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90 Daily Devotions for Lawyers & Judges
And Those They Serve
Bert Goolsby, a former chief deputy attorney general and a retired appellate judge, includes a collection of ninety devotions aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at lawyers and judges.
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 (1 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 62, 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.
If you are a lawyer or a judge or the spouse or parent of one—or even a person called to jury duty—one or more of these devotions may encourage you to face up to your problems, take a different approach concerning people or matters, renew your faith in God, or take hold of hope. Some may even entertain.
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.
90 Daily Devotions for Lawyers and Judges And Those They Serve
“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, an inspirational Revolutionary War, romantic, suspense novel 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. The fascination for me in reading these collected meditations was the discovery that the legal mind of Bert Goolsby opened new avenues of thought and interpretation on some of the scripture passages that I, as a former international missionary and student of scripture, had never considered or understood. While this devotional book is specifically designed for “lawyers and judges,” I discover it also an inspiring read for any Christian seeking challenging thoughts in times of meditation.”
—-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. . . . written from the unique perspective of a man of faith and a man of law, provide us with such a resource. Written with compelling and engaging language, these devotionals touch the heart as well as bring the reader to a closer understanding of their faith. They are the result of a one man’s thoughts along the way of a life-time journey with Jesus Christ and are not to be missed by anyone seeking a deeper experience of faith.” —-Rev. George T. Head, Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina.
“I didn’t know that I was hungry for a daily devotion until I read 90 Devotions for Lawyers & Judges and those They Serve.”
—-Ruth W. Cupp, author of Portia Steps Up To The Bar: The First Women Lawyers of South Carolina, and Attorneys from Charles Town to Charleston.