Commendations for the book:
Thank you for the copy of your book. I have read it from cover to cover. I really like the way you use imagination to help us enter the Bible stories. It is a really powerful technique that stimulates further reflection. I’m very glad you had these meditations published, and I hope they will have helped many. It’s good, too, that quite often you have used minor characters, with whom it is easier for people to identify, though you have also helped us to get inside the minds of some of the better known figures. Well done
Your writing clearly comes from the heart and your passion for Jesus jumps out every time I read a chapter. I read the chapter on the centurion last night and was immediately emotionally connected to and affected by what you’d written. I hope the book is selling well and others have the opportunity to read your powerful reflections on the Easter message.
Reading these meditations, I feel the Holy Spirit drawing me in completely, as though I am there, in the middle of all that is taking place. They are thought provoking, and have brought me closer to God. Inspirational!
A new perspective on things can deepen the understanding of the knowledge we already have. These Bible passages are well known. But seeing them from a different perspective gives a fresh impetus to them. I found myself reading them with renewed awareness of God working in MY life. We can use them to reflect on our own relationship with God and with his Word.
For a bystander or a player in the final drama of Jesus' life, the familiar events must have had personal meaning. Observations, questions and emotions tumble over each other in these subtle cameos of characters known or imagined. As part of worship - in Holy Week or other times - they will touch the heart and draw the hearer gently into new ways of seeing, beyond the blinkers of familiarity.