I found this
book insightful and interesting.
Devotions With a Friend
With a Friend
contains 21 devotionals on topics ranging from basic Christian doctrines of
grace and love to spiritual growth to seeing God through our tools to how we
see those people around us. Each one is
connected to specific verses of scripture.
But, since God inspired ALL the Bible, connections are often made to
other verses which provide additional insights.
A prayer emphasis concludes each devotional to guide the reader into
personal conversation with God.
Many of the
thoughts related in these articles came from specific events I have lived
through, or from snippets of sermons, lectures, or readings which God has led
me through. They came to me as I was going about daily
life, trying to be a good witness to others of God’s work in my life. Not necessarily because I was doing that so
well and deserved special insights from my Lord, but rather because He loves me
and wants me to learn from Him and grow in Him.
I know God has spoken to me, not in audible words, but through hundreds,
if not thousands, of little experiences.
family conversations can be brief snippets as we grab a coffee and Danish
dashing out the door. They can be long
discussions over the state of the nation and world that extend through the
evening. But often they are discussions
of varied topics while eating dinner. In
healthy, vibrant families, those are the conversations that draw people
together. We find out how another
person’s day went, hear what their desires are, and share things we have
learned from the day’s events. For me personally,
those are the most meaningful times of inter-relating simply because our
relationships grow stronger through them.
This book of
devotions is intended to be like those casual “meal-time” conversations among
friends and family. My suggestion is to read these brief notes sitting at the
breakfast table with a favorite coffee or tea beverage in-hand or in the
evening in the easy chair while resting from another busy day. Think of them as
having a conversation with a close friend or family member who is going through
similar experiences. I hope readers feel
like they are talking with a friend.
greater goal is to have the readers talk with their Lord, their Father who
loves them deeply and has adopted them into His
family. The writings included herein
reveal times in which God has spoken to me, a lowly sinner redeemed by His
grace. I pray that others will allow
their Master (and Friend) to speak to them also through these writings, just as
He has to me.
need to realize that God will, and wants to, speak to them. Again, maybe not through audible words, but
more likely through any of the millions of activities that they are involved in
daily. We all need to be listening for
our Father’s voice. God IS trying to
speak to us!
I did not
write this book to give all the answers that other Christians need. I am sometimes criticized because I ask a lot
of questions in my writings and do not provide enough direct statements of what
I want understood. But I do that on
purpose; the real answers to our life’s events must come from God, not me. And to hear those answers we must spend time
with Him. I want these articles to lead
people to spend more time with Him.
I chose the
book title to emphasize that all Christians are to be family and friends, and
we should be able to share with one another in our Christian walk. But, long after I chose the title, I realized
I had created a double entendre. When we
study His Word we are also talking with another Friend: our heavenly Father and