Book By Victor James


Why is a boxing ring square? Why is quicksand slow? I get a kick out of humorous paradoxes. I also enjoy more serious philosophical musings. My favorite book in the Bible is Ecclesiastes; it is paradoxical in a serious sense, and, to me, it offers the added bonus of occasionally bordering on humorous. “All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full” (Ecclesiastes 1:7). Ha! When I first read that, I thought to myself, “This should be on Letterman!” Much of the book is concerned with seeking wisdom, which turns out to be unattainable … and consequently, it is unwise to seek wisdom !?!? What is up with that !?!? Ecclesiastes 'clicks' with me because the author's solutions to unanswerable paradoxes always involve faith in God. I love this succinct bit of advice from the first verse of chapter five: “God is in heaven and you are on earth, therefore let your words be few”. What is the meaning of life? God is in heaven and you are on earth. End of story. Let your words be few… there really isn't much else to be said.

I am a big fan of succinctness. Over the years, as I struggled with spiritual growth, I read numerous self-help books, ranging in theology from Christian to secular and new age. None of them worked for me. They succeeded in stimulating my mind by expounding on wonderful ideas, but they failed miserably in succinctly summarizing their ideas. Ultimately, I found that I needed to do two things in order to grow spiritually. First, I needed to take all of the good stuff that I have been exposed to in my life and condense it into a few 'nuggets'. Next, I needed to concentrate on incorporating my nuggets into my daily life. These two simple things literally changed my life.

I became so thoroughly jazzed by my spiritual growth that I decided to write my own book. All of the self-help books that did not help me were wordy and dry. Generally, they were not fun to read. Moreover, none of them stressed the importance of actively concentrating on their various precepts every single day. My book is deliberately short and to the point, and I tried to lighten it up a little without wandering into blither-dom. The first three chapters discuss spiritual growth via frequent daily prayer. The fourth chapter discusses spiritual growth via spiritual work. The central theme of my book is that to achieve spiritual growth, it is imperative to concentrate on prayer and spiritual work throughout the course of every single day. Ergo, I have titled my book: this day and every day.

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11). I interpret this passage to mean that much study of many books does not necessarily result in gaining wisdom… not 2,500 years ago when Ecclesiastes was written and certainly not in the present time. Indeed, much study of many books often results in confusion. To me, Ecclesiastes seems to advocate the K.I.S.S. philosophy: Keep It Simple, Stupid! To achieve spiritual growth, I must concentrate on the most basic and truest of truths… this day and every day.

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