Dismas - The Penitent Thief: An Introduction Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08MQ8V46F
- Publisher : Amerigo - Citadelle (November 3, 2020)
- Publication date : November 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 21195 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 151 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,426 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After partially reading the book I queried the author on his reason for taking on such an arduous task as telling the story of the Penitent Thief. Mark's response was, "I have long been fascinated by Dismas as I see him as a symbol of hope for those who have transgressed in diverse ways. I find it fascinating (and deeply moving) that he did not ask to be saved, merely to be remembered." That put the story and storytelling in context. The author reaches back into history for a story of divine justice in a time when social justice is needed.
The orator in the Audible version shares with us the biblical and historical sources of the story of the "Good Thief" from diverse voices. The moment of redemption is told with emphasis on grace and divine justice. During several moments in the book we almost feel the pain of the three on the cross; see the gruesome Crucifixion; and are asked where would we be in this mystical witnesses of Jews and Gentiles?
The author tells a compelling story of the relationship between St Dismas and worldwide prison ministries. Examples are cited of support for those who are in the margins of society needing grace and support to live rehabilitated lives. Perhaps the takeaway from this unique book is that in the "Paradise" of our own existence we can become believers in the "goodness" of humanity.
While I purchased both formats, it is in the Kindle version that I appreciated the many visual illustrations of the divine justice moment. Later, when the prisons re-open, I will present a copy of the hardcopy book to my pastor for his prison ministry. However, this is a book that is worth time and reflection for all on our moments of grace and the life to come.
By Mary-Jo Dukas/aka Mama-Jo of Saint Dismas Orthodox Prison Ministry on December 11, 2020
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sensitive. It shows an awesome understanding not only of the human condition but also just how someone can chose to change even at the last minute of their life. It is never too late to repent and give your life to Christ.
The following passage is an excellent example of someone giving their life to Jesus at the last minute just like Dismas.
Newport although he probably would not of realised it at the time is crying out in repentance and is saved.
Sir Francis Newport, the head of an English Atheist club, shortly before he died: “You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one, and that I am in His presence! You need not tell me there is no hell. I feel myself already slipping. Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever! Oh, that fire! Oh, the insufferable pangs of hell! Oh, that I could lie for a thousand years upon the fire that is never quenched, to purchase the favour of God and be united to Him again! But it is a fruitless wish. Millions and millions of years will bring me no nearer the end of my torments than one poor hour. Oh, eternity, eternity forever and forever! Oh, the insufferable pangs of Hell!” No eternity!
Thank you for such a brilliant book.
Dismas is a beautifully presented book, with many illustrations of the crucifixion. It is well researched with a vast amount of information regarding the history of the crucifixion and much more. Illuminating reading! It is certainly an erudite investigation of a marginal figure in the story of the crucifixion. The scope and depth of Mark Thomas Jones' work reminds us that no-one is beyond the saving reach of God, no matter how marginal or estranged from society we think them to be.