Friday, April 26, 2019

Interview with Best-Selling Author & Pastor Robert Morgan


Always Near
Thomas Nelson

What inspired you to write this book?
For many years, I’ve been intrigued with the aspect of God’s all-pervasive presence. As a child, I read a little booklet that told us to pray as though Jesus were sitting in our bedroom with us (because He is), and from that moment I’ve sought to learn all I could from the Bible about the presence of God. He is omni-present, which means He fills the universe and there is nowhere He is not. But His presence is also personal. That intrigues me so much—both pervasive and personal. So I’ve studied all the passages in the Bible that speak of God’s Presence, His being near us, His being with us, and so forth. The more I’ve studied, the more I’ve marveled. And the practice of God’s presence has been transformational.

Who should read it — and why?
I’d like to suggest this book for family devotions and for parents to read to their children, because it’s written in short segments with lots of Scriptures and stories. At the same time, it’s designed as a gift book to give to others with high-quality paper, a rich cover, and a handy ribbon. It’s a great gift to someone needing an uplift. We’ve also created a free set of instructional videos and study guides, so this book is perfect for small group studies. 

How is it better or different from others in its genre?
In all my writing, I’ve worked hard to combine solid biblical teaching and exposition with vivid stories and practical suggestions. This is no exception. There are ten essential ways to experience God’s nearness, but each of the ten is divided into readable segments. I believe you’ll find it an enriching devotional supplement and biblical resource.

What challenges did you overcome to write your book?
This book was a joy to write. Whatever challenges I had came from my circumstances—taking care of my disabled wife and juggling my travel schedule and writing deadlines. In terms of the contents of this book, it rolled out of years of personal study of Scripture and my own experiences. On the advice of a friend, I included some personal stories in this book—the words of an old deacon that broke my heart; the time Katrina and I were stranded in a Paris basement; the Sunday when I almost died from a plunging church bell; and my own personal testimony. I’ve cherished the opportunity of writing each chapter.

What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left after consuming your book?
God’s presence is more vivid, more accessible, more powerful more all-encompassing than we realize. He wants to be near you, with you, in you, and Jesus Christ died and rose again to make that possible.

What advice do you have for struggling writers?
Well, we’re all struggling writers. This is a challenging time in publishing, but we’ve never had more opportunities in terms of social media and electronic communication. Write, re-write, and re-write some more, and then create forums on social media where, in short segments, you can share Christ and encourage others.

Where do you see the book publishing industry heading?
I’m heartbroken by the loss of the bookstores across our landscape. We should all frequent the bookstores that remain and do business with them. They need our help, and we need them. There’s nothing as wonderful as a pleasant hour in a good bookstore. We can’t change the direction of the economy or our culture, but we can work hard to read quality material and write quality material. If we produce words worth reading, the Lord will use them to change hearts. I often remind myself that He can use one copy of my worst-selling book better than all the copies of my best-selling book. So galvanize yourself against discouragement and write for all you’re worth.

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