An investigation of the intricacies of Scripture and the necessity of leading a holy life in a world of sin.
Morris (Tokens for the Christian’s Life, 2013) writes, “As for the child of God, prayer affirms the awareness of their expectations against the natural elements of life’s predicaments, prayer is tooled as the believers compass.” Serving as a compass in its own right, this exploration of walking a Christian path in a hostile world invites the reader to contemplate the Bible and its influence on daily life. With chapters such as “Life, What Is It?” and “The Power of God,” the author weaves his ruminations with biblical passages. These passages, though varied, tend toward the topics of sinfulness and the importance of trusting God and the Bible over other authorities. Incorporating diverse biblical elements—the withering fig tree of Matthew, the advice on Christian living from Ephesians 5:20—Scripture is cited and explained. These earnest explanations, however, can occasionally result in opaque statements. Sentences are often long and clumsy, such as this observation on accepting the existence of God: “Only truth determines the logic which, must be seen in the light of all the evidence that points to the intangible ideas that support the invisible things that evades the minds of all unbelievers.” In his densely constructed book, the author attempts to anticipate questions. What, the reader may wonder, happens to those who choose to indulge in sin? “God takes a straightforward approach to deal accordingly with all the instruments of unfaithfulness with such transparency that all can discern the physical and spiritual retributions,” says Morris. And what effect does sin have on humankind? “Anyone who understands the nature of sin must discern the reality that it is an enemy to the whole human race.” This serious tone of a true believer keeps the book on point even if some areas may prove difficult to digest.
Committed to strict biblical interpretations, the book makes for a genuine, if occasionally obtuse, account of one man’s Christian message.