Saturday, June 06, 2009

Faith and Will - the book

I'm enjoying a nice little, recently released book, "Faith and Will" by Julia Cameron, best-selling author of "The Artist's Way." Ms. Cameron's straightforward, easy to understand writing seems to me to be a primer for faith as understood by practicing Christians. Its content subtitle is "Weathering the Storms in Our Spiritual Lives" and indeed, she taps the reader on the shoulder with reminders of why we may begin to believe in God, how to continue to believe, and why we may doubt from time to time.

Last night's read before my lights out time was on page 160 with this quote -

Proverbs 1:5 - "Let the wise also hear and gain in learning."

"This Scripture (according to the author) advises us that no matter what level we have reached in our faith, there is always another level that we can go to. There is no limit on how close we can get to God. God is always ready to be still more intimate with us. God is always ready to be even more our companion and our mentor. There is no upper ceiling on our relationship with God. There is always room for more growth, more tranquility, more faith."

I found that of great comfort to fall asleep by and to reflect on again this a.m. Where am I in my faith and am I ready to be yet more intimate in relationship with God? Do I believe that God is interested in even matters I might believe too unimportant to bother Her with? Well, do I? How about you? Something seemingly trivial in your life that bringing it before God might ease your burden, your pain, your fear? Questions I ask from time to time of myself - Julia Cameron has given me a reminder of living in the faith that I espouse.
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  1. I thought you were going to be talking about a television comedy and then I realised that was Will and Grace! ;-)

    I have trouble believing in the sort of intimate relationship with God in which she is literally interested in my trivialities (or actually even my bigger worries). That implies a God like a person. I think it is the laying out of our issues - to use your phrase "bringing it before God" - that is the important step.

  2. Tess,
    I commend to you a close and meditative reading of Luke 7:36-50. Read it three or four times and reflect on it over a day or two.

  3. thanks for the book alert. i think i'll pass on further comment :-)