We all strive for perfection. Billions of dollars are spent every year on diets, makeup, cosmetic surgery, etc., all in an effort to make ourselves perfect (or as close to perfect as we can be).
But what about spiritual perfection? Do we strive for spiritual perfection? Can we achieve spiritual perfection? Is it even necessary for us to pursue spiritual perfection?
This book will answer all those questions, but perhaps from a different point of view than the one you have heard before or expect.
For those confused about the relationship between grace and judgment, Daniel Neff has written a timely and engrossing work that is accessible to everyone. Using Psalm 139 as a starting point, Daniel sees the human condition as a paradox: we run from a God who loves us.
I found this book insightful and though-provoking.
Daniel gives a much needed understanding of how a loving God functions in a sinful world. Sickness, illness, and violence are part of this fallen world, but not part of God’s will for us. Daniel points out that faith is a process, not a “to-do” list. He challenges the accepted view that God only accepts “good” people. Since He created all people to be in a relationship with Him, He wants to save all people. Daniel provides a much needed corrective to the idea that we have to somehow “earn” God’s love. He has already shown His love to us by sending His Son Jesus.
– Dr. William B. Sweetser, Jr., Ph.D., is the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Spruce Pine, NC; and Visiting Professor of Church History, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte, NC.
Daniel also publishes under the pen name “Van Morgan.” His latest work is “The Mystery of Lake Clandestine.”
Daniel was born in 1963 on the banks of the Ohio River, the third of four children born to Maurice and Sarah Neff. After spending the first eleven years of his life in Northern Kentucky, Daniel began a nomadic journey that would continue for decades.
Oklahoma, the land of tornadoes and endless horizons, was the first stop, where his family stayed for four years. New Jersey was next. The Neff family moved into their charming ranch style home in the woods the same year gambling was approved in the Garden State, but not before spending a month living in a hotel on the beach in Ventnor (in the dead of winter). The kids enjoyed the uncrowded beach and boardwalk until it was time to move into their house that was located farther inland. After high school and some college and a couple of odd jobs, Daniel enlisted in the Air Force as an air traffic controller. His training and assignments took him to San Antonio, TX; Biloxi, MS; and Altus AFB, Altus, OK (of course you’ve never heard of Altus). Upon completion of his enlistment, a one year employment with the FAA took him to Longmont, CO (just outside of Denver). Daniel enjoyed the soaring peaks and champagne powder of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Daniel moved on to Georgia, where he experienced several more diverse career fields designed to color his experience to develop his writing style.
Daniel has written a memoir about his personal battle with “terminal” cancer,
“God Said Not Yet;”
a nonfiction book about God’s grace titled,
“I Am Perfect (in God’s Eyes);”
a fiction novel titled,
and a novella titled
“When You Die in Your Dreams.”
He has several other book projects in production.
Daniel currently lives in western North Carolina with his wife Linda, their son Daniel, and their Golden Retriever Johnny Bud.