There are books that engage the reader in fast-paced adventure or melancholy drama while others offer visitations to historical backdrops but "It's All about Him," by Dr. Lois Brittell, allows its reading audience moments of reflective solitude and places of pause while journeying a road less travelled.
The format of Dr. Brittell's book serves as a guiding source that will lead the reader along life's spiritual path. "The first six chapters of this book focus on what God has done in creating man in relationship with Himself. He has created us and now sustains the whole of creation," explains the author. She continues by saying "The second half of the book focuses on what may happen if we don't obey God's commands."
Seeds of choices humanity would take were planted in the original garden after its first occupants ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. "It was the tree of moral awareness. God knew that awareness would never be enough to keep people from committing evil," says Dr. Brittell. She continues to assert that we were designed to worship and that He is the only One who is worthy of that expression of thanksgiving and praise. To fully embrace all that worship has to offer the spiritual pilgrim, one must engage every aspect of their soulful fiber: love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul. So eloquently put, "Love God with your thought life, "declares the author.
Several guideposts in this book caused pause for me: "You are to practice forgiveness and not keep track of the wounds others have inflicted upon you. Peter asks Jesus the very relevant question of how many times we must forgive someone who has sinned against us (Matthew 18:21-22). ...Jesus says that we must forgive not seven times, but seven times seventy times. Four hundred and ninety times is a lot of forgiving. That is the Lord's standard."
Another stop along the road focused on trust: "Trust is not an emotion. It is a choice based on facts (truth) and history. God is totally trustworthy. God intended us to be trustworthy so that He can use us, not so that we can use each other." Another reflective moment revealed that "Emotional reactions all start within me, based on my thoughts. I can have control over my thoughts. I am commanded to take my thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5); doing so will ultimately control my feelings."
May the reader feel inspired by the gentle prompting along the way as the tangibles of today's society such as anxiety, fear, anger, just to name a few, are thoughtfully explored; note that along the road less traveled there is ample time to put down the backpack, curl up into a comfortable spot and seek wisdom and answers in this narrative of spiritual refreshment.
Laure McCourt Lopez
Dr. Lois Brittell is a clinical psychologist who specialized in the treatment of anxiety, depression and marital problems and found that most issues were influenced by a person's relationship with God. She sought biblical answers in addition to clinical answers. Dr. Brittell recently retired and continues to enjoy consulting, teaching and writing. She lives near Fresno, Calif. For more information, visit www.itsallabouthimrestoration.com.
"It's All about Him: Intimacy with God"
By Dr. Lois Brittell
Published January 23, 2014