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The Penny (Volume 1) Paperback – February 20, 2012
About the Author
Benjamin Reynolds is an author and ordained minister. Bible prophecy and prayer has always a source of wonder for him, sparking his research, to deepen his understanding and knowledge of this subject matter. He wrote his first novel, When the Trumpet Sounds, Examining the Resurrection of the Church in 2007 after having a near death experience resulting from complications with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006. He credits his faith and positive outlook on life with helping him successfully endure and recuperate from four major surgeries during 2006 - 2008. He is the author of Seven Years until Eternity: the Rise of the Antichrist, The Ten Greatest Prayers of the Bible, Living in the New Millennium and Beyond, Ready for the Rapture and 40 Days of Faith. Benjamin Reynolds is a Senior Pastor and currently serves as Foreign Missions Secretary for the Metropolitan Apostolic Fellowship organization. He regularly ministers to churches in the United States, Canada and the Philippines. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from Michigan State University and has a Masters of Christian Studies degree from Master's International School of Divinity.
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But….as another Pastor says, when God does something big, so does the devil. Is Randal’s fluctuating faith strong enough to withstand an attack by the Adversary?
There are some very deep statements throughout this story that apply to every Christian. An example: “Sometimes Pastor, people just lose faith I guess. Things go wrong and they forget about the power of God.” There are also some highly amusing sentences or passages (I may be the only one but I thought they were amusing).
This is a short story that packs a punch and is inspirational in many ways. The author doesn’t gloss over the struggles that Christians face, but neither does he exaggerate them. It is simply written but probably has more impact because of this. This is another book I have had since 2012, and although I have read it before, I hadn’t reviewed it until now, as I have recently re-read it. Recommend.
This novella is simple in its story line and it needed to be in order for the author to deliver the message he wanted us to receive: being obedient to God in whatever form He uses to bring back the lost and meet people's needs either individually or corporately.
I enjoyed the description of the wavering faith Randal Cole, the pastor in this story, who founded and pastor a small church with dwindling members, declining income, and lack of commitment amoungst these same members. This seems to be a world wide phenomenon in churches today. I can relate to that very well.
Just when Randal is finally about to give up and leave his calling and the church, God sends a miracle in the form of a stranger who asks him to put a solitary penny in the offering the following Sunday. He decides to honour this stranger's request and receives a monetary blessing very soon after that pays for the church outright and solves the church's financial debt. Then he hears other testimonies from others within his own church, the surrounding areas, the rest of the country then around the world of the same phenomenon: a stranger asks church members to put the penny he gives them in the offering the following Sunday. Once they do, they and their church are financially blessed.
Randal then seeks God's face and is encouraged to set up a fund to finance many ministries of churches around the world in their ministries that advance the Word of God and the Great Commission and meeting people's needs. But whenever there is a blessing from God and people's faith increase, satan sets out to derail their faith and block God's hand. Randal is tested via his health but shines through with his faith and is healed which only strengthens this new ministry God has started.
I would have liked to have seen more spiritual warfare in this story but it is a novella and this inclusion may have taken it past that into a full novel. However, Amazon have this listed as Volume 1 so there may be more scope in successive volumes. I really look forward to the next instalment.
I came away from this novella with my faith strengthened and a determination to trust and obey God more, being willing to surrender the things I struggle with to Him. I know Reynolds has not portrayed God's faithfulness and blessings as poetic licence but has based this on God's character, His Word and this author's own life experience being obedient to God. This gives me encouragement and direction.
I highly recommend this novella. Entertaining but encouragement and food for your faith and relationship with God. "
Testimonial type of story which I like and being a catholic now I don' t get the same opportunties to hear testimonials often as I once did in the Non-Denominational and the Full Gospel Businessmen's International back a ways now, it seems. I want to thank Benjamin for allowing me to have his book free so I could read it and then to do the reviews on it for him in exchange for the free book. Thanks so much! I recommend this book to those who like a short yet inspiring testimonial, Angela Lambkin
Good job Benjamin. Looking forward to more of your books.