Practicing Catholic Timmis appeared to have it all---but beneath the surface his world was falling apart. Then he welcomed Christ into his life at a Campus Crusade event! Here the chairman of Prison Fellowship shares the two different expressions of his personal faith; and explores how evangelicalism and Catholicism can be reconciled and work together. 288 pages, softcover from NavPress.
Mike Timmis was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he has had a distinguished career as both an attorney and businessman. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and graduated with highest honors from the Wayne State Law School in 1965. In 1999, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from William Tyndale College.
Mike is a Roman Catholic and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He is also a founding member of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men. Mike serves as chairman of Prison Fellowship International, comprised of 114 chartered countries, and Prison Fellowship Ministries (USA). He also presently serves on the board of The Navigators and is a past member of the board of Promise Keepers. He and his wife, Nancy, minister to the poor in the Third World and have developed self-help projects in Africa and Central and South America. They are also very active in addressing the educational needs of children in Detroit. Mike and his wife are in the Order of Malta and are members of Legatus.
The Timmises, who have been married for forty-five years, reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and Naples, Florida. They are parents of two and grandparents of four.
This personal account provides support for the old adage that money really cant buy love. Timmis, a successful Detroit-area lawyer and businessman, rose through the ranks of his firm early in his professional life and had accomplished his primary career goals by age 42. But while he was achieving accolades in the corporate world, his spiritual life and home situation were collapsing. After hearing a moving testimony from a corporate executive at a dinner party, Timmis was impelled to turn his life over to God in a complete and new way. He now directs much more effort into his marriage, family life and acts of charity, and he finds a support network to help keep him spiritually focused. His story is often moving and at times painfully honest, but the books title is misleading. This is not a book on interfaith dialogue but a memoir, and it only flirts with the tension between Timmiss Catholic upbringing and the evangelical Christianity he now embraces. Furthermore, while Timmis often adopts a humble tone regarding his faith, he occasionally slips into judgmental prose. The authors reflections would have been stronger without these diversions, but his narrative should inspire many to re-evaluate their spiritual lives and consider more healthy priorities. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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