I’m honored today to kick of a blog tour for a new Loyola Press book: Under the Influence of Jesus: The transforming experience of encountering Christ, by Joe Paprocki.
A friend of mine told me a story about the time when she went to hear author Annie Dillard speak at the University of Chicago. During the Q&A time someone in the audience asked Dillard why she became a follower of Jesus. Her response was: “We met.” Then she moved on to the next question.
It was a simple answer, but it spoke volumes to the power of a true encounter with Christ.
How do you explain such an encounter? It’s deeply personal, deeply spiritual, and difficult to put into words. And some fear that proclaiming the message of Christ will turn us into real-life Ned Flanders – the bible-thumping neighbor of Homer Simpson, writes Joe Paprocki.