For every time you’ve tried too hard, fell too far, or struggled too much, the refreshing cups in this book–or reminders of God’s infinite grace and mercy–will renew you like cool, clear water after a long, dry walk on a dusty, pitted, uphill road.
“I’ve been a believing Christian since childhood,” author C. David Baker explains, “but it’s my personal failures that have led me to the deep well of Grace.”
David poured his dashed hopes, broken dreams, haunting doubts, and paralyzing fear down that well and found all that’s collected here, all he, like you, needs for living with peace, joy, and purpose: cool cups of relief, comfort, revival, and sustenance.
Because Water Is Life.
And 101 Cups of Water Will Quench Your Thirst.
A Cup of GraceI can’t live the Christian life.
Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I can’t. I haven’t loved God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and I certainly haven’t loved my neighbors as myself. It’s that simple.
The Big Lie that’s weighed so heavily on me is that I can make my Christian life “work.” It’s a lie that has stood in the way of my enjoying true communion with God, a lie that’s kept me from more fully appreciating the beauty of the creation around me and the community of others.
So, yes, I admit that I can’t make my Christian life work. Praise be to God, who has freed me from the trying. He’s shown me that only Christ can live the Christian life, and he lives that life through me more fully as I get that trying-harder Self out of his way (Galatians 3).
So what do I do? I ask the Holy Spirit to show me my weakness, my sin, my need. I bring it all to the cross. And when the good news of God’s love pours over me, it is then I realize, with my heart filled with gratitude,
that Christ lives through me.
No, I can’t live the Christian life on my own–and he loves me anyway.
Excerpted from 101 Cups of Water by C. D. Baker. Copyright © 2008 by C. D. Baker. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About C.D. Baker
C. D. Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was a finalist for a Christy Award. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
101 Cups of Water
“Refreshingly honest and disarmingly vulnerable.”
–CECIL MURPHEY, best-selling coauthor of 90 Minutes in
Heaven and Heaven Is Real
“C. D. Baker shows us all the surprising times and places we can drink from God’s cup.”
–LUCI SHAW, poet and author of Breath for the Bones, The Crime of Living Cautiously, and Accompanied by
Angels; writer in residence at Regent College
“Every soul can find rest and peace in these perfect little sips.”
–RAY BLACKSTON, author of Flabbergasted
“David Baker invites readers into a perilous journey to the headwaters. You will find your preconceived notions of Christianity challenged, your veneer of pretense sanded down, and the bare wood of your thirsty soul exposed. These brief devotional readings strip away the facade and take us honestly to our longing for Living Water–and the quenching of your thirsty soul. Come–take and drink these surprisingly deep little cups of fresh, clear water for your soul.”
–JANE RUBIETTA, author of Come Closer: A Call to Life, Love, and Breakfast on the Beach