I don't know about you, but I associate some books with sensing the presence of God. Reading them led me into God's presence. The words seemed to touch my soul. Now I don't know if there is really something special about such books, or whether there are times when God is sensibly close and many books would lead one into God's presence. I've heard that in such a state even the phone book can be spiritually nourishing! At other times, God seems absent, and even the best books leave me dry.

In any case, some books have filled that role for me: the Imitation of Christ, Augustine's Confessions, The Revelations of Julian of Norwich, and others. Such books were the cause of the start of the CCEL, and the original criteria for inclusion in the CCEL included the ability of a book to bring one into God's presence.

What books have filled that role for you? I'd be interested in hearing your comments, and I'll share some of them in a future newsletter. You can add your comments here. Perhaps others will read a good book based on your recommendation.

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What books have filled that role for you?

For me there has been a few that fill that role and these are:

* Practice the presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
* The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney, by C. G. Finney
* Praying Hyde: A man of prayer, by Basil Miller
* Revival Praying, by Leonard Ravenhill

There have been many more but these definitely stand out above the rest.

Other titles that have been great encouragement to me are:

* Foxe's Book of Martyrs, by Foxe
* Intercessor Rees Howells, by Norman Grubb
* Why Revival tarries, by Leonard Ravenhill

Craig. C. Ireland

Craig. C. Ireland


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