Christian fiction writer and bestselling author of Wisdom Hunter, Randall Arthur, has just released his new novel Forgotten Road.Forgotten Road, along with a trailer, can be previewed and ordered at www.RandallArthur.com. The early reviews are impressive.“This is the best Christian Fiction I have ever read! Forgotten Road is a 600 page action packed thriller.” - Neil Brown, Pastoral Care First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA“This book touches my heart and spirit like nothing I have read in a very long time. I am not usually so personally affected by a fiction narrative. I will be looking for your other books.” - Jo, ChristianFictionShop.com"I am generally not a fiction reader, but once I started it, it was difficult to put down. Breathtaking. Chilling. Pulled all my emotional strings: disbelief, anger, and empathy." - Nancy Kelly, Educator"Forgotten Road truly inspired me. It's a humdinger of a story. Any publishing house would be thrilled to publish this novel." - Tim Luke, Award-winning sports writer for the Atlanta Braves"Few books on faith can keep a man's interest as well as a woman's, and you have managed to cross that barrier. The book is a tearjerker of major proportions. It should become the 'Gone With The Wind' of religious tomes." - P.J. Renfroe, Heritage Writers Group“I am behind on laundry and I'm cleaning one-handed because I can't put it down." - L.M."Nail biting. Moving!"- David Lambert, Editor of more than 50 bestsellers
You thanked me and now I thank you. First: because I have never met anybody interested in these things before Including the people in my church. It's a pleasure to talk to someone who lives in my ballpark.Second: because your writing style is filled with kindness and gentleness and joy. You pronounce peace and blessing and I take it to heart.Third: A note or two back you said you were meditating on the phrase, "Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end." I have been haunted by that phrase ever since you said it. In the context of the insights of N.T. Wright that is a mind blowing idea. I may use that as a discussion starter in my church. Perhaps next Christmas.
1. I can't think of a better entry point than Vernard Eller's "Christian Anarchy". He's much easier to read than Ellul. And the whole point of the book is to introduce his audience to the thinking of Jacques Ellul. 2. Try googling things like "Greg Boyd Vernard Eller" or "Greg Boyd Jacques Ellul" and you will find some interesting things. I admire Boyd but I haven't read a lot of his stuff yet. As recently as "The Myth of a Christian Nation" it seemed to me he was not aware of those two voices. But things have changed. He likes them a lot, but he has his problems.3. Jacques Ellul. Oh my! He's tough sledding. His trenchant criitique of modern society (with no theological input) might be best approached by reading "The Technological Bluff". But ignore the lengthly introduction where he microscopically does battle with his intellectual foes. And on the Christian side - if you want to see the heart of his thought try "The Presence of the Kingdom". It is the most concise outline of his thoughts on how Christian's should live, but you'd have to read some of his Biblical analysis to find a defense of his views if you were skeptical. And he is provocative and one would have a right to be skeptical.3.
I followed your link to your friend's blog. Wow! I showed it to my son who's going to Boyd's church and he said, "Wow" too. Your friend wrote the article upon being introduced to Jacques Ellul. Vernard Eller wrote his book entirely for the purpose of introducing his audience to the politics of Jacques Ellul. If you notice, the way I introduce myself on Shelfari is to say I have two primary influences. One of them is Jacques Ellul. I first encountered Ellul in 1970 and he has been a primary formative influence ever since. For better or worse.Two warnings here. 1. Ellul's writing style is complex obscure and frustrating. 2. Theodore Roszak once spoke admiringly of Ellul to his secular counter culture audience but warned them that Ellul was "outrageously pessimistic". And he is. Ellul literally believes we are "slaves to sin and death" and he documents how that slavery unfolds in the modern technological world. He coined the term "the technological society".
I have to admit I'm curious about your shelf. You like a lot of authors that I like (N.T.Wright, Greg Boyd) and you seem to link to the anabaptist tradition which fits those guys - and even others like Dallas Willard. But then you also admire John Piper who is at loggerheads with both those guys and would like to kick them out of the evangelical world.Going with the Wright/Boyd/Anabaptist path, have you heard of or read Vernard Eller? If not, check out "Christian Anarchy" which Boyd admires and "Outward Bound" which champions small house churches as a better way of doing Christianity than the mega church model. (I don't think Boyd would liike that book. I live 10 minutes from his church and my sons go there and I heartily approve of their choice.) Eller, I believe, was Mennonite or something close to it.In case you're wondering. . .I'm a pastor of a small house church going on 30+ years with my roots in the counter culture of the 60's. You might thereby think I would like the book "Paul Remix" you read, but I didn't like it. It seemed to me it was a bad commentary because he was spinning it and reading his politics into a text that didn't support it. N.T.Wright does a much better job of applying accurate interpretation to current politics and Vernard Eller too. In my humble opinion.
Jamey,I'm looking for an inspirational, Christian book. Is there anything that you would recommend?Thanks!Beth S
Hello sir thanks for the acceptance good books you have hope that all is well, Because Jesus is Lord and forever he reigns!!!!!
Hey Jeremy... How do you read 5 books at once??? We have no books in common, but glad to know ya!!!I love this site, and LOVE books. Hope we have lots to talk about.
I always enjoy knowing what you are reading. I am thankful for you always, but especially 'cus all the books you read are about Jesus.