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Practicing the Presence of Jesus Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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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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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.
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.
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