People in the Bible—Jonah: Rebellion, repentance and Revival

William WadeSKU: PBJONAH ISBN: 9781846256127



We are often told that good things come in small packages, and this is the case when it comes to the book of Jonah.  Through just four chapters we discover many layers to the life of this prophet and to the character of the God who does not give up—whether on this prophet, or on the barbaric city he called this prophet to reach.
We follow Jonah on the run, on the beach, in the city and eventually in the great dock of God.  As we uncover this dramatic story, we see that God has not only the will to reach a violent city, but also the grace to reach the heart of a stubborn prophet

About the Author:

William Wade was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and converted in his later teens from a broken and violent background.  A soldier with the British Army for seven years, serving in Northern Ireland, England, Germany and Saudi Arabia, he then spent fourteen years as a missionary to British Forces in Germany and England and is now Lead Pastor at Crossroads International Church, The Hague, the  Netherlands. He is married to Tulsi and has two daughters, Micah and Esme..

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Keith Hoare, Pastor Herne Bay Evangelical Church
Reluctant Preacher

The author works through the Book of Jonah on a verse by verse basis, but this is not really a commentary. Being part of the series on People in the Bible, the author has to tell us about the dramatic life of Jonah, but his real conviction is that the book of Jonah is much more about a compassionate God than it is about a reluctant prophet. It's easy to read, the style is lively and the author works hard to relate the story of the prophet to ordinary Christians living in the 21st century. GOD'S CALL The book begins with the way God calls the men he intends to use. In Jonah's case the call came suddenly and he did not like it. Jonah was uncooperative, but God would not give up and was even prepared to use what looked like judgement to restore Jonah. Wade suggests that we might see Jonah as the prodigal son of the OT who, in the Great Fish Hotel, was brought back to God through prayer. The restored Jonah was finally willing to do what God had wanted him to do all along, but he clearly did not understand the mercy of God or share his compassionate heart. Disillusionment with ministry, a misplaced concern for his own personal reputation, and a basic self-centredness are suggested as possible reasons as to why this might be the case. God was dealing with Jonah at the end of the book asking him questions that were designed to 'pierce through the veneer of superficiality' and get to the root of the matter. What questions would God want to ask us as we consider the example of Jonah?

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