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In a culture preoccupied with spirituality, even those of us who claim to have found Jesus living water are strangely thirsty because we are so determined to get the water on our own. Craig Barnes directs us back to the person of Jesus and his offer and promise of streams of living water.
M. Craig Barnes is pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His previous books are Yearning, Hustling God, and When God Interrupts.
In this deep, inspiring book, Barnes plays with biblical images of deserts,
flowing streams and living waters, applying them to contemporary life. He says
that he wrote the book especially for Christians who find themselves in a
spiritual desert with a sense of "soul sadness" or spiritual loneliness, having
lost the astonishment and joy of their faith. Barnes, senior pastor of National
Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., notes that in the Old and New
Testaments, characters from the patriarchs to Jesus used such desert
experiences as metaphors for pilgrimage toward God. Today's Christians can use
their spiritual deserts toward that same end, seeking God's flowing streams of
mercy to sustain and refresh them as they journey to the Promised Land. Barnes
cautions that often Christians mistake their intellectual knowledge, prayers,
church attendance and good works as replacements for God; he claims that making
idols of these activities creates a sense of dissatisfaction and a longing for
more. Often Christians settle for the desert, but Barnes says that "sacred
thirst" can call them from barren spirituality to embrace the holy joy of God.
Just as Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that he could give her
living waters and she would never thirst, so he promises contemporary followers
that the Holy Spirit is the living water that restores parched souls. Barnes's
powerful and beautifully written book is a balm to the weary pilgrim. (Jan.)
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