Archive for June, 2012

Hometown Prophet, by Jeff Fulmer

Posted in Book Review with tags on June 19, 2012 by seguewm

It didn’t take long for this book to grab my attention. The first thing that appealed to me was the setting. The author wrote about and from the Franklin/Nashville area where I currently live. The next thing was the fact that this book is well written. Even more engaging was its main character – a modern day, but fictional, prophet working around actual events well known to most folks living in and around Nashville.

Along the way, Fulmer’s story intentionally invites the reader into several intriguing discussions. The most obvious one is whether or not God still speaks to us through dreams.  More specifically, how would we respond to a modern day prophet? Would we immediately reject any claims of a prophetic gift or seriously check it out? How would we know if the gift was genuine or not?

There is much more to this story than if the gift of prophecy is given to people in the 21st century. For instance, as you read this story you will bump into contemporary issues such as, How do we balance economic growth against the consequences to our environment? How do I weigh what I want or have against what others may need? Which is the higher value within the Christian faith – protecting the doctrines of the church or being compassionate to others? Would God ever speak through an immoral person? Then there is the age old question, ‘who is my  neighbor’? Thought those questions were all fully answered by Jesus? Maybe we need to revisit them.

Jeff does.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

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