I’ve been making my way through Streams in the Desert, a daily devotional that is probably in my top five favorites of all time.
It’s definitely not a “your best life now” kind of book. It’s not about how if you have enough faith, God will grant your every whim and desire and take away every hint of sadness and suffering in your life.
It’s about how God uses suffering in your life to increase your dependence on Him, to make you strong enough to fulfill His purposes for you, and to grow you into maturity and Christlikeness.
This devotional makes most of the current Christian writing look like Christianity Lite, heavy on the feel-good but light on actual theology and truth. This one does have its moments of comfort, but also there are plenty of convicting passages as well. It’s not for the faint of heart.
I think in 2020 I will revisit The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers. Those people definitely knew how to pray. I haven’t been through that gem of a book in a while. I think I need a little more old school in my life