“Up!” (the book)

The first collection of “Up!” devotionals in book form was released in October 2018.

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It’s 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 is 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.

If you’re in Canada, you can buy it on Amazon here, and you can get the Kindle edition here. If you’re in America, you can buy it on Amazon here.

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. They are dedicated to “seeing victims set free, and giving beauty from ashes.”

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 sign-up to receive the daily electronic version of “Up!” which is published Monday to Friday…


“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