- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553375237
- ISBN-13: 978-0553375237
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Am with You Always: True Stories of Encounters With Jesus Paperback – February 1, 1996
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ith You Always is a stunning collection of first-person accounts of everyday people who have had visitations from Jesus that have saved or transformed their lives. From dramatic healing encounters during near-death experiences to gentle reminders to live a spiritual life, these encounters span a wide spectrum of experience. Yet each seems to have one central purpose: Jesus appears to those whose lives need spiritual attention, growth, or healing. In his enlightening commentary on these experiences, Dr. Sparrow describes the spiritual nature of these remarkable stories, discusses their legitimacy, and offers a dramatic new vision of life and faith. I Am With You Always is a thought-provoking and illuminating look into transformational revelation.
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Sparrow recounts something of his personal journey but mostly lets those who have seen the Risen Christ tell their own. Real people telling real stories of visions and dreams that changed something fundamental within them.
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For those with an open mind, you will find this book very comforting and uplifting. I highly recommend it!
I Am With You Always is a collection of stories of Christ encounters by Scott Sparrow, a psychotherapist. They come from persons he counseled, others he met on the lecture circuit and his own personal experiences. Sparrow defines a Christ encounter as"... any experience in which a person perceives the presence of a being whom he or she identifies as Jesus or Christ." He summarizes the experiences reported and states his own outlook:
"Jesus can awaken us to a relationship with him. As the great physician, he can heal our bodies and our hearts. As taskmaster, he can confront and initiate us, encouraging us to remove obstacles to a closer relationship with him. As the consummate teacher, he can instruct and guide us into areas of new growth. And as the bridegroom, he can come to reassure us that we are, above all else, loved. [p. 223]"
Sparrow's work has little in common with the current glut of books about angels and channeling, or the stories TV evangelists tell. Most of his accounts are of dreams or experiences in meditation: few are about near-death experiences. They are experiences you, and I, and people we know, might have had: consistent with Emmanuel, God with us, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. There is surprise at the way Jesus looks in a dream: "Instead of the traditional Christ figure, he was wearing a gray pin-striped suit. He was bald-his face didn't look like the traditional Jesus face. Actually he resembled my uncle Ed. I knew unquestioningly, however, that it was Jesus." Later in the same dream the Jesus figure explains,". .. Of course, everyone would come to see me if I descended from the clouds in a white robe with angels attending; but that is not my purpose...Those who truly know me will recognize me in spirit--the rest will not know me. In this way I am gathering my true followers." I Am With You Always is sometimes inspiring, sometimes very moving. Mostly, however, it is affirming of our own encounters with the risen Lord. The ring of truth in these experiences of others has a grace which helps us evaluate and accept the ways in which Christ may be addressing you and me.
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