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Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People Paperback – July 11, 2017
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"When we're at our wit's end, drained of every ounce of spiritual energy, Remarkable Faith invites us to reach out - just one more time - to our loving Father who delights in saving us. Keep this book handy for those times when it seems all hope is lost...for that is the moment unfailing faith connects us to a never-failing God."―Maisie Sparks, author, Holy Shakespeare! 101 Scriptures That Appear in Shakespeare's Plays, Poems, and Sonnets
"In REMARKABLE FAITH, Shauna Letellier has accomplished no easy feat-she reawakens our sense of surprise with the word of God and welcomes us into a fresh freedom in our faith in Jesus. She is a noteworthy new voice who surely has more books to come, and I'll be waiting for the next!"― Cindy Lambert, co-author, One Light Still Shines
"Like a tour guide sharing her beloved hometown, Shauna Letellier leads you through the winding back streets of eight of Jesus' miracles. Her delightful blend of storytelling, research, and commentary will make you weep, wonder, and wander ever deeper into the Word. As it explores the unexpected faith of ordinary people, REMARKABLE FAITH awakens a longing for the same relentless pursuit of Jesus-the Strength in your weakness, the Fulfillment of your needs, the one true Lover of your soul."― Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory, co-authors of Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity
About the Author
Shauna Letellier (pronounced let'ler) has written for the Huffington Post, Day Spring's (in)courage blog, and MomSense Magazine (now called Hello Dearest), a publication of MOPS International. She attended Focus on the Family's Focus Leadership Institute and is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies and Biblical Studies.
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But what if “strong faith” doesn’t always look strong? What if the most remarkable faith is shown through those who come before God in all their desperation and weakness?
"Remarkable faith is often grown in the broken soil of desperation."
Remarkable Faith by Shauna Letellier explores the faith of eight individuals in the Bible who are known not by their names, but by their afflictions. These individuals were so desperate to seek help from Jesus they went to great lengths to find him—breaking social and religious rules to get close to the only One they hoped, in faith, would heal. Some interrupted, screamed, and pushed their way through jeering crowds.
Jesus acknowledged these nameless people in the Bible and even marveled at their remarkable faith.
Letellier uses these miraculous encounters with Jesus to write fictional vignettes that dig deeper into the characters’ lives by painting a background of personal history that weaves together cultural and theological context. As you step into the past and encounter the daily life of each character, you begin to understand the painful affliction each person must have carried.
Letellier does a great job of maintaining the accuracy of scripture while engaging readers with her colorful interpretation of each character. I appreciated the research and historical/cultural background she added to each vignette.
The scripture passage is included at the beginning of each story.
Weak Faith (The Father of a Demon-Possessed Boy)
Helpless Faith (The Paralyzed Man)
Unworthy Faith (The Roman Centurion)
Suffering Faith (The Hemorrhaging Woman)
Distant Faith (The Samaritan Leper)
Panicked Faith (The Mother of a Demon-Possessed Girl)
Defiant Faith (Blind Bartimaeus)
Flagrant Faith ( A Forgiven Woman Honors Jesus)
The first chapter depicts the weak faith of the father whose son was demon-possessed in Mark 9:17-27.
Shauna uses her imagination to describe the actions of the father as the demon was threatening the life of his son. I just love how she made the love of this father come alive to me through her words.
"The father jumped out of the way of his thrashing son, but stayed near enough to chase him if he ran toward the nearest well or stream. He skittered around to protect him from the violence foisted on him by the demon—to soften the blows by throwing his cloak under the boy’s head for a moment, and to kick the largest rocks out of the way."
I also loved the scene in chapter 8 about the woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped her tears with her hair.
"She removed the scarf form her head, pulled the long pin from her knotted hair, and let it fall to the side of her neck. Ignoring the collective gasp at her blatant immodesty, she wiped her shower of tears with her hair, smearing the wet dust in an effort to clean and dry his feet. It was the most pathetic service she’d ever rendered."
These scriptural vignettes remind me that it’s ok to come to Jesus in my neediness. And it’s ok to receive God’s grace and worship the Lord for His immense mercy and goodness, exempt from anything I could ever do to deserve it. My faith doesn’t have to look “strong” and my need for him doesn’t negate my faith.
She helps you recognize these people like Jesus did; they had remarkable faith...a faith Jesus marveled at.
I love how relateable these every-day, unnamed people are- and blessed by the fact Jesus marveled at their faith. What a refreshing read, and call to a intimate, more alive faith- without excuse that "he can't use someone as ordinary as me."
"It was not the Bible that needed to be brought to life. God’s word is already living and active (see Hebrews 4:12). It is my mind and imagination that had been dulled and deadened, whether by overfamiliarity or distraction."
Highly recommend this book- it's an enjoyable, easy read with scripture references to find these stories in your bible. A great book by yourself, or to read as a group...such great thought-provoking stories to discuss together!