"Unique and powerful." --Elisabeth Elliot
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Author Frances J. Roberts started a quiet phenomenon with her book Come Away My Belovedand now her encouraging words are available in a fresh paperback package. This powerful, lyrical devotional includes lightly-updated text and scripture from the New King James Version of the Bible.
Francis J. Roberts is a songwriter, a poet and an author. After graduating from Moody Bible College, Frances served as a state director for Child Evangelism Fellowship, taught at a Spanish mission school, and worked as a professional accompanist. Eighty-eight of her hymns have been published. In 1964, she founded The King's Press and began releasing books. Over the last 30 years, she has sold over 1.5 million books. Frances has four grown children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and lives in Ojai, California.
In the hurried pace of today's world, it is imperative that believers actively pursue a close, personal relationship with the Lord. However, in order to do that, each of us must set aside the time to come away and seek out the Father's presence; for though we know and believe that God is with us everywhere, still, we must learn be quiet and to shut out the noise of the world in order to listen instead to the voice of God. Then, and only then, can we be renewed and refreshed. Come Away My Beloved, written by Frances J. Roberts, is a devotional classic that seeks to help us do just that. In its updated form, it has the potential to minister to the hearts of a whole new generation of Christian believers.
According to Adrian Rogers, Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis Tennessee, "Frances Roberts has blessed the multitudes with this book. In a world of speed and noise, this volume is a quiet oasis for the weary soul. It deserves wide distribution and personal appropriation." Based solely upon and filled with God's written Word, Come Away My Beloved provides a mix of comfort, conviction, and compassion; it is designed to draw the believer, in whatever stage of Christian growth he or she may be, into a more intimate fellowship with the Lord.
Underscoring the truth that God says to us all, "Only as you know Me can you come to be more like me," this unique devotional book is a wonderful aid that can be used alongside the scriptures in a daily quiet time with the Lord. Truly, "The earthly obscures the heavenly," but this book allows its reader a glimpse of eternity through the eyes of Christ, and opens the door to closer fellowship with the Father through the power of His Holy Spirit. Its insights are suitable for all believers. -- Nancy K. Brown, Christian Book Previews.com
This is a beautiful book. It is beautifully made and more beautifully written. I got it at a time in my life that I felt spiritually dry. It has helped so much! It makes you realize that you have a loving Heavenly Father. Not One who is just waiting to punish you. It is like love letters from God. I thank God for such a blessing!
I have had this book for a long time now, but only recently started to discover what a gem I had. I found it, a good few years ago, among a pile of second hand books I was rummaging through. About 2 years ago I read one or two extracts and found it so comforting that I immediately passed it on to a friend! Two months ago it came back to me - unread! But what a blessing it has been.
I think the author is a lady, but I'm not sure. One thing that I am sure of though, is that it is authored by a saint. It is written, in the main, "as if" the Lord were speaking directly to Frances. She/he seems to be documenting the constant love and comfort, and also loving correction, that the Lord is pouring into her life. It is this heavenly perspective which interprets and redefines all that comes her way - the nominal church, the demands on time, the lures of the flesh etc. Superimposed upon all the manifold and varied revelations is one of a gracious, tender, loving and strong Father. The true Christian will immediately recognise that One to be his God.
Because all believers who truly long for closeness with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, share a similar pilgrimage, you will find, as you come to this book, prayerfully (or at times in utter spiritual bankruptcy), that again and again it will speak precisely to your condition. But don't make it your God - heed the warning given often in this book of finding God for yourself. Frances wants you to come to Jesus and hear what He has to say to you, in your circumstances and calling - and so does Jesus, I might add. But get a vision of love, sacrifice, discipleship and devotion here that has almost been lost in the polarising camps of the laid-back-Christian-seeker-friendly-entertainment cult and the over-doctrinal-classification-artistes, who want a revival of Puritanism in our day. Get to the marrow - you'll find plenty of that here.
I have had this book since the early 1980's. It is marked in and worn out. I know if I was ever on a deserted island and I could only take two books, this one would be second to the Bible. I have rejoiced and wept at his wonderful insight and thoughts. What a blessing to own this book!
Come Away My Beloved is more than a devotional. These are love letters from God. My son, 15, says, "Mom, this really encourages me in my life to live more for my Heavenly Father." I read the Psalms to be encouraged...and now I also read Come Away My Beloved..it's food for my spirit!
If you are trying to get to the next level in God, this book used as a devotional is a great way to get there. If you read a passage or two before praying, your desire becomes more of God and less of the stuff you were originally going to pray about. This book also shows you how the Lord chastens and rebukes those that He loves in love. Not only do you hear what is wrong, but you also find out what He wants you to do to fix it. The most awesome thing is that you know that this comes from the word. I recommend this to anyone who leads praise and worship or who is on a praise and worship team.