Susie Hobson is encouraging others to seek a more passionate moment-by-moment walk with the Lord
The author of Loving God with All Your Heart was inspired to write her first book by a verse in Matthew—a passage that is called the Greatest Commandment.
Hobson writes on page 3: “Several years ago I found myself being drawn back again and again to the ‘Greatest Commandment,’ Matthew 22:37: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”
The Montgomery resident said reading the verse in 2002, and later again on many other occasions, made her realize that she did not have that kind of relation ship with the Lord, but wanted it. And the Lord wants it with each of us as well, Hobson said. Her desire to spread that message led her to write the book.
California-based Nordskog Publishing has completed a first printing of 10,000 copies. The 120-page book is now available on Amazon.com, or by request at your favorite local book store, Hobson said, adding that the process of authoring her first book began with the verse in Matthew.
“I heard the still, quiet voice of God ask ‘Do you love me like that?'” she said. “No, I didn’t, but I was willing for him to show me how. That started the journey toward loving God with all my heart, which meant I needed to know God a lot better and spend more time with him and in prayer.”
The mother of two said that commitment resulted in the writing of the book with the goal of inspiring others to experience God more deeply. Her research confirmed the longing in others to live closer to their Creator.
“Many people told me they had been in church all their lives, sung in the choir and go to church, but don’t have that real relationship with God,” she said. “It’s all about having that all-day, every-day relationship with God—having that hunger and thirst for him.”
Susie is married to Rich Hobson, who works for Roy Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law. The Hobsons’ daughter, Amelia, designed the colorful cover of the hardback book that sells for $15.95.
The University of Alabama graduate in special education and rehabilitation counseling shared more about her book and walk with God.
Q: What is the thrust of the book?
A: The book offers a great deal of encouragement to make life changes to how you approach a relationship with God. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day, you’ve made that commitment to that relationship. And you will make time to read the Bible and pray daily despite what is going on that day. A plan of salvation is also in the book in case a non-believer picks up the book. My testimony also is in the book. God changed my life completely.
Q: What are the benefits of that kind of relationship with God?
A: The greatest benefit to me is I have found God to be loveable, to be the best companion, and a present help in my life no matter what I may be dealing with that day. I find the relationship to be as real and deep as I’m willing to go with it.
Q: How do you describe God and the Bible in the book?
A: The promises of the Bible are real and true and are working out in life all the time. God is very willing to answer prayer and be active in my life in any way I ask him to be.
Q: How did you get the book published?
A: Someone with the publisher called the foundation wanting Judge Moore to review a book. We sent them my text and they agreed to publish it. They also approved of our daughter Amelia’s cover for the book.
Q: What has the reaction been to the book?
A: It’s been very positive. Several ladies have said they are using it for Bible studies.
Q: When did the book hit the stores?
A: The book was released June 28 in St. Louis. We had a book signing at a huge Christian publishers expo.