A Christian's Search for Humility
by Bruce Ray Smith
About the Author
Bruce Ray Smith was born in Dunedin, Florida, in 1952, and currently lives in St. Louis, MO. He holds a Ph.D in English literature, from Washington University in St. Louis. For more about Bruce, click here.
In the honest pages of Winter Light, I found the prideful secrets of my own heart revealed. As I read I breathed a quiet, “me too.” Bruce Ray Smith’s particular quest for humility gives voice to our common longing for transformation. We want to be changed, but the heart is deceitful above all things. We want to know God in our very bones, but there is a cost.With poetic and personal style, Smith offers a deeply insightful reflection on pride and humility that flows from the narrative of his life and prayers. Winter Light is that rare kind of book, where literary writing meets lived, biblical theology. It's a treasure!
Author, Co-Director of Art House America
I commend Bruce Ray Smith’s book Winter Light. Once I had begun to read I could not stop—both because of the raw power of the content and because of the brevity and starkness of the style which match the subject so well. I was deeply moved by its sometimes painful honesty and by the moments of profound joy that light up these pages.
Bruce is acutely insightful in his analysis of our arrogant and self-centered manner of living and of our need to recognize our spiritual poverty and to discover our dependence on the support and love of others. This slim volume deserves to be widely and often read. I know that I will return to it again and again and use it as an aid for my own self-reflection and prayers. The endless patience and grace of God shines a bright light across this bleak landscape of the heart.
Professor of Christianity and Contemporary Culture
Resident Scholar at the Francis Schaeffer Institute
Covenant Theological Seminary
St. Louis, Missouri
When Martin Luther penned the first of The Ninety-five Theses, “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ said, 'repent,' he meant that the entire life of believers should be one of repentance,” he gave a gift to us all, for he cast a glorious light upon the blessed path to close communion with our Triune God. Winter Light modeled that life of repentance with a ruthless beauty and searching vulnerability that I find rare in Christian authors. Because Bruce Ray Smith found God’s searching grace a holy gift (Acts 5:31), I was encouraged as a reader to do the same. He helped me to kiss the blade of God’s convicting grace and pull it in. I have been significantly helped in my repentance and faith by this work. I am a thankful debtor to the author, a brother I have not met, but who has helped me “find the old paths, and walk in them.”
Senior Teaching Pastor
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
Lookout Mountain, GA
Brother Lawrence himself could well have written this story; and those of us who find strength, hope, and instruction in Brother Lawrence's words will find those same things here in the confessional words of Bruce Ray Smith.
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