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Number of Pages: 402
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.89 (inches)|
In a physical marathon, the "wall" shows up about mile twenty or twenty-one; when this happens, mind and body shake hands to say "we quit." That's where most runners will shut down, unless they reach down into their identity as spirit. To the question "Who am I; what is my identity?" God's answer is "I am spirit; I have a mind; and I live in a body." So, to break through the "wall" requires a hierarchy of spirit over mind over body. God's Word will address our spirit when mind and body are out of it, thereby setting Word over spirit over mind over body to keep the feet moving. Project this to other marathons: mental, spiritual, emotional, interpersonal, occupational, financial, etc. Bottom line: Can the reader finish the book, put it down, and say: "Wow, look what God's Word performed; I want to be in the Word; I want the Word to be in me"? The closer the reader comes to God's Word, the closer they come to Him (John 1:14). The Word will have become "sent out (Isaiah 55:10-11), active and alive (Hebrews 4:12), watched over and performed" (Jeremiah 1:12) in their lives
Author: CH [LTC, RET] Arthur W. Coffey, Jr., D. Min.
Located in: Raphine, VA
Submitted: October 16, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. Arthur Coffey has served as a parish pastor for fifteen years, an Army chaplain for twenty-three years, and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center chaplain for twelve years. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and the Humanitarian Aid tour to Guatemala. Coffey is the recipient of the Witherspoon Award for most creative use of Scripture, presented by the National Bible Association and the Armed Forces Chief of Chaplains. He is also the recipient of a Veterans Affairs National Chaplain of the Month award for outstanding service in the promotion of the Bible in ministry, healing and research. In addition, Coffey presented his Alzheimers research, centered on Scripture, at the Mayo Clinic, where it was voted the most outstanding of those presented and declared to be pioneer research because no other known research had ever used Scripture as the independent variable. Coffey earned a doctorate in wholistic health care, awarded by Lutheran Theological Seminary. The exam committee proclaimed his research to be the best they had seen in the field.
What was your motivation behind this project? Born out of and cradled in the crucible of a near-death accident; a broken family; the loss of job and home; a stark medical and mental prognosis; a deep, dark depression; and excessive misery, the pages of this book have ached for words that speak on a theme that is timeless. And, as I could hear the hoof beats of Pharaohs horses and the chariots of bankruptcy drawing close behind me, how would God part my Red Sea?
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? God loves to use our wounds to build wounded healers. A wounded healer is someone who has been there, who has gone through the pain, problem, crisis, sin condition, weakness, habit, addiction, and so on. So, like an Army scout, he is the best person to come back and take the rest of the troops through the same territory.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Because of the way his redeeming will is working in my marriage, family, career, retirement, and a small farm, I sometimes feel like I can be on Coffey grounds and dance as though no one is watching.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Jesus Christ; the Apostle Paul; My wife, Connie; leading theologians; Eric Liddell;
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: To write my story has been therapeutic. Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through your fingertips, said Dawson Trotman, founder of the Christian organization called the Navigators. This shall be written for the generation to come and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord (Ps. 102:18 King James Version, or KJV). And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Hab. 2:2 KJV).