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Practicing the Presence of Jesus Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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About the Author
Wally Armstrong competed in over 300 PGA Tour events, including the British Open, the US Open, and the Masters, and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Tour. He is author of seven books, including the bestselling In His Grip (with Jim Sheard and Billy Graham) and The Mulligan (with Ken Blanchard).
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In the first chapter of PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF JESUS, professional golfer and author Wally Armstrong explores this theme and voices a concern that many men, women, and children of all nationalities have experienced at one time or another when they strive to live a Christian life. Wally competed in over 300 PGA Tour events, but nothing challenged him so much as finding the answer to that question. ". . . when I worked hard at practicing my faith, I felt good about my relationship with Jesus. But when I slacked off, I felt like a failure. It was an on-again, off-again relationship, and I was so frustrated by it. When I tried to communicate with Jesus, it felt awkward and I felt guilty. I had no clear picture of him in my mind--just a fuzzy image based on childhood experiences and second-hand information."
Accepting the fact that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior is the most important event in every life and the centerpiece of the Christian faith. Yet, Wally discovered that there is an overlooked gift that was powerfully exercised by early followers of Jesus that has been laid aside by modern Christianity: receiving the offer from Jesus to become his friend, and that is what this book is all about.
In Wally's journey, he first experiences a cathartic moment while playing golf in the spring of 2004, at the Masters tournament in Augusta. He saw Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. Jim wore no robe, no sandals, and no beard. He looked like any of hundreds of men that day. Yet, the idea of knowing Jesus as a friend--like someone he might play golf with--burned in Wally's heart. In the months leading up to the Masters, Wally's spiritual hunger turned in a new, profound direction that day, and the simple moment in time became the catalyst that motivated Wally to find the real living Jesus and position Him as his best friend, someone who could even be in the chair next to him, riding with him in his car.
If something seems missing in your walk with Jesus, or if you know someone who struggles with getting a firm grip on Him, understanding who He is, or learning how to relate to Him, Wally's journey will provide a key to unlocking the mysteries.
The physical attributes of the book provide many plusses: the hard back, pocket-size format makes for easy carrying and will wear well throughout a typical day. The interior outlays eight chapters spanning 108 pages, not including the front and back matter, making for an easy read that could be accomplished in an hour or two, or spread out by reading a chapter a day for a life-changing study week.
Readers will enjoy how the author states each profound position in the eight chapters and then encapsulates the essence of those positions with large font, indented summaries that appear like signposts guiding the reader through the book and creating quick reference points during return visits.
After reading this book, those return visits will undoubtedly be accompanied by your new friend, Jesus Christ. That relationship begins by understanding and accepting the ransom that Jesus offered through his death for us on the cross, when he took the punishment that was due each of us. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
According to Wally Armstrong in PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF JESUS, there is always more to see and more to learn of Jesus. You have a friend in Him. You no longer have to imagine being with Jesus every day. You can share with him everything on your heart and experience his full attention on you. The new journey begins by merely practicing his presence in your life, and as you practice his presence as active, living disciples of Him, your life becomes a reflection of His life.
While the author tells us to use our imagination, I see it more as realizing Jesus is real and in our every day lives. We just forget about Him because he isn't visible. The only way to grow that friendship with Jesus is to get to now Him, as the author encourages us to do by getting into God's Word.
The book consists of a mere 112 pages, but his testimony will have you changing your relationship with Jesus Christ into what it should be.
I received a copy of the book from Litfuse Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Wally Armstrong is a friend of a person I greatly admire--Ken Blanchard--and an accomplished golfer as well. He loves the Lord Jesus and wants everyone to have the kind of real, genuine, authentic relationship with Him that he has experienced.
This book is small and simple. It could easily be read in an hour or two, and yet there will be people that re-read it once they have grabbed it and read through it the first time. It is conversational in tone, and the whole book has a "can-do" attitude for the spiritual journey.
My biggest disappointment with the book is that I thought it would be more like "practicing the presence of God". It is not really that, in my opinion, although it is a good read. It is more like a basic primer for how to take the next steps in your spiritual journey once you have accepted Jesus and might be wondering what it might be like to know him better.
One day things took a change for the better when he saw Jesus on the golf course. Now you will have to read the book to better understand this, but one nugget of insight is that Wally began to see Jesus as a close personal friend rather than someone who was far away. When this light begin to dawn within Wally's life, his relationship with Jesus became something that was real and vibrant. He desired to read, journal and pray early in the mornings, not because he had to, rather because he desired to talk to his new best friend.
How many believers get caught up in the doing (of the rules they feel self imposed upon them) rather than the being (following the leadership of Jesus in a personal way)? It has happened far too long that people call themselves Christians yet really don't understand who Jesus even is. Wally was challenged to understand who Jesus was and who He desired to be within Wally's life. When a believer can better understand those issues then Jesus is more than a person, He can become a true friend.
Wally learned that he couldn't change himself, rather he must allow Jesus to change him to become the person he was intended to be. He learned to practice the presence of Jesus no matter where he was. If he was driving, playing golf, having devotions, etc... he could talk to Jesus and allow Him to become a real presence within his life.
This is a small put powerful book that will challenge every believer to not just talk the talk but rather walk the walk.
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