A Scientist in the Shadow of God  -     By: James E. Rapp
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Xulon Press / 2014 / Paperback

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A Scientist in the Shadow of God describes how God used a Spirit-filled scientist and his invention to spread the gospel message around the world. James Rapp's travels began in his own neighborhood and finally concluded with the delivery of Bibles to leaders of the underground church of China. His experiences demonstrate how a layperson can minister salvation, healing and deliverance just by being in the right place at the right time. By skillfully imbedding Biblical teaching into the manuscript, James shows how the scriptures can be used in a natural way to respond to the needs of others.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 326
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.90 X 5.90 (inches)
ISBN: 1629524492
ISBN-13: 9781629524498

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Endorsements

"Jim's witness is a powerful testimony and I'm sure that his book will have an eternal impact. I plan to make it required reading for my grandchildren." -Shirley Train, English teacher and editor

"My encounter with Jim Rapp in the 1990's had been a divine encounter. As a missionary-pastor based in Hong Kong, I can attest to the authenticity of Jim's testimonies in China. As a friend, Jim's faith and miraculous experiences have inspired me all along. As I read the book, I relived many memories of the experiences and discussions we've had. This book is a modern testimony to the power of a Spirit-filled life." -Pastor Rene Lussier, Lighthouse Ministries, Hong Kong

"After reading your book I now have for the first time in a long time my zeal back to fulfill those ministry opportunities that God has opened. Thank you. If for no other reason, you wrote it for me." -Pastor Ron Charles, author, Biblical archeologist, missionary to Middle East

"'A Scientist in the Shadow of God' is an extremely readable and intriguing testimony of a lay missionary who cleverly blends evangelical work with business activities. The account of his unique spirit-led journey with God is liberally dotted with referenced scripture verses so that readers will not only enjoy the story but will also go through practical bible study lessons. This book is a two-in-one must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the exciting Christian life." -Eng Seng Chew, Singaporean businessman

"Encouraging and uplifting! Jim has surely been used as a vessel of honor to further the Kingdom of God. The stories were so moving, I couldn't put the book down!" -Carolyn Ackerman, businesswoman

"It is exciting, has many adventures and full of God's Word. It made me want to be God's servant." -Elisia Ruth Ackerman, Age 9

After I started to read A Scientist in the Shadow of God, I couldn't close the book. I kept it open on the table and continued to read it whenever I had a few minutes. -Kitty Rapp, sister-in-law to James Rapp

"A Scientist in the Shadow of God is written in such a way that you feel like you are walking through these experiences with Jim. Each experience was so interestingly written that you can feel the anxiety of each moment as he walks you through how God used him and how the Holy Spirit led him step by step. I could feel the emotions he had with each experience while trusting God for everything when he was in that moment." -Glenna Taylor, businesswoman

A Scientist in the Shadow of God is written with a lovely simplicity in the very best sense of the word. Fascinating and informative description about the underground church of China. It is made so much more relevant and meaningful when actual people and families lives are portrayed; you feel you know them. The reader becomes a willing traveler in his journey." -Paige Price, retired librarian

"Congratulations on the book you're writing! You've done a great job. The details you've filled in well." -Lila Joseph, missionary to Japan

"I like that you see God's activity is in so many of the 'small' details of your life." -Pastor Eric Wright, Crossroads Vineyard, Dayton, OH

Author Info

James Rapp served with Men's Ministries and on Missions Boards and taught adult Sunday School classes in local churches. He received extensive Biblical training by attending several International Conferences in the U.S. and Singapore. He has been an associate member of International Charismatic Bible Ministries of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.

James holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo. His name is on thirty-two US patents resulting from many years of research on ceramic materials. These patents produced two businesses and resulted in his selection as a 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of UT.

One of James' inventions resulted in numerous opportunities to share his faith, especially in Japan and in the underground church of China. Periodically, James worked through missions churches in Japan and Hong Kong. He has spoken at a Bible college in Tokyo, at Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International and at several local churches.

Publisher's Description

Research scientist that takes part in overseas ministries? Not him, thought James Rapp, when he pictured the cautious person he was, content just being a glass technician in a reputable manufacturing company. However, gentle nudges from God quickly led James out of his comfort zone and into a thriving relationship with Jesus. In his new book, A Scientist in the Shadow of God, James recalls countless incidents where promptings from the Holy Spirit helped him to overcome personal challenges and embrace opportunities of blessing. It began with God's assistance to erase James's fear of public speaking that led him into ministry, thanks to impromptu ministry opportunities with his wife Sharon. Through miraculous events at work, James traveled overseas and soon was encouraging ministry in the Far East, primarily in Japan, China and Taiwan. What started as a "Why me?" mindset towards ministry later transformed into a lifelong calling in evangelism.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An inspiring book about following God's command to share the gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit!
    April 5, 2015
    Sheryl
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    Psalm 102:18 "Remembering the works of thy hands for the generations to come." This book is an interesting reflection of how Jim prayed to God for help with his business inventions and how God used him to help those he came in contact with on his trips to China. I was encouraged to look for ways in my own life where God might use me to accomplish His purpose. A wonderful written legacy that gives glory to the Lord for what He has done if we are willing to make ourselves available.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Like the Book of Acts
    September 23, 2014
    Bill & Annette Kelly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a riveting account of life in the Spirit that reads just like the book of Acts. Jim Rapp has had many exciting adventures and experiences that most people can only dream and pray for. He tells the details which always point to the Hand of God working behind the scenes. His mild humble manner comes through in his descriptions of his undertakings, as well as in person.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Scientist in the Shadow of God
    July 25, 2014
    Bob and Brenda Engle
    Quality: 5
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    From the moment we started reading this book we couldn't put it down! The way God guides and uses Jim Rapp is a must for all to read. His inventions, healings and Holy Spirit led teachings challenged us to believe God to be used in a greater way. It is a faith builder and shows us how God can use ordinary people, who are willing to be used, to accompolish great things for the kingdom of God. His travels throughout Asia, each encounter, kept you anticipating how God would use him next. His smuggling Bibles spoke so clearly of God's protection and direction as he took God's Word to many. We felt like we were right there! This book will captivate and challenge your walk and desire for the Holy Spirit's guidance and anointing in your life.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great example: "With God all things are possible"
    July 22, 2014
    gswags
    Ohio
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    Gender: male
    Jim's book is very thought provoking and has encouraged me to do additional research and Bible Study on various subjects within the book. The spiritual gift part sparked my interest immensely. I've read it before but am seeing it in a somewhat different light. I've also been encouraged to research the Charismatic Movement and how it all relates back to John Wesley and the movements back in the early 1900's which include the Nazarene denomination to which I currently attend. Another subject of interest to me is mission work which Jim was involved. Traveling on mission trips both within and outside of the United States, the work done in the Far East is an incredible documentation of the far reaching effect that is still being accomplished.

    This is one of the few books that encouraged me to research and learn more on the subject of the book while concurrently reading. Now that I've completed the book, I'm looking forward to doing more research on the various subjects contained within Jim's book. I would encourage others to read this thought provoking book and testimony of how God can work through each of us in ways we could never imagine.
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Author: James E. Rapp
Located in: Oregon, OH
Submitted: July 22, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have engineering degrees from University of Toledo and was selected a distinguished alumnus in 1998. My name is on 33 US patents resulting from many years of research at a large glass company. One invention became a business that required much travel around the world. These travels often resulted in opportunities to share the gospel not only locally but as far away as Japan and in the underground church of China. My Biblical training came from a number of sources over many years including international conferences in the U.S. and in Singapore.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The original intent to write this book was to record my experiences so that my future generations would know about their Christian heritage (Ps. 102:18). However, so many additional people requested copies of the manuscript that I decided to publish it in a book form.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that those reading this book will realize how an average person can supernaturally walk in the Spirit. This book shows how the scriptures and the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be used to respond to the needs of others by being in the right place at the right time. We usually refer to this as 'life-style evangelism.'

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  While remembering the details of the events in this book, I realized how naturally the Holy Spirit works through a layperson who is open to His leading. Even in dangerous situations, He is faithful to protect His servants. More than once did I have to wipe tears from my eyes while recording the stories of His faithfulness.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The person who had the greatest impact on my life was David Wilkerson who wrote his testimony in the book 'The Cross and the Switchblade.' His experiences were so profound and so exciting that I immediately desired a similar walk in the Spirit. Other Biblical teachers who impacted my life include Bob Mumford, Marilyn Hickey and Oral Roberts. Their Biblical teachings and personal experiences encouraged me to reach beyond my natural abilities and personal expectations.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I would like to encourage each Christian to find the path that the Lord has prepared for him and not to be afraid to walk that path (Eph. 2:10). He should also learn how to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and expect the Holy Spirit to manifest them in that walk. I hope each person reading this book will be greatly encouraged to be the next one to 'walk in the shadow of God.'

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