God often chooses unsuspecting heroes and writes unlikely endings to his stories. Many of the characters in the Bible are even unnamed, yet their adventures reveal the kind of lasting impact that God intends each of us to have.
Why do the vast majority of us live out unremarkable days in spite of our God-given hunger for significance? Unsung is one thing, but why settle for uninteresting? Or even worse, uninvolved? If you have the eyes of faith to see and the courage to act, you can join God's roster of unforgettable heroes.
Each of the eight chapters:
• Focuses on one unnamed hero and shows how God works through everyday people
• Gives insight into how God intends to fill our lives with significance and adventure
• Combines stories of Bible heroes, incredible accounts of modern-day unnamed heroes, and solid biblical insight
• Concludes with "Releasing Your Heroic Potential" questions to help individuals or small groups identify next steps
- Good concept but ......
I loved the initial idea to draw attention to the many bible characters who were ' on the edge' and just got a brief mention but yet often played a vital supporting role in the unfolding of the bible story. BUT the book lost its credibility when the author (in my perception) tried too hard to emphasise and even creatively exaggerate the bible character's human personality and character. WHY? Maybe C.Travis thought that by making these people seem full of human vulnerabilities we the readers would be able to more strongly identify with them and think "OK I might not be able to be a St Paul but I could be like this guy in the scriptures, maybe God can also use me!??" But in the process Travis has missed out the awesome effects of what happens to a person who is confronted with the living God. He is no longer preoccupied with his own trivial thoughts but is totally focused on God. For example Philip and the Ethiopian. Travis elaborated too much on how embarrassed the high official might have been by the humbling baptism. Travis had the Ethiopian worrying about what his servants might be thinking of him at that moment. But surely the effect of being confronted by God is that the person who submits and is obedient then willingly humbles himself, becomes totally focused on God. He would not be worried about his servant girl's interpretation of the events. I found this unnecessary and fictitious elaboration of the scriptures had a trivialising effect on the momentous event. It lost something of the glory and omnipotence of our holy God and the effect this can have on humans. Thus it was a good idea but should have focused on the effects of the awesomeness of God as well as the characters human qualities.
- Leaves one satisfied and ready to be used by God...
Using stories from the Bible as references, the author shows how God uses ordinary men, women, and children today during the course of their lives. The people whose lives are used as examples from contemporary times all share one thing they're unnamed. Ray Porter narrates their stories with a good sense of timing and an effective use of pauses. In a tone of intimacy, he expresses marvel and respect for these unnamed heroes, mentioned only by generic names such as man, woman, boy, or girl. Through the use of subtle vocal changes Porter gives them individuality, which enhances the power of their stories. The overall listening experience leaves one satisfied and ready to be used by God. E.J.K. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine