Reviewed by Darin Godby

Practicing the Presence of Jesus is a very practical book that many believers will find helpful in their journey of faith. Author Wally Armstrong tells of how he spent most of his Christian life trying to always achieve or become the person that he felt God and/or others would want him to become. While he practiced and worked tirelessly on his golf game, constantly improving his abilities there, he didn’t understand that a relationship with Jesus must be something that is developed on a personal level, not just by following a set of rules and regulations.

One day things took a change for the better when he saw Jesus on the golf course. Now you will have to read the book to better understand this, but one nugget of insight is that Wally began to see Jesus as a close personal friend rather than someone who was far away. When this light begin to dawn within Wally’s life, his relationship with Jesus became something that was real and vibrant. He desired to read, journal and pray early in the mornings, not because he had to, but because he desired to talk to his new best friend.

How do many believers get caught up in the doing (of the rules they imposed upon themselves) rather than the being (following the leadership of Jesus in a personal way)? People call themselves Christians yet really don’t understand who Jesus even is. Wally was challenged to understand who Jesus was and who He desired to be within Wally’s life. When a believer can better understand those issues than Jesus is more than a person – He can become a true friend.

Wally learned that he couldn’t change himself, rather he must allow Jesus to change him to become the person he was intended to be. He learned to practice the presence of Jesus no matter where he was. If he was driving, playing golf, having devotions, etc… he could talk to Jesus and allow Him to become a real presence within his life.

This is a small put powerful book that will challenge every believer to not just talk the talk but rather walk the walk.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Darin Godby is an active reader, husband, father and soon to be author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Summerside. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.