I don't want to say a lot about this book because I don't want to ruin how wonderful it is for you. It would spoil the surprise that you got each morning when you learned one more aspect of just how much God loves you. I could hardly wait for the next days adventure in friendship and to be truthful sometimes I didn't, I would read ahead!
This is a month long journey of daily, easy to read and understand devotions of God's desire for you. You don't want to miss out on this book and I would highly recommend more of Mr. Sheets books.
A cheerful, human book full of good news--easy to read, believe and relate to
April 15, 2015
"Pleasure is not only determined by the things we do, but by the company we keep."
Some say that Almighty God wants us to have a close relationship with him, and enjoys spending time with us. One part of this idea naturally appeals to me, but another part resists it. It seems a little too good to be true, and besides, he has a universe to run, and billions of suffering people to attend to, so how would he have time to chat? And how do we spend time with someone we cannot see or audibly hear? So, with these divergent feelings, I was excited at the opportunity to read this book by Dutch Sheets, hoping to find some clarity through the perspective of a well-known author who has a good knowledge of scripture.
The Pleasure of His Company is a cheerful book! Each chapter focuses on a different angle of drawing near to God, and leads us to consider an easy shift in our routine that can help us leave the noise and busyness behind, and find peace in God's presence.
The first chapter sets the tone. The author muses about the definition of pleasure, relating some humorous personal thoughts and family personalities. Then, rather than theologically listing God's attributes, he describes him as one would describe a loved one; a loved one whose way of life on this earth attracted the most extraordinary people, whose divinity brought about one-of-a-kind events, and who set in motion global spiritual transformation. Someone, in other words, far surpassing anyone you'll ever meet in character and fame, yet, as the author asks, "What if I told you this man requests the pleasure of your company...He created us, mere humans, because he wanted a family, not distant servants." My reaction to the question was, "I don't know if I believe that, but keep talking! Keep trying to convince me!"
I oppose overly-chummy--almost disrespectful--approaches toward our holy God, but I cannot deny that Jesus taught us to call God "Abba", which means "Dad". I appreciate that Dutch Sheets gives the scripture context that I require to ensure that, far from being a recent spiritual fad, this is what was intended all along since the creation of the human race.
The author is trying to lead us "out of the blinding fog of non-relational religion". The pages show a life of following Christ as something joyful, spent with Someone who delights in us; not our religious activities, not how much money we give to charities, not how morally good we are, but--as parents understand--us, his treasured children.
More than any other inspirational book, this one encourages me to believe that our Father in heaven takes immense pleasure in our company--not only as groups, communities or nations--but as individuals.
[I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.]
A Daily Devotional for Developing a Deeper Relationship with God
April 4, 2015
Bethel, a house of God relationship, allows one to know the blessings of salvation without ever experiencing the pleasure of His company. At this level of relationship Jesus is more a Savior than a friend, and God is more of a distant ruler than an affectionate Father. A Penuel, face-to-face relationship, on the other hand, changes everything. Jesus becomes our Friend . . ., God becomes Abba-Papa . . ., and the Holy Spirit becomes our close Helper. Dutch Sheets
If your desire is to enjoy this deeper, face-to-face relationship with our loving God, you will appreciate the insights to be found in Dutch Sheets new book, The Pleasure of His Company. Thirty short chapters (easily read one a day for a month) will mentor you, the reader, on this practice of lingering often with God, coming to know Him better, learning to walk His way. Sheets uses both Bible and personal insights to help readers understand the truths he wants to share, to help them discover why God is about so much more than providing salvation and how it is possible to live as His friend. Each chapter ends with a meaningful prayer that also serves as a chapter summary, a call to action, an earnest plea to God, and a pledge to delve right in.
I enjoyed reading this bookespecially through this Easter season. Its one I recommend.
Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
A pleasure to read as well as a journey sums up how I see this book from Dutch Sheets. Sheets style is gentle, but still able to lead his reader toward God. I like that and especially in this format. The book is divided into 30 readings or chapters and could easily be a devotional book for anyone. As the back cover says, "Learn from Dutch Sheets as he shares his life lessons for cultivating an intimate relationship with God." But before you think he's going to share a formula or 7 easy steps, listen to what he has to say in this quote, "Every time I see another church-growth conference advertised, I cringe. It isnt that the principles shared are wrong But each of us still must allow the Holy Spirit to show us how and apply the principles to our personal lives and ministries." (150) He wants each of us to travel our journey as the Spirit leads. That makes this valuable resource to start our wheels turning toward discovering the pleasure of God's company. And that company is a genuine pleasure.
Thirty days of reading can start a new habit in your life. I recommend this book for its gentleness and prompting toward the journey. See if you agree with my thoughts when you read through this for yourself.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
The Pleasure of His Company: A Journey To Intimate Friendship with God by Dutch Sheets was an excellent book. Its really more of a devotional book, broken into 30 easy to read chapters. Sheets writing style is engaging and relaxed, yet he helps the reader to feel that this is a personal book.
The premise of the book comes in the title and subtitle. Sheets believes and I agree, God wants to have a personal relationship with us. Its not a long distance relationship but one in which we find intimacy with God, as He does with us. We also take pleasure in knowing and relating to and with God.
While this is an easy to read book, you should take your time and gain an understanding of how God wants to relate with you and how you can experience and know God, as well. Hopefully this will help the reader to move deeper in their relationship with God.
I highly encourage this book to be read.
I received a Review Copy free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own.