For twenty years, Randall Arthur was a missionary pastor in Europe. With his wife, Sherri, he founded and organized churches in Oslo, Munich, and Berlin. He has lived in Georgia since 1998, recruiting, training, and leading short-term mission teams that assist churches in Western Europe.
I really enjoyed Wisdom Hunter. The story took off quickly and was captivating. God really used this book and the two that follow to minister healing to me. For any one that has ever been wounded/rejected by a church or professing Christian, these books can be a Balm of Gilead. For any one that is feeling like there is more to being a Christian than attending church and doing all the "right things", hopefully these books will point to the heart and character of Jesus. As Jason Faircloth, the main character discovers, Jesus stated it was most important to love God with all your heart and love others as yourself. To esteem others above yourself. To lead by serving. This example is displayed so beautifully in the characters in this book. Wisdom Hunter portrays the grace, mercy and forgiveness that is available to all of us by God. My relationship with God has been greatly affected by this book. I would reccomend this book to anyone!!
I read rapidly through the pages of Wisdom Hunter, digging for the gold that would most certainly be hidden within if the praise Id read was to be believed. Confronted by shallow characters for whom I felt little, surprising and not entirely explained shifts in character, lengthy passages of sermonizing and reflection, and more telling than showing, I persevered.Through stock characters an elderly Asian pastor who speaks like the mystic Karate Kid sensei transplanted into a Christian setting the stiff-necked legalistic minister suddenly transformed into a free-wheeling wanderer, and so on, I found Wisdom Hunter soon becoming a painful reading experience. Though I expected a well-written book from the glowing reviews, I soon discovered that this novel is what I call teaching fiction (which Ive never found to be well written).While I truly appreciate Arthurs heart for the church, and resonate with his desire to see believers reaching out with the love and compassion of Jesus into a hurting world, to see believers humbly ministering to each other in honest, transparent relationships, I wish his message had been packaged in a subtler, well-written package. My Sister Dilly by Maureen Lang is an excellent, yet underappreciated example of such an approach; a touching, message-driven, yet well executed novel.Its times like this that Im reminded of the tendencies in the Christian reading community to elevate message over style. I firmly believe that the two can be skillfully combined; Christian readers shouldnt have to settle for less.
When I read the introduction I was under the impression that there was something controversial about the story, but I didn't find anything out of the ordinary at all. The story is about a right-wing pastor who is rather dictatorial in his beliefs: my way or the highway type. He loses his family and suddenly realizes that perhaps he has been wrong about how God works. He quits his church and goes on an odyssey to find his grandchild. The journey takes him across the States and to the Mediterranean and Europe. Finally, in Norway he discovers a church that is really based in the basics of Christianity. There he learns how wrong he had been and that his early teachings had taught him to put God in a box. There are a few memorable passages like where it is pointed out that all the disciples were completely different kinds of men who made each other strong. The mystery is a good story and the religious theme continually points out that we need to be careful about the type of church that we attend, it is good to ask questions.
Wisdom Hunter is split between two storylines that intersect but never overpower each other. Faircloth goes on an exhaustive search for the grand-daughter hes never met. At the same time, he searches for the truth in regards to unadulterated ministry. In the end, the more he tries to manipulate and control each endeaver, the further from his destination he goes. Once he gives in to what it is that God wants him to learn, he witnesses the things he adamently searched for coming to him. Literally. This is not an easy read for those wanting to cling to traditions or the teachings they have come to hold near and dear. It is, however, a real eye opener for those willing to believe there is more to what man was created for than following a list of rules and regulations. In fact, if you are convinced those man-made rules and regulations push you further away from God and man, this is the exact book for you. Who would have guessed when it was originally released in 1991, it would become a source of prized comfort to those tired of legalism and ready for real ministry. With Mulnomahs release of their print last month, it is available once again for those wanting to ditch the bottle and tackle the meat of ministry. The information in this book is real and can be applied starting today. It took guts and real passion for Arthur to tackle legalism in the church. He writes of questioning and reasoning what is taught and not just blind acceptance. He exposes the root of evil in following rules and regulations to the point of severing relationships. In fact, his emphasis is strong when he shows how it is responsible for uprooting family ties instead of making them bind tighter. Only God could have guided Arthurs hand as he penned this modern classic. Not to be confused with a how-to, this is more of a how-not-to. Its time to quit parroting what we believe to be between the lines of our Bibles. If youre willing, Wisdom Hunter is primed and ready.