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Now Is Eternity: Comfort And Wisdom For Difficult Hours
by Johann Christoph Blumhardt And Christoph Blumhardt
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Rodney Clapp,Evangelicals for Social Action
Blumhardt reminds us that personal peace is merely the wrapping paper of a more magnificent gift: confidence in the coming of God's kingdom
Blumhardts message is a most spontaneous and penetrating word of God, and it speaks right into the need of the world.
A collection of short but striking meditations to battle weariness and despair. Bad days are one thing - everyone has them now and then. But what about the darker clouds that settle over a life for weeks or even months at a time? What about separation and divorce, prolonged illness and hospitalization? What about the loss of a friend or a parent, the absence of a child or a spouse? For the friend or family member who just isn't coping, no matter what you say, the sturdy simplicity of this little volume offers something most well-meaning sympathy cards forget: a gentle insistence that there is still a God who watches over all, and a stubborn faith that the worst trials of life's "difficult hours" will one day be overshadowed by his comfort and peace. In reminding us of the power conferred by hope, Now Is Eternity is a source of daily strength. Given the understated beauty and brevity of its texts, it is one the thirsty reader will surely come back to again and again. Available in English for the very first time, Now is Eternity originally appeared in German in 1947. Contains seventy meditations, one per page, with crimson titling and black text.
About the Author
Pastor, politician, and author Christoph F. Blumhardt (1842-1919) influenced a whole generation of Europeans, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emil Brunner, Oscar Cullman, and Karl Barth. His father, Johann C. Blumhardt (1805-1880) was a Swabian pastor and is regarded by many as the father of German pietism.
Excerpted from Now Is Eternity : Comfort and Wisdom for Difficult Hours by J.C. Blumhardt and C.F. Blumhardt. Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 1999. All rights reserved.
Perhaps the greatest danger that threatens us comes from being overly involved in the small, ordinary happenings of daily life - from becoming so enslaved by them that they fill our heart and soul. To go about life in this way is to go about unprotected, unaware, distracted, and removed from reality. Let us never allow ourselves to be dragged down by pettiness, or take the things of this earth so seriously that they burden us day after day. Let us live constantly in the Promise.
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