Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. But how do you do that? The author says, “No one had ever taught me how to love God. I always said I loved God, but words are easy to say. Can you really love someone unreservedly who inspires both devotion and fear?”
“When I discovered Ignatius of Loyola’s method of using the five senses to enter into the stories of Jesus in the Bible, the love I felt for Jesus became real, heartfelt. Then I implemented a procedure that helped me transfer that same heartfelt love to the Father. And many things changed for me in my understanding and practice of faith.”
Especially suited for non-contemplatives, these meditations illuminate the character of the Creator God in such a way that Christian living grows from a foundation of love rather than being reward- or fear-based.
Targeted Age Group:
12 and older
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing in the Christian non-fiction category is a challenge if you have anything new to say. Religious traditions have a tendency to erect walls around themselves and everyone is a soldier on those walls to guard against what they were taught when they were young. It’s a difficult thing to let go of deeply embedded ideas that were planted at a time in your life when you had no ability to discern truth from opinion. The journey of faith, and spirituality, is accepting the freedom to expand those concepts using your adult mind.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t write for money or the potential of fame and fortune. Write because you can’t stop writing.
Paul W. Meier received a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Masters of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is a second career Lutheran pastor who has been published in The Upper Room, Christ In Our Home, Alive Now, The Lutheran, and Lutheran Partners. His other books include Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther: Finding Freedom in Love; In Living Color: The Lord’s Prayer; In Living Color: The Beatitudes; and Be the Light: Overcoming Evil with Good.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When a spiritual practice makes such an impact on your concepts of God to the point that it empowers you to live your faith from love rather than to meet the expectations of all the religious rules you’ve been fed since your youth, it’s something that needs to be shared.