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Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith Paperback – October 5, 1999
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--From Irwin Abrams's speech nominating Jimmy Carter for the Nobel Peace Prize
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I had the great fortune of being able to briefly chat with President Carter about "Sources of Strength", and he told me that these are synopsis of his Sunday School classes that he teaches. He also told me that he has over 1600 more of them. All I can say is, I pray to God that he publishes all of them!
In short, a great read not to be missed! It's the best and the least difficult spiritual book I had read in months, after the intense round of five to six Philip Yancey books I read about half a year before, which I still deem them the very best amongst all christian books.
p.s. Below please find two good passages for your reference:-
Pg 74: The context for Jesus's stories about the Samaritans, ...For Samaritan, substitute black, Muslim, AIDS, Haitian - or perhaps roll them all into one! ... His acknowledging the gratitude of the healed leper and using a Samaritan's actions as epitomizing the Golden Rule are powerful lessons against prejudice.
Pg 112: We argue incessantly about separation of church and state, the priesthood of believers, ordination of women, prayer in schools, gay rights, predestination ... and any number of other "crucial" issues. Perhaps worse than the Corinthians, we forget the solid, unquestionable, unifying foundation of our faith in in the gentle Jesus, full of grace and truth. As Cecil Sherman has said, "Too many churches are majoring in the minors."
The book is divided into 52 short sermonettes, I suppose so you can read one a week for a year (though you will almost certainly want to read it faster than that). These sections are further subdivided into 9 sections: The Word Became Flesh, His Healing Touch, Who is my Neighbor?, What We Believe, Christians in the World, To Know and Worship, God's Riches at Christ's Expense, When the Road is Rough, and God's Call. The messages are broad enough that you can likely find a word of hope or encouragement or challenge somewhere in here, depending on what it is that you need to hear.
The meditations are intellectually stimulating, yet simple enough that I have used some of them as reading for my youth group.
In his life, Jimmy Carter has shown what is means to live out your faith. In this book, he reflects on what that can look like for us.
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This is a wonderful book, full of insightful lessons for both Teachers & PreachersPublished 2 months ago by Leah Oxley Harness
Insight into his Sunday School lessons and some wise Biblical insight.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not what all would call a follower. But this book, like President Carter's Sunday School lessons, makes it easy to understand the Bible in modern times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carlton O Phelps
Straightforward - simple elegance - heartfelt expression of biblical principle from someone who's been there, absorbed it all, overcame, and still maintained his biblical... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joe M
Loved this book. The meditations are short yet I found them meaningful, easy to relate to and inspiring.Published 9 months ago by woodsygal