A Walk with the Master

One Person's Journey to Christ

Christian - Devotion/Study
508 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2023
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, David Alan Armstrong received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern California. The author spent many years in the cold-war aerospace industry of Southern California as a computer programmer, analyst and project manager before moving his family to Utah and working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Information and Communications Solutions Department. Now retired, David and his wife Evelyn own plots in the Kaysville City cemetery, so Kaysville is home. The couple raised three children and now enjoy five grandchildren.

This book is half scripture commentary, half memoir, and one hundred percent testimony. I want my family—and anyone else who cares to read—to know that I have a testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit of prophecy (see Revelation 19:10).

This writing may not be inscribed on gold plates or cached in a pharoah’s tomb, but I hope it is handed down from one generation to the next until the Messiah returns to rule and reign and to make all things known that can be known.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

A Walk with the Master: One Person's Journey to Christ by David Alan Armstrong is an honest recounting of the author's journey from a superficial understanding of Christianity to a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Armstrong structures his narrative chronologically following the Gospel of Matthew, focusing on the actions of Jesus as living parables rather than his sermons. He incorporates selected verses from Matthew, offering context and interpretation, followed by personal applications and stories that demonstrate the influence of these teachings in his own life. Ultimately, this book is a testament to Armstrong's transformation and growing faith, aiming to help readers grasp the relevance of Christ's life and teachings in their own spiritual journey.

I feel like we are living in a time when people are turning more intentionally toward faith, and this makes A Walk with the Master by David Alan Armstrong both timely and relatable. Even as a non-Christian, there were several instances where Armstrong's writing, which is strong and convincing, had a hopeful, soothing quality to it. I loved how Armstrong shared that when faced with trials and storms in life, one should have faith in Christ and turn to Him. Just as He calmed the storm at sea, He can provide peace and guidance in our own lives if we have faith in Him. Armstrong's work instills hope in readers by emphasizing Jesus' invitation to come unto Him and find rest and that it is never too late. He tells us that following a talk about the Atonement, he awakened to the possibility of Jesus' profound sacrifice and felt compelled to respond and embark on a personal journey toward Christ. Armstrong comes across as heartfelt, authentic, and well-versed, and the result is a book that is accessible to readers in all 'walks' of life. Recommended.