As I was searching in my mind for a way to succinctly summarize this gem of a book for my readers, I glanced at the back cover and noticed that what was written there was exactly what I wanted to say. I’m really not lazy, but that blurb says it so well that I am going to shamelessly quote this first before writing my review.
“A young boy in the confessional lies about his sin, knowing that he is choosing hell over shame and embarrassment. A young man in spiritual distress decides to become a priest so he will go to heaven. A white leather Bible sits in a box on a shelf for years, off limits to the little girl who asks to see it, because it might get dirty. ‘Just do what I say,’ a priest tells another boy who is full of questions about God, ‘and everything will be okay.’
In every one of these situations God transformed people by His Word in the Bible, replaced lies with truth, and brought peace through the salvation that is only found in Jesus Christ. This is a book with not one, but 11 happy endings.
The 11 individuals who share their stories of Stepping Out in Faith could not be more different. They are men and women from different generations and from around the world. But they have in common the peace they have found in God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.” [back cover]
The emptiness in our hearts is universal. I liken it to a keyhole. There is only one key that unlocks our hearts so that we can find the fulfillment that seems to elude us in our lifelong search for meaning. The eleven individuals who shared their stories in this short but powerful book all found the key in the Gospel of Jesus Christ–in the person of Jesus Christ. In this book the point is not where the storytellers came from, but where they were going and what they found.
This compact 124-page book can be read in one sitting, or chapter by chapter. It is not a theological treatise, nor an apologetics book, but a collection of personal stories of people on a journey. I found it so compelling that I read it through twice. The struggles and triumphs I read about warmed my heart, gave me hope and encouragement. That is always the reason we share our testimonies–our stories. It is not to gain attention for ourselves, but to cast the spotlight onto Jesus Christ, our loving Lord and Savior.
I highly recommend this intriguing collection. It is a book you will want to share with friends, neighbors, and family. It may help the ones searching to find the peace with God they are looking for.
More about the author/editor:
“Mark’s role at ENC is to help build a network of evangelists throughout Sydney. Mark grew up as a committed Roman Catholic, but despite this, did not hear the Gospel until he started University. He trained as a Doctor before retraining as a minister, and has served in Anglican churches since 2000. He currently works as an Evangelist on the Northern Beaches. Mark has published a number of resources to help people share the Good News about Jesus with people from a Roman Catholic background including; The God Who Saves, The Road Once Travelled and Stepping Out in Faith.”
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC)on behalf of Mathias Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”