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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
Harold Savage vividly remembers the last time he activated his blue lights during the final shift he worked as a police officer for the city of West Palm Beach, Florida. He spotted a Ford with New York tags which was being sought nationally in connection with a homicide. He radioed HQ his location and the tag number of the vehicle. All north end units were out of service. No backup! With his blue lights flashing, Harold pursued the black Ford. It slowed but did not stop.
Some of you will never have the experience of serving as a police officer. So you, the reader, could ride along and be Harold’s partner. You could learn from his mistakes as well as his successes. These thirteen powerful lessons contain wisdom for daily living, challenging each of us to live a daring, bold, and productive life.
This book is your spiritual roll call. You have reported for duty, and you must be alert. In this roll call, God, through His Word, will conduct the briefing. Imagine—the highest-ranking supervisor in the universe will be providing you with vital information. The Maker and Sustainer of all things will give you what you need to not just survive but thrive during your tour of duty.
It’s time to report for roll call.
gospel focusEast TN5 Stars Out Of 5This is a new perspective on the Christian life.March 14, 2014gospel focusEast TNQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Harold Savage ponders the young police officer he was in West Palm Beach, Florida. He relives that daily roll call, envisions the weapons he carried, and recalls the quick choices of life and death that he was required to make. Then this mature minister discerns how in many ways, the individual Christian life that you live makes calls on your life very much like the calling on his life during the years he was a policeman. He divides his comparisons into 13 chapters which make it ideal for Bible class curriculum. Each chapter title stirs the imagination, and Chapter Three's title, "There is a Little Ã¢â¬ËFife' [Barney] in All of Us" made me laugh.
Foundational scriptures support Savage's points, but sometimes he looks at a text from a new perspective---the perspective of a policeman who has struggled with: duty, self-control, making difficult choices, living by the code, and accountability. Poignantly, he writes of his oath to "serve and protect" and contrasts the service he was called to do as nothing like the glamorous adventure of a television cop. In reality, the job he vowed to do was arduous. "People spit, bleed, and vomit on you. You wrestle drunks who don't bathe and people with diseases who try to bite you. There are car accidents where you stand in the rain for hours, directing traffic, or the emotional heartache of having to notify people when their loved one dies. The paperwork is endless, because you must make a record of everything." Each chapter ends with application questions which further compare police life to Christian life and Christian life to scriptures. If you sometimes think that God asks too much of you, please read of the spiritual insights which life as a police officer taught Harold Savage.