LIGHT WHEN IT COMES:Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness & Seeing God in Everything. By Chris Anderson. Foreword by Brian Doyle. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016. Xv + 165 pages.
The spiritual life can be challenging, especially when we’re called upon to examine our lives. To take this journey will require us to examine our relationship with God and with the world around us. Fortunately, down through the ages there have been people who have been willing and able to pave the way. We often tend to call them saints; at least the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox churches do this. Protestants sometimes adopt earlier saints as their own, but for the most part Protestants (and I’m a Protestant) lack the mechanism to truly recognize spiritual pathfinders. For Roman Catholics, one of those pathfinders is Ignatius of Loyola, the sixteenth-century founder of the Jesuits. Ignatius had been a soldier, and he understood the importance of self-discipline and self-examination. He brought that insight to the life of faith. One who has taken hold of this insight is Chris Anderson, author of Light When It Comes.