I authored this book for my children, my grandchildren, and generations of posterity yet to come. I do not know what the intermediate future holds for my descendants, but I know the ultimate future. Members of my family—perhaps many members—will be on the earth when Jesus Christ returns in His glory.
I would like to think that most of them will be caught up to meet the Savior when He comes, as I hope to among the multitudes who will descend with Him in the clouds. Though I may not be permitted in the mortal body to engage with you who are the mighty generations that follow me, do not think I do not know you and am not keenly aware of your existence. This writing may not be inscribed on gold plates or cached in a pharaoh’s tomb, but I hope it is handed down from one generation to the next until the Messiah returns to rule and reign and to make all things known that can be known.
This book is half scripture commentary, half memoir, and one hundred percent testimony. I want my family—and anyone else who cares to read—to know that I have a testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy (see Revelation 19:10).
Nevertheless, because I am not dead yet, my witnessed has not yet been sealed. I might still have to add a postscript to this volume. But just in case my time in mortality is shorter than I anticipate, at least as of today, you can know that my testimony of Christ is sure and steadfast, anchored on the rock of my Redeemer.
A Walk with the Master: One Person's Journey to Christ by David Alan Armstrong is an honest recounting of the author's journey from a superficial understanding of Christianity to a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Armstrong structures his narrative chronologically following the Gospel of Matthew, focusing on the actions of Jesus as living parables rather than his sermons. He incorporates selected verses from Matthew, offering context and interpretation, followed by personal applications and stories that demonstrate the influence of these teachings in his own life. Ultimately, this book is a testament to Armstrong's transformation and growing faith, aiming to help readers grasp the relevance of Christ's life and teachings in their own spiritual journey.
I feel like we are living in a time when people are turning more intentionally toward faith, and this makes A Walk with the Master by David Alan Armstrong both timely and relatable. Even as a non-Christian, there were several instances where Armstrong's writing, which is strong and convincing, had a hopeful, soothing quality to it. I loved how Armstrong shared that when faced with trials and storms in life, one should have faith in Christ and turn to Him. Just as He calmed the storm at sea, He can provide peace and guidance in our own lives if we have faith in Him. Armstrong's work instills hope in readers by emphasizing Jesus' invitation to come unto Him and find rest and that it is never too late. He tells us that following a talk about the Atonement, he awakened to the possibility of Jesus' profound sacrifice and felt compelled to respond and embark on a personal journey toward Christ. Armstrong comes across as heartfelt, authentic, and well-versed, and the result is a book that is accessible to readers in all 'walks' of life. Recommended.