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Life is a journey. For many Christian believers, including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, part of this journey is meant to include spiritual rebirth at some point. “The journey of faith is a journey which has an intended destination. And that destination is one which leads the diligent seeker to a spiritual baptism effected by God, an actual redemption in Christ, resulting in an absolute perfect knowledge of Him,” says the author. Jesus taught in the book of John that this spiritual baptism, or being “born of the Spirit,” is essential to “entering the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
LDS author Steven Anthony Bishop’s new book “Putting Christ” sheds light on the doctrine of Christ that outlines the steps to receiving this spiritual baptism or “baptism by fire” by telling the heartfelt stories of nine different people who have experienced God through this “like” to live. The book, which one reviewer called “soul-stretching and heartbreaking,” is meant to be a guide on the reader’s journey to come to know God with “perfect brilliance and clarity.”
The author testifies that “the same experience obtained by the early apostles on the day of Pentecost, as well as the manifestations obtained during the days of Kirtland, can and should be ours – that God is no respect of persons. Whatever ‘it takes is diligence to seek Him with unflagging desire, will and resolve until we find Him.’
If you’re a fan of uplifting religious and spiritual works, as well as awe-inspiring personal stories of actual redemption, you’ll want to add “Putting Christ” to your bedside reading pile.
Heaven is not too far
The world has long been fascinated by stories of people who have had life-altering near-death experiences. The past decade alone has brought three New York Times bestselling memoirs (one of which became a movie), all based on near-death experiences that showed recipients proof of God and heaven.
For a country that many say is no longer interested in religion, the success of these stories says otherwise.
An article written by Gideon Lichfield in The Atlantic says, “Many NDEs report that their experience did not feel like a dream or hallucination but was, as they often describe it, ‘more real than real life’. They are profoundly changed afterwards, and tend to have difficulty reintegrating into everyday life.
But what if you didn’t have to go through an NDE to have such a profound experience ensuring you know, beyond a doubt, that God is real? The stories told in “Put on Christ” are those of people who have known Jesus Christ with the same certainty as someone who has seen heaven.
Bishop says, “In either scenario, one can never be the same again afterwards. Each will have received ‘a ‘powerful change’ or conversion of heart to God.” Bishop points out that spiritual rebirth is not the same as an NDE, but rather, the same “knowledge of God” gained in a near-death experience is equivalent or similar to that of many who have come to know God through spiritual rebirth.”
A perfect knowledge
One of the nine stories written in “To Put on Christ” is part of Bishop’s own experience referred to in the introduction.
“The Unity experienced was not only with Divinity as we know Them, and They are real,” he wrote, “But a Unity seemingly with all of nature and the physical and spiritual world around me as well. ” It was this experience that ultimately led Bishop to start this book and share her story.
The author hopes that readers will do more than just read the book, but instead use it as a study guide—with relevant doctrine of Christ—to help the reader on their personal journey to know the Lord. Diligent seekers of Truth can obtain this perfect knowledge of Him through a spiritual manifestation wrought with power by the Holy Spirit, says Bishop.
A story told in “Put on Christ” is that of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ, Lorenzo Snow. Another details a man who hit rock bottom in prison as a teenager and cried out to God – and received salvation. in God after having turned to Him in the depths of his agony.
“This work…is not just a book to read, but a book to experience and experience. It is my life’s calling to write,” Bishop says in the introduction.
How to get your copy
If you’re getting to know Christ, or are curious to hear more of the stories above, you can order your own copy from the book’s website or Amazon. You can even subscribe for free on the website to read the full introduction first.
“Putting on Christ” is an Amazon #1 national bestseller in nine categories and is one of the top sellers among books by Latter-day Saint authors on Amazon. All proceeds from the book will go towards remarketing the book as well as helping to feed and shelter the homeless.
In the words of the author, “The path is real and It is coming. Waste no time.” Pick up your copy of Putting Christ Today!