Joseph Stowell was the seventh president of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. He is the current pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois. And he is the author of several books, one of which is Simply Jesus.
Simply Jesus is quite simply the best book on walking the walk with Jesus. It is a short volume (just 62 pages) that speaks loudly. It talks about how we experience Jesus. How we might know about Him, have some knowledge of His existence, His character but when the rubber hits the road we’re really clueless. We greatly crave a closer walk but find ourselves missing the boat.
We look at spiritual greats, Billy Grahm, Beth Moore, and others, and think they have the relationship with Jesus that we crave but because they are special God has poured out a double portion of His Spirit on them and we can never attain their level of spirituality, never gain the close walk with Jesus they have. It is reserved for those more spiritual than we are.
This book completely debunks that theory. The close of chapter one reads, “Do you wonder if this is for you? Wonder no longer! He is at the door of your heart, wanting to come in for some serious fellowship.”
Another quote (and let me tell you, there are many excellent quotes in this short book!):
Stepping into a deepening experience with Jesus is something more than keeping short account with sin in our lives. It’s beyond that. It is about getting far enough beyond self that we can see Him more clearly and desire Him more completely. (page 14)
No matter how charming, witty, or profound we may be, we were not created to enthrall ourselves with ourselves for long periods of time. (page 17)
So true!! And honestly, if copyright laws allowed I could go on and on with the great quotes but then why would you have any reason to read the book yourself?
This book should be read by every Christian at the very least once a year and probably closer to 4 times a year or maybe 12.
So buy this book already and read it. Be inspired. Be Hungry knowing God will meet you and He’s bringing the feast that will fill your soul.
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.)