by Dr Rod Thompson and Carolyn Kelshaw
Rod and Carolyn are clear that the Bible matters. They have teamed to skilfully weave the stories of Scripture with the lives of contemporary people to shed the bright light of the Bible on our own lives. Their work is grounded in the Word written and the Word of life, Jesus Christ. “Blessing has to do with suffering and death … and resurrection.” This is the explosive challenge of this book for all Christians; indeed all people. It is an especially devastating notion for people whose world is one where personal comfort and well-being are regarded as a right. Challenging! And also the confronting truth.
Jack Mechielsen - President, Christian Parent Controlled Schools Ltd
This is no “run of the mill” book. It has a depth, honesty and reality rarely expressed before. Carolyn and Rod use a variety of biblical characters and heart-rending stories of suffering, tragedies, pain and agony to shock us into the reality of dependence on God, a trust, faith and reliance on his provision and blessing. I was deeply impacted by this book. It will help anyone experiencing suffering, showing them God’s love – I would recommend that everyone should read it.
Di Willis, Dip OT, QSM - Ministries Director, Christian Ministries with Disabled Trust, New Zealand
This book celebrates faithful Christian living. It is set firmly in the context of the bible-wide exploration of a Saviour who endured the lonely horror of the cross and subsequent resurrection – and so won our freedom – as the crowning glory of his gospel ministry. In the light of this “looking unto Jesus,” Rod and Carolyn tell the real story of successful Christian living and illustrate it through stories of Christians in both ancient and 21st century settings who have done just that in the midst of pain and uncertainty. Read, trust Jesus, and be inspired to hopeful, faithful living in your own daily walk.
Richard J Edlin, EdD, PhD(Hon) - Principal, National Institute for Christian Education, Education Director, Christian Parent Controlled Schools Ltd
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