Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Perfect Gift

I have just read a book I wish had been around when I graduated high school. Unfortunately, the author wasn't yet born. But Andy Stanley's book The Principle of the Path should be required reading for every high school senior.

That said, the book is valuable for people on every stage of life – even those of us past retirement age. As long as we are living, we are walking a path – and we can make choices yet to turn that path in a different direction.

His easy and comfortable writing style reminded me of conversation with a friend over coffee and donuts. But don't be deceived. He expounds a principle of eternal value. While his words are easy and comfortable, his thoughts are deep and worthy of extended study.

With specific examples drawn from his own experience, he illuminates the path to a successful and rewarding future. He talks about distractions, intentions, attractions and various tangents that can deter or detour our steps. And he gives us help to keep from being drawn away from our chosen path.

You can skim this book in a couple of days. You will be better advised to make it a serious study. Much of value is embedded in the simple words of truth Andy writes.

Reading this book can be an enormously productive investment of time and attention.

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley, published by Thomas Nelson 2008.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Another blog I follow led me to the website of Nate Phelps. Nate is the son of the infamous Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka.

Nate delivered a speech at the national atheists convention. What disturbs me greatly is the number and tone of the comments people have left after reading this speech.

A huge number of people have been hurt and turned away from God simply because religious people misinterpreted scripture or manipulated it to suit their own ends.

My heart yearns to comfort those who have been hurt by a poisonous religious spirit. I long to introduce them to the God I know, who graciously sent his own son to pay for my offenses. I pray that the Holy Spirit may lovingly woo them to the God they never knew despite their "religious" upbringing.

How many people do we know who have been similarly wounded? How can we reach them with the light of God's love?