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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Author: Wally Armstrong
Publisher: Summerside Press
In the Bible, Jesus told his disciples in John 15:14 "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." Wally Armstrong makes this verse a personal reminder to have Jesus as his constant friend in his book, "Practicing the Presence of Jesus."
This one hundred and twelve page, hardbound, pocket-book size book has a photograph of an empty wooden chair in a field at sunrise on the front cover. On the back cover are several paragraphs about the book, a review and author biography. There is are six reviews inside along with a two page forward by Ken Blanchard and preface. The book is geared toward Christian men but can be appreciated and understood by all Christians or those trying to comprehend a personal relationship with God. There are highlighted comments in green and simple chair drawings throughout the book for emphasis. This reader wishes all pronouns regarding God would be capitalized for reverence.
The author is a professional golfer who has had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for over thirty-five years but for the last seven plus years has had a yearning to get to know Him better. After receiving a book published in 1929 that recommended ways to get closer to God, Armstrong found his answer and changed his thinking.
Being performance-driven, focused and feeling that something was missing, Armstrong relates his relationship to Jesus through his golfing experiences. When at the Masters in Augusta, he was told "Jesus" was in the crowd, only to realize it was an actor. In conjunction with the old book's suggestions, he realized that if he visualizes Jesus actually being next to him, seated in a chair, he could see, speak to and engage in a loving relationship with a true Friend. This idea catapulted into considering Jesus is in the car with him, at the driving range, beside him every early morning during his daily devotions and with him always. The writer says you can practice Jesus' presence by meeting, walking and sharing Him in your everyday life.
With Jesus as our best Friend, we can tell Him everything and hear His guidance through our daily lives. The book promotes making Christ our best Friend and Confidant. Psalms 111:10 says "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom ..." and perhaps this book will give a reader the fear and wisdom to grow closer in his or her walk with our awesome, almighty God.
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