By JUDY A. TOTTS
MEDINA â€” In her new book, â€œBeyond the Threshold,â€ author Laura Adams shares a year she spent with God. The introduction describes her selection of the title, although it may sound â€œethereal or philosophical,â€ as â€œthe most practical explanation of the revelation God has given me as I have journeyed through this particular year with Him. A threshold by definition is any point of entrance or beginning. As in a physical doorway, one must purpose himself to walk beyond it if he is to enter through.â€
It was a year of learning to trust God more deeply, love him more deeply. Journaling comes as naturally as breathing to her, and her words captured â€œhow my heart received from Scripture â€” and their hearts can receive as well,â€ she said.
The journal wasnâ€™t started as a book for public consumption in the first place, Adams explained. About to embark on the spiritual journey of the new year, she started looking for a devotional with substance. But nothing seemed to be what she was looking for.
â€œI needed something fresh, and I looked online, but it seemed all of the books were things (that came across) like â€˜coffee breaks with God,â€™ â€ she said. â€œThey all seemed pretty airy.â€
In prayer, she asked God to show her what she needed in Scripture, and so began a self-examination and soul searching she explored through journaling.
She wrote this journal in 2004 and over the next three years decided to develop it, honing it into a daily devotional. Adams described â€œBeyond the Thresholdâ€ as a global body of work, with its content Scripturally accurate, biblically based and geared so any denomination can use it as a catalyst for study.
Although she chooses quiet time to read Scripture, journal and pray, one room canâ€™t contain her works in progress.
â€œI keep notepads everywhere,â€ she said. â€œI even have a shower crayon. Iâ€™ve written stanzas of poetry on the shower wall.â€
Adams is no stranger to writing. Sheâ€™s published â€œLifelines and Legacies,â€ a collection of poetry, and is a frequent contributor to Foursquare Churchâ€™s national Web site, www.Foursquare.org.
She said she doesnâ€™t â€œprofess to have all the answers, but speaks and writes with a gentle authority and understandingâ€ for what people go through. Scripture is drawn from both Old and New Testaments. Each page introduces a new selection for the day, followed by Adamsâ€™ thoughts and space for readers to pen their own observations, then wraps up with a short prayer. It takes readers through tough spots and into the transformative love of Christ and Godâ€™s glory. There are pages that pick you up and carry you, and others that allow you to soar on wings of praise.
â€œWe need to be the people we say weâ€™re going to be as Christians, we need to try to be real,â€ she said. â€œI hope this helps people pursue honest relationships with God, for those who want that accountability â€” to make a relationship with God their No. 1 priority and develop an abiding relationship with Christ.â€
Totts may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.