I’m posting the rough draft of my current project, for a limited time only. Open to comments and suggestions. (For a limited time only!)
This chapter was up for about a week and was then removed. I hope you can enjoy the other chapters as I write them (and before I remove them!)
After that, I hope you’ll enjoy the book with your family when it comes into publication.
I’m reading about West Papua, Indonesia. It’s the western half of that big island above Australia. Formerly called Irian Jaya. Formerly, before that, called Netherlands New Guinea or Dutch New Guinea.
Confusing, I know.
I’m finding relatively obscure books, some in the good old Bob Jones University library, some at good old Amazon.com, about what God has been doing in that remote corner of the world.
I call them missionary books, because, well, they’re written by missionaries. That’s also what I call the books I write, because, well, they’re written about missionaries.
But more and more I’m wishing I could call them “Revival Books.” Because the work that the Holy Spirit did in these places is breathtaking. How do you explain, in Ethiopia (With Two Hands,) strangers crying out, “Do you have the Words of Life?” How do you explain, in the Central African Republic (The Good News Must Go Out), a teenage boy braving leopards to take the gospel to hungry neighboring tribes at midnight?
And how do you explain the sweeping work of God in primitive tribes so remote that they weren’t even discovered until 1938, who became so electrified by the Living Words that by the mid 1960s hundreds of thousands of them had come to Christ?
I wish I had a better word than “revival.” That’s why the subtitle of the books is “Stories of God at Work.”
Is He ever.
It’s keeping me awake at nights.
Well . . . I did it. . . . I put up a page of letters from readers and reviews of my books. It’s up there called, “What People Are Saying.”
It takes me a long time to do such things, because it smacks of tooting one’s own horn. But on the other hand, if people want to find out if a writer has anything valuable to say, won’t they want to read what other people think before spending their hard-earned money?
And you know what else? Re-reading these comments was really encouraging to me! God is at work. Not only in the lives of the real people I write about, but in the lives of readers.
And for that, I praise Him.