Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

God on the Move

We're either going with the wind or against the wind. Either way, we don't control the wind.
Jonah disobeys and goes onto a ship in the opposite direction. The result: Sailors convert. Then he obeys and preaches in Ninveh. The result: Nineveh converts. Regardless of his actions, Yahweh does His will with the Gentiles. He is determined to fulfill the Abrahamic promise, and He will do it regardless of Israel’s participation.

The question at the end of the book seems like a sermon at a missionary conference. The message is: God is on the move; the nations are being converted; are you going to sit there pouting or you going to get caught up in the wind of the Spirit?
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