5 reasons to grab a copy of Catherine Campbell's 'Journey With Me'

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A devotional can be a great way to engage with God and it’s not too late to join in with author Catherine Campbell! Her beautiful daily devotionals take the reader on a journey throughout the year. Even if you didn’t start on January 1st, there are plenty more days in the year to be encouraged by her words. Here are 5 reasons to grab yourself a copy of her book:

  1. A warm, relateable style of writing. It really does feel like you are walking with her each day as a friend. The short paragraphs are easy-to-read, conversational and keep you focused on the Lord in a fun, relaxed way.

  2. A stunning cover. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but having this on your bookshelf is a reminder of the great content that is inside it.

  3. A mixture of bible passages to reflect on and the author’s own thoughts. Interspersed throughout, there are days where there is just a passage of scripture and four questions to reflect on: What does it say? What does it mean? What is God saying to me? How will I respond? This is a great way to really slow down and meditate on the words.

  4. A short prayer at the end of Catherine’s own reflections. These prayers are only couple of lines long, but they capture the heart of what the reading has been been about. It’s a great way to finish each daily devotion.

  5. A verse at the top to start followed by a reading to go and look up. We are invited to open up our own Bibles to look at the reading that surrounds the chosen verse that Catherine has picked out for the day. It’s always great to look over a verse, but it’s helpful to see the context of that verse and ponder it for ourselves, which is exactly what Catherine helps to facilitate.

You can purchase ‘Journey With Me’ (published by IVP) for £12.99 at Bridge Books by placing an order on our website, giving us a call on 01392 427171 or visiting us at 3 Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1DW.

Written by Ruth Clemence

Enjoying God by Tim Chester - A Book Review

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Is it possible to enjoy God in everyday, ordinary life? Tim Chester’s ‘Enjoying God’ is about experiencing more of the triune God and recognising his involvement in the day to day to lives of his people.

Tim starts the book with a story about two characters, Mike and Emma, and gives an insight into their Monday morning. Everything seems to unravel at the start of their week and it looks bleak. Their experience of God on a Sunday seems far removed from their experience on a Monday. However, as Tim writes each chapter, he revisits their story and looks at it again with fresh eyes. What might start off being an ordinary and somewhat difficult start to the week can actually prove to be a time of enjoying God.

The chapters explore different ways that we can experience God and find joy. From pleasure to pain, failure to gratitude, times of hardship and times of prayer, in communion and in temptation – through knowing Jesus we are able to share every aspect of life with Father, Son and Spirit because ‘all the time God is around us, behind us and before us’ (pg. 35).

What I loved about this book is the way it focuses on the Trinity – God the Father, Son and Spirit – right from the very first chapter and throughout. Chester explains how our experience of God will be ‘deepened and enriched’ as we think about how we relate to each member of the Trinity. He says that we must not think of the three Persons without recognising them as One in unity – to know one means to know all three. I found that my understanding of how God the Father, Son and Spirit relate to one another, how they relate to me and how, in turn, I respond to them brought me a fresher and truer understanding of the triune God. A quote which encapsulates one of the core principles throughout the book and has helped me is:

‘It’s important to recognise this distinction between union and communion. Our union with God is unilateral or one-sided. And, because it’s all God’s work, nothing we do can change our status with God. But God has saved us so that we might have communion with him, and this communion with God is two-way, God relates to us and in return we relate to God. So we contribute to the relationship. And therefore what we do can affect our experience of God.’ (pg. 177)

At the end of each chapter there is a call to action – a ‘putting it into practice’ section – to try and do in the week to help apply some of the principles introduced. This is followed by some questions for reflection which could work well for a group or personal study. It is not just theory – there is plenty of opportunity to explore what is discussed in real life settings.

The author brings his rich understanding of Scripture with his own personal experience, wisdom from other theologians and wonderful imagery to explain theological concepts in a very clear way. This book is beautifully written, practical and gospel-centred – I recommend it to anyone who would love to go deeper in their relationship with God and to enjoy Him each day!

Written by Ruth Clemence - first written on her blog: ruthclemence.com