My God and I: A Spiritual Memoir (Google eBook)
" There are some things about God that, were I to stop believing them, my world would change color, my hope would turn sour, and the meaning of my life would be yanked inside out. "
In this moving spiritual memoir, finished shortly before his death in December 2002, Lewis Smedes, beloved teacher and best-selling author, takes readers through his own lifelong walk with God.
In "My God and I" Smedes gives voice to both the struggles and the joys of his life, revealing his deepest questions to a God who would never let him go and expressing his eager anticipation of the day when, as God promises, all things will be made new. It has been God and I' the whole way, Smedes writes. Not so much because he has always been pleasant company. Not because I could always feel his presence when I got up in the morning or when I was afraid to sleep at night. It was because he did not trust me to travel alone.
Yet "My God and I" is more than Smedes's personal account of his travels with God -- the theological odyssey that was his life. Like all his writings, this book also models and instructs. Through his honest confessions on the nature of Christian faith, Smedes offers gentle insights not just about God but also about human life and how it can and should be lived. And for those interested in the particulars of Smedes's professional life, these pages include many anecdotes by one whose career was linked closely with shifting currents in modern theology and with some of America's premier educational institutions.
Above all, "My God and I" will provide a source of spiritual comfort to those who, like Smedes, continue to strive after the presence of God. It will also be a cherished good-byefor the many people who have been touched by the wisdom, wit, and charm of Lewis Smedes.
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A Memoir of Humility and GentlenessUser Review - Christianbook.com
During a dark time in my life, I read Lewis B. Smedes book Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve. Smedes has had a special place in my heart since then. When I saw his memoir I knew I had to read it! The first things that are noticeable about Smedes' writing is his transparency, humility and gentleness. He does not come across as a pastor and writer who presumes to know all the answers and I respect that greatly. He gently and humbly shares from his own life. He does not hide behind a mask of a perfect and unrealistic Christian life. He freely shares both his dreary melancholy days, and his roses and sunshine days. By the end of the book I had tears in my eyes because of a man who was willing to reveal his inner-self. Smedes begins his story with a short biography of his parents. Both his parents were from the Netherlands. His mother's father was Mennonite and his mother of reformed faith. Their story of how they met was interesting in that they were of different backgrounds and of a wide age gap; yet they blended their "mixed marriage" and made a life for each other. Smedes own father died when he was young and his mother struggled to provide for him and his siblings. Smedes went to college and seminary. Later teaching at prestigious universities and seminaries. During the 1950's he lived in Europe. Throughout his years of teaching, preaching and even writing; Smedes struggled against the feelings that, "he was the worst of sinners." He dwelled on inferior feelings and thoughts, and he readily acknowledged his wife as spurring him on in ridding himself of this toxic thinking. Smedes also shares why he believed in the reformed faith, his thoughts on fundamentalism, transparency. My favorite quote: "...why we need more than anything else is the Spirit of love to open our eyes and ears to see and hear what is really going on in the heart and mind of the person to whom we are talking." I loved this book and am grateful to the late Lewis B. Smedes tha ...
Review: My God and I: A Spiritual MemoirUser Review - Clare Graaf - Goodreads
Smedes is so transparent and kind. You can easily imagine him as your favorite grandfather. Just a lot of godly wisdom from a guy who has mileage. Read full review
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