Dallas Willard writes beautifully of the depths that our relationships with God can attain: “We should, first of all, find ourselves constantly growing in our readiness and ability to draw our direction, strength, and overall tone of life from the everlasting kingdom, from our personal interactions with the Trinitarian personality who is God, This will mean, most importantly, the transformation of our heart and character into the family likeness, increasingly becoming like ‘children of our Father.'” (p. 396) Really worth reading.
A. W. Tozer, pastor and writer about God and the spiritual life, died in 1963, but his books still ring of truth about God even now in the 21st century. He writes the “the Eternal Son leads us to believe that self-expression is inherent in the Godhead, that God is forever seeking to speak Himself out to His creation. The whole Bible supports the idea, God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is by His nature continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking Voice.” (p. 21)
Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and prolific author, wrote this comprehensive book about how “a forgotten reality can change everything we see, hope for, and believe.” (subtitle) We don’t realize that we exist in the universal Christ, that He lives in us and so we are blind to the truth about our lives and live in a limited way even as we believe in Christ. Let Fr. Rohr open your eyes to all that the Universal Christ can be to you!
David Brooks, op-ed columnist for the New York Times newspaper, writes to a broad audience about “The Quest for a Moral Life” and what joy and fulfillment and purpose it can bring us. While weaving a tale of his own religious upbringing, he also relates the stories of people who have gone beyond the cultural limitations to find “a life of meaning and purpose,” in four commitments: to spouse and family, to vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community”( from the flyleaf). Set in this world, still it speaks loudly of faith and truth.