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Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life Paperback – March 15, 1993
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D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
JOHN D. WOODBRIDGE is research professor of churchhHistory and the history of christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also a former senior editor of Christianity Today.
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The metaphor of a journey as the Christian life is appropriate, and well chosen, though it is not, of course, original. The ideas within are not original, nor is the style, approach, or much of anything, but what makes this so valuable is the approachable manner in which introduces the subjects dealt with and who the authors are. The authors are respected, well-known contributors to their specific fields of academia, and they are well known outside of their fields as devout Christian scholars and speakers. One can be sure the advice given within is not the surmising of arm-chair theologians, but the tested wisdom of two men well-acquainted with the academic and practical sides of Christian ministry. Really well done are the chapters on choosing a seminary, and building a library. There is also a great discussion on the difference between academic responsibility and respectability. There is a vast difference between the two!
For the young Christian interested in the pastoral ministry and seminary I highly recommend this volume.
The book utilizes the literary device of the personal correspondence between Timothy Journeyman, a young student in his junior year at Princeton and a dear friend of his recently deceased father named Dr. Paul Woodson, a semi-retired professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, to pass along a remarkable treasury of wisdom. Tim, a new Christian, knew his father, who was not a Christian, still had a deep and abiding love and respect for Dr. Woodson. So he decides to write Dr. Woodson and let him know of the passing of his father and, at the same time, ask the professor for his advice concerning how to have a fruitful walk with Christ.
Little did Tim know that his initial letter in the spring of 1978 would be the first of many letters the two would exchange through the end of 1991. Their correspondence addresses a number of theological topics, personal Christian experiences and struggles, American and European cultural shifts, challenges facing the Church from the inside and outside, and eventually, when Tim enters the pastorate, personal advice to a young pastor.
After reading the book's Preface, and since I had never heard of this book, I will admit I initially thought the characters and letters were authentic!Read more ›
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Carson is always dependable for writing Truth. Interesting book. Came in excellent condition.Published 11 months ago by Paula Sees
This book is warm hearted, bible based & insightful. Written in the 90s some of the issues addressed are slightly less centre stage now but it remains an enjoyable "must read" for... Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by M. BRAILSFORD