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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
Wallace Thomas's legacy was of the very best kind: building the Kingdom of God, introducing people to Jesus Christ, helping people grow and heal and change, empowering the local church to reach its potential, and having a wife and family and friends who love and respect you. Wally was innovative and persevering. He knew what pain and disappointment were, and he rejoiced in life's victories and blessings. This book will encourage you to trust, as Wally did, in Christ who strengthens us.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5memoir of a faithful pastorFebruary 11, 2016KendraQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5All Things Through Christ is the memoir of Wallace Thomas, a United Methodist minister. Unfortunately, Thomas passed away before he finished writing the book, so his widow, Kate Thomas, completed the work.
While I think the book would be most meaningful to those from the United Methodist denomination or those who know the Thomas' personally, I was inspired by the sacrificial and dedicated service of the Thomas' to the Lord's call on their lives. I was most impressed by burden Thomas had for the unsaved, and the way he visited, prayed, and pursued until many came to faith. The Thomas' pursued many means for reaching people and strengthening the church--evangelistic crusades, renewal meetings, personal visitation, AA meetings, Sunday School programs, youth and young adult programs, even a drive-in service in the church parking lot. Through their 42 years of active ministry, the book records only several mentions of church conflict--very remarkable and a testament to the Thomas' love for and service to their people. I was also blessed by their concern and involvement in their children's lives, and also their extended family. I could sense the struggle between the demands of ministry and the needs of their family and apparently they handled that well, since their relationships with family were close and loving.
The book is specific in places and names of people, and the chronology of events is fairly detailed. Occasionally I found myself scanning quickly over some of those things, but in general, the book was not cumbersome reading. The Church needs more faithful leaders like Wallace and Kate Thomas, and does well to remember and honor them.