What often keeps us from noticing and enjoying the presence of God?
For me (and maybe for others), it’s usually myself – my self-imposed to-do list, my mind flitting from one thing to the next, my choices or my perspective. Even during the challenges of life, I can still choose whether or not to seek and praise Him.
The Pleasure of His Company by Dutch Sheets (Bethany House, 2014) addresses some of the ways we can redirect our focus to Him.
With 30 shorter chapters (of about 8-10 pages each), this book can be used as a month-long devotional, or just a regular non-fiction read. Each chapter focuses on one part of the relationship between believer and God (examples: “The Discovery,” “The Friendship,” “The Offering”). The author uses a conversational tone combined with biblical discussion and study to look at how we can learn and apply examples within the Bible in our lives. Each chapter then ends with a page-long prayer.
The author shares the foundational premise of the book on page 15:
“Our company is what He longs for. Enlightened worshipers know this. They also know that when they approach Him, He responds; and the pleasure of His company becomes their reward.”
This author’s tone in some parts throws me off just a little bit. He offers valid points in every chapter (like “God is a Father at heart”), but occasionally comes across as criticizing in some of his stories. Some readers may enjoy his tone (which is not meant to harm, but probably more for effect), but others may prefer a different “voice.” This is personal preference, but I still think most readers will gain encouragement from this book. I wouldn’t recommend this book for those unsure about the faith or brand-new believers, but perhaps more for those who are looking for encouragement to refocus on who God is as our Creator and passion-filled God.
“Most of us don’t believe, or we don’t take the time to consciously consider, that we always have the ability to choose the simple devotion demonstrated by Mary. But we do.” – p. 77
How do you re-center and focus on the pleasure of God’s company?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.