Ever spaced out during the daily commute, or while queuing at the bank, and delved into profound ruminations and deep thoughts on life, the universe, and everything? Found precious instances of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of ordinary life? It is important to have these moments, to recollect and revitalize one’s self in ways beyond the physical. Man, after all, cannot live by bread alone. So spiritual sustenance is what Michael Akers offers with his collection of “Daily Reflections and Meditations.”
It is what it says on the cover, a compilation of the author’s ruminations to provide readers with encouragement and greater spiritual depth. A professor and pastor, Akers draws from this depth of experience—scholarly, theologically, as well as from real-life know-how and the authentic connections with classes and congregations he’s forged—to distill an invigorating infusion of knowledge, wisdom, and reassurance. In uncertain times, this may be just what the doctor ordered.
At the same time, Akers isn’t lecturing to a seminary class or preaching to a choir, he’s engaging with a sincere dialogue aimed at a broad audience. He uses practical language here (just as he does at other times) and addresses universal anxieties, stresses, and issues facing people across all walks of life. And Akers is quite qualified to offer this counsel, as he’s “been around,” as the saying goes. He’s spent time ministering in prison and has written on the spiritual effects of morning and evening meditations. He’s seen how hard things can get, yet knows that soothing and gentle words are needed.
Of course, it takes two to tango. Akers’ words can impart wisdom to readers, but the nuggets he offers can only help point people in the right direction. The rest is for them to discover, perhaps the awakening they seek lies somewhere out there, or the profound revelation has always been within them. Reflections and meditations are, by definition, inward gazes, examinations of the self while at the same time losing one’s self - looking at a mirror, but from a perspective that’s not one’s own.
So he guides his readers in undertaking this process, which they will have to achieve themselves. Ultimately, what they will find will be entirely theirs. It’s akin to the parable about the difference between giving someone a fish and teaching him or her how to fish. Akers is a teacher at heart, after all. And the best way to show is to do it as Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “To stimulate and encourage one another.”
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Michael J Akers, Ph.D., spent 40 years as a scientist and executive in the pharmaceutical industry and taught courses throughout the world on the development, manufacturing, and quality of sterile dosage forms. He also taught adult Bible classes for nearly 40 years and earned an ordination degree taking courses from the Evangelical Church Alliance. Michael developed severe hearing loss toward the end of his career and had to stop teaching. However, he began to start writing and also became a volunteer chaplain at a hospital near his home in Phoenix, AZ. Michael and his wife, Mary, are members of Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Phoenix. He has now written and published four Christian books, a fifth one just completed on Psalms and Proverbs, and now writing his sixth book. The books are written in a very practical language, yet expository in depth of coverage.
Check Michael's other works; A Layman's Practical Expository of the Epistles of James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, and Jude, Sterile Drug Products: Formulation, Packaging, Manufacturing and Quality (Drugs and the Pharmaceutical Sciences), Parenteral Quality Control: Sterility, Pyrogen, Particulate, and Package Integrity Testing (Advances in Parenteral Sciences 1)