These are a newly published series of three short books designed to help the reader know and enjoy God. Each book builds on the previous one and takes the same basic format. They are filled with stories from the Bible and stories about contemporary and historical figures making them easy to read and very accessible. At the end of each chapter there are points for the reader to consider and also responses of people who have read the chapters and interacted with the author.
Book 1 is called ‘Keys’ and aimed at those who have little previous knowledge of God. The author encourages the reader to use the Bible and prayer as keys to unlock the secret of knowing the living God. He tells the stories of Job, Zacchaeus and Lydia as well as historical figures such as C.S. Lewis to show how they found forgiveness in God. The last chapter is the testimonies of eleven very different people, all contemporary, and all coming to God in very different ways. This would be good to give away and use as an evangelistic tool and would be particularly useful for teenagers and younger adults.
Book 2 is called ‘Right with God’ and concentrates on the word ‘justify’. The author seeks to expand the wonderful concept of justification, and show the reader that when God justifies us, he accepts us unconditionally in Christ. After explaining what the Bible means by justify, the author answers some common questions such as ‘Why do I not feel righteous if I am justified?’ and looks at doubt through the eyes of real Christians. The final chapter consists of four testimonies of people who came to really understand what it meant to be justified, such as Martin Luther and Anne Steele.
Book 3 is called ‘Experiencing God’. This book is aimed at those who are already Christians and want to know God more. The book’s theme is knowing God whatever your personal circumstances. This book is longer and goes deeper than the other two, although the author still uses personal stories throughout which really help to illustrate his points. There are sections on knowing God in fighting personal sin, in suffering, in spiritual warfare and in dying. In the last few chapters, the reader is invited to eavesdrop on a Bible Study on John 14. The author weaves solid Bible teaching in with the responses of those participating in the study so the Bible passage really opens up and we can see the participants starting to grasp just how wonderful the Christian’s union with Christ is. Again, the book is easy to read and accessible, but delves deep into spiritual truths and helps the reader to know the triune God in a more personal and intimate way.
All three books can be purchased for £10 with free postage.