Jerry Jenkins was the co-writer of the mega series 'Left Behind'. In his latest book he writes a paralel account switching between Saul (his Hebrew name) who is in prison in Rome awaiting execution and a modern day Biblical scholar who is researching the parchements of Paul. As the pace builds you can begin to see how the stories begin to merge in particular ways. The description of Paul's imprisonment really brings reality to the page and a fresh sense of wonder of how Paul coped with it all. I am really enjoying reading the book, so much so that when I first started reading it on the bus home I missed my stop because I was engrossed.
We have been sorting through the stock and reducing a number of items for the sale. There are lots of items that have been heavily reduced down to £1.99. We also have a number of Craft and activity books reduced to £4.99. Christmas card packets are also a third off and we have reduced some calendars to clear.
I would really recommend Malcolm Duncan's Risk Takers. Malcolm warns of two dangers: One is that we get easily swallowed by the culture of the church such that we tend to be more defined by what we don't do than by what we do.The Second is that we can get swallowed by society and driven by its standards and morals. We walk both in society and in church so the challenge is to not dwell in the past but to take a step of faith forward - to be risk takers for the gospel. So Malcolm uses Paul's friend Epaphroditus to show how he was someone who risked all for God. His life showed courage, faith, determination, hope, boldness, expectaion and risk.
I've only recently got around to reading this book by Jeff Lucas. It's a very interesting book with a different style of writing. Jeff tackles the difficult character of Samson - womaniser, hothead, vengeful, cruel - and yet used by God to bring about His wider judgement. The writing style uses blocks of short sentances and paragraphs that build upon each other to bring out the point. Jeff shows that our 'superhuman' body builder image of Samson is not one reflected in the text. Samson was strong because he was empowered by the Holy Spirit and not because of his own muscles. As such, there is hope for us because if we are truly dedicated to God (in Samson's case it was because of his mothers Nazarite Vow) then we are nothing and God is everything. He can take our feebleness and weakness and empower us with His Holy Spirit - the same power that brought the whole universe into being..