Maybe you are wondering what qualifies Philip and Linda Charlton to write the content that is in these Bible-based journals. Well, here are a few facts:
Philip and Linda have been married since 1976. Philip had been an executive for 26 years with the same company. Linda had been a homemaker and small business owner. Life was comfortable in the small town we lived in near Madison, Wisconsin.
Eventually we became convinced God wanted us to change careers. Phil earned his Master’s in Biblical Studies then we moved to Cincinnati Ohio to join a non-denominational start up church. Phil served as Chief Operations Officer and occasional teaching pastor. Linda immersed herself in one-on-one mentoring and in leadership of women’s bible studies. We loved every minute of serving in this capacity, leaving in 2011.
Today, Phil has his own consulting company and occasionally fills the pulpit of churches in need. Linda continues to operate her small business. Together we are writing, studying the Word and editing the journals.
Those are the facts. You will notice that none of that qualifies us to write the Living with the Book journals. Although we can’t compare ourselves to the great characters of the Bible we can learn from them. Moses didn’t feel qualified. Peter, James and John were just fishermen. Deborah was a mother. Their successes required only two things: their willingness and God to do the work. Nothing has qualified us to write the Living with the Book journals. We were just willing. We have had a great time doing so and have truly been blessed by the hard work and hours of study. Now, we are anxious to see what God does with them.