“A Friend within” is born out of a concern for the vast number of 21st century Christians
who have lost their appetite for a personal God. Many Christians still practice their
faith but overall, church attendance has continued to fall and shows no sign of improving.
This is the major crises facing Western Christianity today. Surprisingly there has
been little attempt to address this issue.
We began our journey by spending time listening to Christians with different degrees
of commitment describing what makes God important in their lives. They told us that
knowledge, inspirational liturgy and simple language were all useful but by far the
most important gift was an awareness of the mysterious presence of God.
This discovery has led us to seek ways which will help 21st century Christians take
the vital step in becoming aware of the divine. While our book is totally focused
on this weak link in today's Christianity, we are also aware that it will only mature
when it is combined with liturgical worship and wisdom of the wider Christian Community.
Our next task was to identify the spiritual and personal values which would help
today's Christians become aware of God. It became clear that those who call themselves
Christians still believe in Jesus Christ and have an inner desire to make him part
of their lives. It also became obvious that friendship has a major place in today's
world and that often feelings and emotions are more important than knowledge. Values
such as these were used to develop a new way of praying which meets the needs of
the 21st century.