I was at Ollies Bargain Outlet-“Good Stuff Cheap” this morning (a local discount store) and started looking through the heaping stacks of bargain books. Looking for something specific is like (as the saying goes) trying to find a needle in a haystack. Books are literally overflowing off the tables. It kind of reminds me of an all-you-can-eat buffet table of books. I always feel a mixture of panic and excitement as I dive into unorganized stacks like this, so many choices to consider. I would much prefer browsing through books put away on shelves in some sort of orderly manner. But, getting “good stuff cheap” sometimes means sorting through piles of disarray.
The title of one book, buried at the bottom of one pile, peaked my interest, Wide Open Spaces, Beyond Paint-by-Number-Christianity by Jim Palmer. (On a side note, does anyone else find it somewhat humorous and a little sad that a book titled “wide open spaces” was found anywhere but?) Anyway, if you have read any of my posts in the past, you will know that one of my favorite words is spacious. The title of this book made me think of this great word. After reading the brief description on the back cover of the book, I was intrigued. So, I splurged, and $2.99 later I have a new book to read.
Although I am already deep in the middle of another book, I couldn’t wait to at least taste this new one. I have only sampled the first 3 chapters but I have already found myself savoring several of the author’s points. The first point being in the introduction when the author describes who this book is for: “…the person who desires to know God as a person not a program.” Another quote I am chewing on is this “For years I was taught that “faith” is believing there is a God even if you can’t experience him. Maybe instead, faith is believing that what you are experiencing is God.”