounded in Bible-based truth and encouragement. Highly recommend.”
-Jason Blaine, Canadian county singer and songwriter

“Up! is a spark of scripture, applied to life, to launch you into your day. It takes and applies God’s word to encourage, challenge, and inspire.”
-Dr. Brian Irwin, Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto

“In a world where days can become so easily lost in hustle and hype, The Up Devotional is the perfect bite sized Faith reality to kick start my mind and day in the right direction.”
-Rusty Gaston, Music Industry Executive