90 Daily Devotions for Lawyers & Judges: And Those They Serve

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Although this collection of devotionals focuses principally on the legal profession, much of it will appeal to those whom lawyers and judges serve—that is, clients and litigants.  Also, the term “judges” is broad enough to include those called to jury service.  Our system of justice uses jurors—lay people in the main—to determine wherein the truth lies in a given law case, a decision that must be based upon the lawful evidence offered by the respective parties.  In short, jurors are “judges of the facts” just as the judicial officer is the “judge of the law.” Lawyers and judges are people too, of course.  They are fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and friends and neighbors.  They also constitute an important part of the Christian community.  They give of their time and money, often serving our churches as officers, Sunday school teachers, and advisors. These devotionals, some ninety in number, may be read on a daily basis or read more frequently.  They are written to enlighten, to teach, to entertain, to comfort, to advise, and to counsel.  Whether you are, among other things, a lawyer (Luke 11:46), a judge (Psalm 82), a senior citizen (John 21:18), a fisherman (John 21:11 ), a person in need (Matthew 15:26), an enabler (Acts 8:1 ), an apparent failure (Ecclesiastes 6:12), a mourner (I Corinthians 15:55) or even a sinner (Romans 10:9) (and lawyers and judges are all these things at one time or another), this devotional may be of some interest to you, if not some assistance or comfort. By the way, did you know Jesus, like us, was a taxpayer?  Look at the devotional on page 34, which was inspired by Matthew 17:24-27, to see how he came up with the money to pay his tax.  You will be surprised.

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"Wise, enlightening, poignant, funny, and appealing.  Bert Goolsby has crafted a masterful, beautifully balanced blend of devotionals exploring the scales of justice--man's and God's.  Every page contains something meaningful and memorable; I almost ran out of highlighter."  -- Susan F. Craft, author of The Chamomile and winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance coveted Okra Pick. "I find it most interesting that one who has spent his life in the legal profession has chosen to offer a book of devotional thoughts based on the teachings of the Great Lawgiver."  -- Elaine Herrin Onley, author of When We Say Never and Crying on Sunday. "In a world where moral ambiguity reigns and character is always under attack, it is nice to know that there are resources where a Christian can go to be 'grounded' in their faith through daily bible study and meditation." -- Rev. George T. Head, Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. "I didn't know that I was hungry for a daily devotion until I read 90 Daily Devotions for Lawyers & Judges and Those They Serve." -- Ruth W. Cupp, attorney and author of Portia Steps Up to the Bar, The First Women Lawyers of South Carolina and Attorneys from Charles Town to Charleston. "Now I have a daily devotional which is at once practical and spiritual, illustrating that a life of faith can strand in harmony with a lifetime in the law.  Bert Goolsby has blessed his colleagues with these literary mementos of his Christian faith."  -- Wilmot B. Irvin, attorney and author of Merriman's Second Chance. "Bert Goolsby is a man who has spent his life in service to the law and is a great lover of the Gospel as well.  It is a winsome and powerful combination!" -- Dr. Todd B. Jones, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee. "Bert writes with clarity about the turmoil in life.  But he also expresses with confidence the small, still inner voice of assurance that faith can provide to anchor a life where challenges must be met and faced." -- Paula Gail Benson, Staff Counsel to the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee and co-author with Deborah D. Hottel of A Guide to South Carolina Legal Research and Citation

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Bert Goolsby, a Citadel graduate with a law degree from the University of South Carolina and an advanced law degree from the University of Virginia, is a former Chief Deputy Attorney General of South Carolina. He recently retired as a Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals and lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Prue. He attends Westminster Presbyterian Church where he has served as a deacon and an elder and has taught Sunday School.

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