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A  Friend Within

         Listening to Jesus speak through the scriptures

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Throughout the history of human kind there has never been a race or a tribe of people who have not looked to the divine or supernatural, to seek meaning regarding the existence of life. This search has crystalized in what we call major religions or spiritual entities. Some examples are Islam, Hinduism, Paganism, Judaism and Christianity.

This book relates to Christianity and in particular seeks a personal way to live out its message, take comfort from the depth of its promise and reach a spiritual fulfillment.

Christianity is rooted in Judaism and reached maturity when Jesus Christ was born some 2000 years ago. Jesus' deeds and words are recorded by the early Christian Communities in the  gospels. Within these texts the reader can know something of the life of Jesus, his philosophy, his theology and his extraordinary wisdom and promise.

Christianity contends Jesus is the son of God equal to the Creator of all things. Christianity contends further that Jesus loves and cares about each and every one of us regardless of our religious or spiritual persuasion. Jesus reaches out to all. Many Christians have heard his call or have had 'eye contact' with Jesus but for a myriad of reasons have left the room. This book is for them, but not exclusively. This book is for those who practice their Christian spirituality in a consistent manner, but not exclusively. This book is for all humankind whose journey is not yet complete. This work then has a universal appeal.                                    

     J. Perrriam