Excerpt from Enoch Walked With God
A book on the hidden life can only be written 0. I; of the heart. No theological dogma, no philosophical theory, can set forth that which to be known must be experienced. Hence the task before the writer of such a book is, of all others, the most difiicult. His soul, rather than his reason, must speak, and often its utterances will far transcend that which to reason would seem possible. And yet they must not be the mere fancies or ﬂights of imagir. Itiou, but the things which, to the inner vision of faith, have proved themselves sure and certain in the sternest and often sorest experiences of life. The full assur ance of faith alone can give the confidence of authority to this Divine truth. To declare this truth one must have been taught of God; and many times God's school tries the hearts and reins. The lessons are learned upon the rack of pain, under the shadow of night, or by the open grave. The words unfold not the speculations of a dream, but the tragedy of a soul's inmostlife. The training for such a work is God's hand upon us. But there is another side to the production of such a work - the side not of the writer but of the reader. To him the book may seem fanciful, enthusiastic, extravagant, unless he is carried forward in the full sympathy of a common faith and experience with the writer. Hence the writer must speak not only out of the heart, but in such a way as to reach the heart. His words must be in demonstration of the spirit, otherwise they seem to be but foolish ness to the natural understanding. Such a work as the one before us thus requires, above all other things, the child-like receptive spirit; not a spirit of credulity, but a spirit ready to receive the truth in the love of it.
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