After I developed a serious stress and anxiety disorder, I decided to meet with a therapist. She started by talking with me about my problems and asking me how I dealt with issues in the past. When I brought up church, she explained that religion is a calming, relaxing way to reduce stress. She talked with me about staying true to my spiritual side, and it was nice because she didn't put any pressure on me at all. That day, I decided to focus more on attending my church meetings and serving others, which was naturally relaxing. This blog is here to help you to stay true to your spiritual side, so that you can live a well-rounded life.
As a Christian, you must always strive to improve your faith. It's wise to use every tool at your disposal for this purpose, including a book on your relationship with God. You may be wondering how a book can help you improve your relationship with God. Here are a few ways you can use a book to deepen your spiritual life:
1. Read slowly.
Some books can be consumed quickly. When you're hoping to learn, it pays to slow down and take your time. Don't hurry ahead just to finish the book. Take the time to really comprehend everything you read. Think over the text and pray as you go through the book.
2. Highlight portions that stand out to you.
Purchasing your own book is an excellent idea because it will give you more freedom to interact with the book how you see fit. Some people see marking books as a sign of disrespect, but it's actually a fantastic way to study. Highlight portions of the text that stand out to you as you read. If there's something you'd like to examine in more detail at a later date, add a sticky note to the page so you can easily find it again. Customize your book and mark it in ways that help you learn.
3. Form a study group.
Reading alone is a worthy intellectual pursuit, but reading a book with a study group can be edifying in its own way. Bring your book to your Bible study or ask some friends if they'd like to read along with you. Reading the same book together will encourage dialogue. Your peers may notice things in the book that you do not. Their insights can be valuable to you. Everyone's relationship with God is a little different, but hearing how other Christians connect with God can give you ideas to implement in your own life. Study groups don't need to be heavily regimented. They can be simple, informal meetings where you discuss your reading from the past week.
4. Look up associated texts.
Many nonfiction books cite other books, articles, and studies within their text. A book about your relationship with God will likely reference many Bible verses. If you'd like to gain a deeper understanding of the book, take the time to read some of these additional texts after you finish the book. If the author has written other books, you may also want to read those to gain a fuller understanding of their theology. Additional reading can help you clarify your thoughts and strengthen your relationship with God.Share
24 June 2020