I've known Phillip Morrison for four decades. Each encounter I have had with him has left me impressed with his kindness and wisdom. To know that he has collected his thoughts in a book is welcome news. May God bless this work and all who read it.- Max Lucado, Teaching Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio; Missionary and Christian author.
Phillip Morrison is a wonderful storyteller. I regard him as a wise friend of empathy, compassion, and integrity. Phillip has faced more than his share of life's struggles with faith and dignity. These qualities come through in each of his regular "Encouraging Words" emails which have attracted me and many other readers across the years.Now, "Encouraging Words" has become "the book" ... a collection of "Phillip's top hits." Enjoy reading and finding encouraging words in every chapter.- Lynn Anderson, retired minister, church consultant, and Christian author.
Reading Phillip Morrison's writing is like a bear hug from dear ol' Dad. He embraces you with truths that won't let go. Thank you, Phillip, for gifting us with a lifetime of wisdom we can hold in our hands and refer to over and over again. This book is gift-worthy for anyone.- Laura Savage-Rains, EdD, Founder of WomensMinistryCoach.com Author of the multi-award winning book, "God Chose a Woman First."
I was born at the end of the Great Depression, eight years before the United States became involved in World War II. In our small town, caught between the pain of depression and the horrors of war, almost everybody went to church. Much of the preaching I heard as a small boy was judgmental, harsh, and unforgiving. People were as likely to be scared out of hell as loved into heaven. Although tempted to adopt the pulpit style of older preachers, I soon learned that people were hungry for a more hopeful message. The ministry of Jesus was characterized by the magnetic drawing power of the cross, and his encouragement to "Go, and sin no more" was a welcome message of forgiveness. When my pulpit ministry was curtailed by age and illness, I began the email ministry of encouragement. This book is a compilation of some of those messages. I hope and pray that you will find, in every chapter and every sentence, truly encouraging words.