I must say Nathan Jones and Steve Howell have falsified the idea of some that there is anything minor about the Bible’s “minor prophets”. In their new book 12 faith journeys of the Minor Prophets the authors provide a unique exploration of these fascinating Biblical heroes which is sure to educate and inspire.
The book is laid out in a series of 12 Faith Journeys focusing on a specific Old Testament prophet and the lessons to be learn from their life. Each chapter looks at one of the following Old Testament prophets:
The chapters begin with a fictionalized story built around the Biblical facts of the prophets life. After this the authors really dig into the Biblical meat of the chapter with an eye to seeing the faith lessons each prophet has to share. This excellent exploration is followed by Faith Lessons gathered from the chapter.
• Lessons for Israel
• Lessons for the Nations
• Lessons for the Church
• Lessons for You
Finally the chapter is rounded out with questions that really make you think about what you’ve read and how that applied to your life.
My favorite chapters included:
Faith Journey 5 – Jonah: Faith When You Don’t Fell Like It
Faith Journey 10 – Haggai: Faith When You’re Guilty
Faith Journey 11 – Zechariah: Faith When the Future Looks Bleak
I’ve long had an interest in 2nd temple era history and it was refreshing to read the authors chapters on Haggai and Zechariah. Few realize the importance these prophets played in the events of rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem but Nathan Jones & Steve Howell did a fantastic job of bringing these facts to life, a truly pivotal time in the time leading up to the first coming of the Messiah, Yeshua.
In summary, although I’m not crazy about the dual format of fiction/non-fiction, I enjoyed this book. There is fascinating Biblical history and wonderful life lessons to be learned from the 12 minor prophets and the authors do a great job of bringing those lessons and history to life.
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Author: Nathan E. Jones & Steve Howell
Book Title: 12 Faith Journeys of the Minor Prophets
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Book Reviewed by: William Struse