Thursday, March 10, 2011

Living in the Companionship of God

You may go to church, read your Bible, and give your tithe, but do you have a working relationship with God? Speaker and author Jan Johnson poses this question and more in her retreat guide Living in the Companionship of God. She says that God wants to "have meaningful conversations with us, weep with us, celebrate with us, and be our soul's companion. To help us move towards this ideal, she wrote a book that can be used during a personal or group retreat or even our personal quiet time. The first chapter discuses the question of why retreat? Other sections touch topics such as pleading with God, thanking God, weeping with God, and more.

Jan Johnson is an experienced writer with nineteen books and thousands of Bible studies to her name. She has spoken at retreats and conferences. Johnson holds degrees in in Christian Education and Spiritual Direction.

I was not able to take a retreat, so I used this book during my quiet time. I do think it would be better for a retreat or any period of time when the reader is certain to not be interrupted. Johnson gives many opportunities to reflect and meditate on what has been read as well as chances to write. She is quite firm in her belief that the reader needs time to process what is learned/experienced. I believe this book is a great tool for such surroundings. Realizing that God desires to spend time with us, not just have a token of our time here and there is amazing. He wants us to come to Him with our joys and our sorrows as we would a friend. He is here to protect and comfort us as such, but more so because of who He is. Whether you're looking to enrich your personal quiet time or taking a longer retreat, this is a very good tool.

Living in the Companionship of God is written by Jan Johnson and published by NavPress. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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