There are many Christian Saints whom I am eager to meet in heaven. Imagine being able to walk and talk with the men and women who gave themselves fully to God throughout the ages! Imagine listening to them praise Him for His faithfulness and care, and imagine hearing of the trials He carried them through. Imagine being able to see the Christlike beauty in their soul formed by years of walking with the Lord. Oh yes. That shall be a joy in Heaven.
Until then, we can glean wisdom from the lives of the Saints by reading well written biographies about them.
The Bitesize Biographies help us with this.
These books are small and yet packed with information, fact filled and yet very personal.
They engage the spirit and mind of the reader by exploring the godly legacy left by a Christian man or woman. In this book by John Crotts, it is John Newton whose life we shall learn from.
John Crotts has many quotable paragraphs in this finely written book. Some of my favorite lines come from his chapters on John Newton’s letter writing ministry, his love for Polly his wife, and the hymns he wrote, outpourings of his worship. I will be re-reading this book in the future, Lord willing, and I also have a family member who has placed it on his to read next list. He is now reading Wilberforce’s biography from Eric Metaxas, and is eager to read John Crott’s Bitesize Biography of Newton.
Roland March just wants to be back on murder, away from these ridiculous special assignments that his superiors are giving him left and right. Well, they call them special assignments, he calls it farming him out. They don’t want him around any more and he can feel it. He knows he isn’t doing the top notch homicide work he used to, and the reputation he had earned and then lost is haunting him. He wishes he had never agreed to let his biggest case become the subject of a true crime novel, a novel about him at his best, and now everyone is seeing Roland March at his worst.
He used to be the top homicide detective on Houston PD, now he is the “suicide cop” and works the hated “cars for criminals” detail.
And it is September. Roland has not had a good September for seven years. Not since the tragedy happened.
This September is worse than ever. His wife Charlotte is distant and dealing with the past by putting herself in a near coma with her sleeping pills, and Roland doesn’t know how to help her. To add insult to injury, he has a weird tenant named Tommy living in his garage apartment. Tommy, who throws parties at all hours and leaves beer bottles around the back yard, making Charlotte miserable. But hey, Tommy’s dad pays the rent every month!
Advice for Seekers is pure Spurgeon, and if you have ever encountered Spurgeon anywhere you know his writing has one heart: Jesus. Every paragraph glories in Him, every phrase sings of His mercies, every sermon exalts the Lord, every chapter crowns Him loving King.
If I had to give one book to the man questioning how to come to the Cross, asking what sort of Savior Jesus is, wondering if He will be accepted by the Lord, I would give Advice for Seekers.
For the one who knows Christ, reading this book is like reading love-letters that remind you of the earlier days of your conversion and how sweet these truths are.
“Your Salvation lies in Jesus only; it lies not in you, or your doings, or your feelings, or your knowings, or your resolvings.”
This post launches our new blog, Good Christian Books. We currently write over at Found a Christian By His Grace. This new blog will be a sister site. We hope to cultivate a community of avid readers who will get excited along with us about the best of Christian books.