I mentioned previously that in this section I wanted to introduce you to certain individuals who, through their writings, have become my spiritual mentors and friends. Actually, the first two books that I will suggest to you “for your library” do not quite fit that category. However, I think you may find these books foundational for beginning your own digging for the principles that have been proven to constitute invaluable treasure to the lives of countless searchers over many generations. In both books it is Scripture alone that is shared, not the writings of any person. (Of course, our God is a Writer! And it is His holy and precious Word that is our foremost and ultimate source for spiritual food and life. So, if you are hungry to know how to live, it is the Bible - God’s love letter to us, and the “manufacturer’s instruction manual” for us whom He created in His image – that will be our essential guide for the knowledge we so hunger for. There is no other book in the world like it, nor will there ever be, for God Himself wrote it.)
You may enjoy owning a classic little devotional book, first published in the 1870’s, entitled Daily Light on the Daily Path. For each day of the year there is a morning and an evening reading, brief groupings of Scripture that revolve around a theme. Credited to Samuel Bagster of London, who was born in 1772, it is actually a labor of love that spread over four generations. Samuel and his wife Eunice had twelve children, and it was their tenth, Jonathan, who was responsible for the idea and method of compiling Daily Light. Around the table, Samuel led his family in prayer and worship, and in the context of that time together, Jonathan would normally suggest a passage or key verse. Other family members would contribute further related verses. Heart-searching care went into every text selected, and the compilations were discussed, arranged, and considered prayerfully sometimes for weeks before they were completed. Daily Light was first published by Jonathon’s son, Robert, assisted by his daughter Ann. It has been a rich source of daily inspiration for thousands of people for well over a century, and can be as insightful and refreshing to you, my friend, as well.