- Book: Walking with Jesus
- Author: Troy A. Waugh
- Genre: Non-Fiction
- Release Date: Feb, 2020
When God spoke to Troy Waugh saying, “I want you to walk the Natchez Trace,” he obeyed.
Never mind that he wasn’t young anymore—he would be seventy at the completion of the 444 mile walk. Never mind that the thirty-five-day walk would be far above his physical capabilities and experience. Never mind that this was Mississippi—in the summer.
Taking the challenge, Waugh uses the time to slow down and reflect on his life—his upbringing, his relationships, his struggles with workaholism—and to raise awareness for a homeless ministry. More than a travelogue, this is a journey into the soul of a man learning to walk with the Lord daily. His reflections will inspire others to reach for and accomplish their own difficult goals.
I believe my walk on the Natchez Trace was God’s method of shaking me loose from the regrets of my past and firming up my spiritual belief system so I could walk into the future closer to Jesus.
I enjoyed reading Troy A. Waugh’s journal entries. Personally meditating and journaling about the spiritual life lesson from each day would be useful! I found some new inspiration for my own salvation.
Some of the profound topics he suggests we reflect on include:
- *What it means to be a Christian
- *Work life balance
- *The nature of self love and divine love
- *How the Holy Spirit communicates with us
- *Consciously creating habits for a fulfilling spiritual life
- *Seeking God’s will in daily living and being open to change
- *Self introspection to identify sins that divide us from God
This quote is the essence of the memoir. We seek to commune with God as we feel our hunger for a divine connection with our loving Father, the one who created us and loved us from the very start. This connection heals our souls as we trust Him and open our own lives to His influence.
“I have come to believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for us to experience in our daily lives. God did not stop speaking when the Holy Bible was written.”
Very true! I know when I pray that God listens. He answers and guides me daily as a wife, mom, and individual. It’s a process that took me time to trust and gain understanding through scripture reading. I’m still learning.
An unexpected find was Troy’s heartfelt poetry. One in particular, he wrote about the abuse he suffered as a child. If you experienced abuse, get this book. It may help you answer questions and support you in healing too.
As I have allowed Jesus to touch my soul and heal my emotional wounds, I find I am becoming more at peace and happier. Like Troy, I also believe intentionally creating a relationship with Jesus Christ is the foundation for a successful life. I wholeheartedly recommend this book! Reading Troy’s experiences shows us how to hold space to recognize God’s hand in all areas of life and reaffirms our personal communication with divinity.
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
Troy Waugh is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Southern California. A mentor with Mission Development International, he helps leaders of Christian nonprofits achieve God’s vision in their lives and their organizations. The retired founder, former president, and CEO of The Rainmaker Academy, a training program for CPAs, is also the author of several books, and he lives with his wife, Sheryl, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.
More from Troy
Please join me on a spiritual journey along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. This book relates a journey of spiritual renewal and rediscovery. While it does describe what I encountered on this historic parkway, this is not a hiking or nature book. It is about my walk with Jesus and how He has loved me even during the times I may have strayed from Him.
In 2014 I experienced a deepening of my relationship with Jesus like no other. This book is about that cleansing and invigorating experience. My prayer is that you, too, will feel God’s love for you and you will recommit yourself to loving Jesus.
These thirty-one chapters are based upon notes from the daily journal I kept throughout the hike. Each of the days is unique, and each day God revealed Himself to me in a different way.
I trust your spirit will be renewed as I share some of my experiences of angels’ visits, hearing the audible voice of God, the move of the Holy Spirit, a shocking suicide, the miracle of a change in the climate, and the renewed life that comes from turning your life over to God.
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To celebrate his tour, Troy is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of Walking with Jesus!!
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