In this book, which is one man’s journal, written in a style somewhere between prose and poetry, Bruce Ray Smith journeys into his own heart in search of what makes a person, against all odds, proud. Drawing on Scripture and writers as diverse as Shakespeare, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Smith seeks to find what makes us proud, what can make us humble, and finally, what can make us whole.
As Christians, we sometimes pray for patience, humility, or for God to increase our faith. But we usually don’t say it too loudly for fear that God might actually hear us. We even joke sometimes that, “I’ve learned not to pray for patience,” because something always happens to test us and make us stretch patience (and ourselves) to the breaking point.
Bruce Ray Smith prayed for God to humble him, and he apparently did speak so that God could hear him. Smith lost his job and with it, part of his identity. Winter Light: A Christian’s Search for Humility is Smith’s journal through the first few months of trying to see God’s plan for him. This isn’t a book with a “happy ending”. A major transformation like this is a life-long endeavor. But we get a glimpse of the author being broken, to turn to God to be built back up. Occasionally, we see him fall again.
I admire the author for having the courage to ask for humility in the first place and then sharing his inner thoughts with the world.
About the book
Title: Winter Light: A Christian’s Search for Humility
Author: Bruce Ray Smith
Publisher: Kalos Press
Release date: June 15, 2011
Where I got the book: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.