See the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther as living documents that can help you navigate life's twists and turns. From Ezra, you will see how God's purposes are not derailed simply because there are no believers on the scene. Through Nehemiah's story, you will be assured that when God calls you to a particular work, you can count on Him to help you complete it. The story of Esther will show you how we can live faithfully in a culture that often treats Christianity as irrelevant. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step suggestions for leading a group are provided, as well as questions to facilitate group discussion.
Take a refreshing plunge into the Bible.
Stan Purdum was a parish minister in Ohio for several years. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor. He writes curriculum for Cokesbury and edits Emphasis and Proclaim, both nationally circulated preaching journals. He formerly was executive editor of Homiletics, the most widely used preaching resource in America. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University Theological School. Stan's other books include Roll Around Heaven All Day and Playing in Traffic, both accounts of his long distance bicycle journeys, as well as New Mercies I See, a collection of parish stories of God's grace. Stan and his wife, Jeanine, live in North Canton, Ohio. They have three grown children.
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