For your consideration…
- Loving God by Charles Colson
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
- Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
- The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
- The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
- Inside Out by Dr. Larry Crabb
- The Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan Allender
- Darwin’s Black Boxby Michael J. Behe
Obsession:Radical Islam’s War Against the West
Because They Hate, author Brigette Gabriel
Have you ever read “Streams of Living Water” by Richard Foster? It’s a wonderful book about the different traditions of Christian faith – holiness, charismatic, contemplative, etc. A dear friend recommended it to me at a time when I was rediscovering my faith, and it has been a hige source of inspiration for me.
Hey, Alan. I knew I had heard of the author Richard Foster, but I can’t recall having ever read his work. I am a bit leery of some writers. I always look into their belief systems before I read them. I do believe we’ve entered an age of New Spirituality that can become, if it isn’t already, the false religion of the End Times.
Sounds way out there, I know. But I have a biblical worldview and do feel the scripture is the final and authoritative word of God. When I read some things about “contemplative prayer” I get greatly concerned of the roots of such a teaching.
I did find this article online that may be of interest to you:
Click to access contemplativeprayerarticlebyray.pdf
I am interested in reading Foster’s book. Thank you for the suggestion. 😉
I read it…very good.. 😳 just saying…
Thanks, Darla. I do plan on reading it. I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear. I’m just a bit of a stickler about some doctrines. I can’t come to a critique of the book, or the man, without having read anything he’s written. I will give him a shot! 😉
Very thought-provoking link, especially the quote from Matthew: “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
That’s right beside one of my favorite verses: “”So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Have you ever been about to pray for something and, just as you start, you know it’s not what you need? Happens to me quite often, and I always think of the verse above. God knows what I need, and He lets me know that before I even begin to pray. Other times, He answers a prayer almost before I’ve started it.
I’m rambling …
Yes. I do know what you mean. Sometimes I’ll be praying, pouring out my heart to the Lord, and the thing I want to ask for, I just can’t. Somehow it isn’t what I really need and I end up asking for whatever He wills.
I think it’s wonderful when it happens cause I know He’s conforming my will to His. He’s amazing that way.
Hey, Alan. Do you have a blog? How did you find me? Glad you’re here and I don’t mind rambling at all. 😉
No blog just yet, but I’m working on it. I found you a month or so back – I was searching for inspiration and googling at random. Lucky me to have found your blog! (I think I must have had a little help…)
And watch out, ’cause I can sure ramble!! 🙂
OK – you’ve inspired me. My first poor attempt is at http://anotherlostsheep.wordpress.com/ – be kind! 😉
another lost sheep- just came from your blog…awesome! I am so glad you are here…GOd is soooo good to bring us all together…I just love HIM!
Richard Foster is ‘worthy’ of caution for sure and it looks like you are already cautious, from the above link to Lighthouse Trails Research.
Hey Michelle – I don’t seem to have your e-mail. Will you e-mail me? 🙂
Read The Prodigal God by Tim Keller, then add it to your list!
I am just finishing up “The Holiness of God” by Sproul. It will go on my short list of must read books as it has been a fascinating read.
Wish I would have read it long ago.