New Xulon Book Tells Readers: God Longs to Speak to All One-on-One

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McCullough states that all people were made for relationship with the Creator

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“Let God direct you to what He wants you to read at a certain time. He longs to speak specifically, directly, and personally to you."

God is a communicating God and longs to speak personally, directly, and specifically to His children--no matter how old they are, what season of life they are in, or what they have or haven't done. God knows every person by name and longs to commune with each one. In her book Come to the River ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-61379-141-7), author Joy D. McCullough, Ph.D., encourages readers that, in the midst of all the things going on in our world today—natural disasters, political upheavals, relational abuses, violence, and the longing for something deeper and more meaningful in life—people have a fundamental need to know they are not alone, that evil will not ultimately win out, and that Someone who knows them by name loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them. In short, God longs to walk closely with them through all they are facing.

“This book isn’t meant to be read cover-to-cover in one sitting,” says McCullough, a retired schoolteacher who has transitioned into a writer/speaker. “Let God direct you to what He wants you to read at a certain time. He longs to speak specifically, directly, and personally to you. I want the readers to know that God's Word is relevant to them today and that God wants to speak to them by name. My prayer is that they will develop and deepen their ongoing hunger and thirst to communicate with their heavenly Father in real time.”

The author of three books, McCullough taught school (elementary-graduate level) for 32 years and has been a conference speaker for 30 years. This book sprang out of life experiences--lived “in the Refiner's fire” where, through it all, God spoke words of comfort, peace, joy, direction, understanding, conviction, correction, and hope. She shares that wisdom now with readers.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Come to the River through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and


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