Simplicity. I feel simple. I'm often told that I'm difficult…or complicated…or deep. I'm accustomed to it. Still, I prefer that none of these words be used to describe me.
My choice of this word today is tied to the book I began to read this morning. I read it (years ago) and picked it up yesterday morning telling myself that I would read it. I told myself that it would be "a nice read" and, that it would be "edifying" to me. Hruumph!
The Preface! The PREFACE!…nailed me.
Madam Jeanne Marie Bouvier De La Motte Guyon said of her "little book" Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ that it is written "to those dear, simple followers of Jesus Christ who are not qualified for intensive research but who, nonetheless, desire to be wholly given to God."
She further says that the message is simple…"that perfection can be easily attained:…
Crucify me, Jesus! I wrestle at the thought of it!
As an aside I'll tell you that she implies that the book is written for the unlearned, but I struggle to understand.
As another aside, the book was formerly entitled:
Short and Very Easy Method of Prayer; which all can practice with the greatest facility, and arrive in a short time, by its means, at a high degree of perfection.