What happens when a young Christian dealing with disillusionment and doubt spends a weekend with an elderly retired pastor? They talk. And no subject is off limits. Clear Winter Nights is a stirring story about faith, forgiveness, and the distinctiveness of Christianity. Through a powerful narrative and engaging dialogue, Trevin Wax shows the relevance of unchanging truth in an ever-changing world.
Searching for Real Faith - or No Faith at All
What happens when a young Christian dealing with disillusionment and doubt spends a weekend with an elderly, retired pastor? They talk. And no subject is off limits. Clear Winter Nights is a stirring story about faith, forgiveness, and the distinctiveness of Christianity. Through a powerful narrative and engaging dialogue, Trevin Wax shows the relevance of unchanging truth in an ever-changing world.
Quotes from Clear Winter Nights:
"Truth is not a formula… Truth is a Person."
"No Christian who truly understands grace can feel superior to anyone else. Grace shatters any sense of superiority."
"A Christian is not defined by the sins of the past or the struggles of the present but by the vision of the future."
"The world says, Be true to yourself. King Jesus says, Be true to your future self."
"The true rebellion is in the heart of the Christian who follows King Jesus by swimming upstream against the current of the world."
"Dont trust in your strength, because there is such a thing as pride. Dont despair in your weakness, because there is such a thing as forgiveness."
"Authenticity isnt accepting your sins. Its admitting your sins and then being true to the person King Jesus has declared you to be."
When his life comes apart, will the center hold?
Chris Walker has everything. A career, a beautiful fiancée, a promising ministry opportunity, and a faith instilled in him from a young age. But when a revelation about his family comes to light at his grandmothers funeral, Chris finds himself facing questions he didnt even know he had about…well, everything.
Fighting a battle within and without from those that dont understand his sudden doubts, Chris seeks refuge in a weekend with his grandfather to ask the tough questions and sort through the issues where faith meets life and disillusionment collides with truth.
For those searching for the historic Christian faith that is relevant to life today, or for those who believe that a completely new faith is called for, this stirring tale is a deep and powerful exploration of what being Christian has meant and still means today.
TREVIN WAX is managing editor of The Gospel Project, an all-ages small-group curriculum developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. A former missionary and pastor, Wax is a popular blogger (Kingdom People) and a contributor to Christianity Today. He is also the author of Counterfeit Gospels and Holy Subversion. He and his wife, Corina, reside in middle Tennessee with their children.
Praise for Clear Winter Nights
"Trevin Waxs Clear Winter Nights is an engaging story about something fresh and vitalthe old kind of Christian, transformed by Christ, doing battle with sin, relying on Jesus day after day. The book raises honest questions and offers honest answers based on whats rock solid, not on our cultures ever-shifting worldview. I enjoyed the moving
relationship between a young man and an old one, with history, heritage, mentoring, and friendship. I found Clear Winter Nights to be warm, compelling, and thought provoking."
Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven, Deception, and If God Is Good
"The best novels leave you wanting more. As I read Clear Winter Nights, I wanted to join the characters conversations and felt the pain of separation from them when I finished. Trevin Wax has given us the gift of a compelling story about family, doubt, faith, and the biggest questions of life."
Collin Hansen, editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and co-author of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir
"Trevin Wax takes you on an honest intellectual and emotional journey as he explores the exclusive claims of Christ that everyone has struggled with at some time or another. His characters draw the reader into the conversation and leave you feeling satisfied about where they end up, bringing in a whole new dynamic to how we typically approach
Matt Carter, co-author of The Real Win
"Tell all the truth, but tell it slant, said Emily Dickinson. This book does exactly that. This book goes to the guts of the gospel, and it shares the good news story straight by telling it slant. Thank you, Trevin Wax, for putting your imagination as well as your theology in service to Christ."
Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"Chris is struggling with his faith in God, his relationships are falling apart, and he doesnt know where to turn. He doesnt have to go far to find a faithful friend in his grandfather. Trevin Waxs Clear Winter Nights tackles faith, doubt, theology, the person of Christ, evangelism, and our struggle with sin. Clear and insightful; the pages pour out Gods amazing grace to sinners and His unfailing love to those whove wandered away. A perfect book for anyone with questions about faith in the one true God."
Trillia Newbell, author and writer, and editor of Women of God Magazine