The human heart longs to commune with its Creator: to pursue Him passionately, to feel His power, to love and to feel loved by Him. Dr. David Ireland invites you, as Moses invited Israel, to journey to the mountain of God where you may encounter Him in all His glory. You can discover deep intimacy with God through a forty-day journey designed to help you discover that you are God's treasured possession, unload the extra baggage that hinders a smooth trek, perform a spiritual heart checkup that leads to inner healing, secure a personal renewal in your relationship with the Lord, and begin living God's thrilling adventures for you. Each day's reading and reflection activity will help create a bond between you and your heavenly Father that can only deepen and grow stronger over time. Suitable for individual or group study.
There's nothing original about "40 days" of anything these days thanks to Rick
Warren, and there's nothing original about finding our spiritual "sweet spot"
thanks to Max Lucado. But readers will find both in Ireland's new book. The
New Jersey megachurch pastor's version of a 40-day journey is based on Moses'
and the Israelites' preparation to meet God on Mount Sinai, as found in the
biblical book of Exodus. Ireland takes principles from that preparation and
applies them to modern readers eager to meet and grow closer to God. Each of
his eight steps receives five days' worth of readings, with summary
statements at the end of each of the 40 chapters. Steps include "Preparing My
Heart for the Climb," "Disciplines for Mountaintop Living" and "A New
Beginning." Ireland draws from his own church's "journey to the mountain of
God" to make his plan more personal, though dense writing tends to weigh down
the chapters. A helpful reader's guide at the end summarizes Ireland's goals
for the book and for readers. Those looking for a new take on the 40-day
devotional concept will find it here. (Aug. 22) Copyright 2006 Reed Business
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