If you are longing for a deeper, intimate relationship with God, digging into His Word, applying it to your life, and praying on a regular basis are key practices, along with worship and fellowship with other Christ followers. But I also enjoy the treasure of a good book that helps me to cultivate my relationship with God. Dutch Sheets, author, teacher, and conference speaker, has written such a book – The Pleasure of His Company: A Journey to Intimate Friendship with God.
This book has 30 short chapters and could be read as either a book or a devotional. Each chapter is based on an aspect of growing nearer to God, using Scripture while incorporating illustrations from his life journey, and ends with a prayer. He brings insight into passages by referring to the original language of significant words, opens up understanding with the cultural information of the time in how we are meant to understand, and through these provides new ways to perceive what might be overly familiar.
This book is a wonderful tool for both the new and the seasoned Christ follower. I was bored with the first half of the book, but found the second half to be more enlightening and thought-provoking. I think this is because the book is progressive – starting off on the beginning of the basics of growing in intimacy with God and then taking the journey deeper. If you have a hard time enjoying being in God’s presence, this is an excellent book to awaken your passion for His presence in your life. If you already enjoy His presence, this book will remind you how amazing it is that He wants friendship with us.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.