The InterVarsity Press publication that has perhaps done more to shape the spiritual life of readers than anything else we’ve produced was actually one of our first. Quiet Time is a quiet classic that since 1945 has sold a million copies around the world, introducing readers in simple direct language to the daily discipline of spending time alone with God. There, as we listen in the calm, we hear him not in loud thunderbolts but in a still, soft voice.
Remarkable for its day, Quiet Time is built not on a foundation of oughts and shoulds and musts but on the inviting premise that God, the creator of the universe, wants to spend time with us. There follows straightforward, practical advice on setting aside a half hour or so each day, on finding a quiet place, on expecting God to be with you, on reading Scripture, on praying.
Quiet Time offers a vision not only of what we can do but also of who we can become. “There is a passion for Christ,” say the authors, “which it has been given to very few to possess, but which has set those who have it apart for ever from their fellow men. Is not this the quality which separates between Christian and Christian, which marks out some—the rare ones—as beings apart from the rest of us?”
Come, it enticingly calls us. Don’t settle for the usual, the ordinary. There is so much more to experience and so much more to be than we can imagine. “There is the whisper of God’s love, there is the joy of his presence, and the shining of his face for those who love him for himself alone.” And it could all start, we hear, with something as simple as setting aside time each day to be with the one who whispers.