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Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility (Great Lives Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
Now, more than ever, we're in need of men and women who aren't afraid to live courageously. Thankfully, the Bible gives us timeless examples of great leaders who gracefully stood up for what they believed in, including God's mighty prophet Elijah. Join bestselling author Charles Swindoll as he explores the life and legacy of this incredible man of faith.
Exploring the depths of Elijah's fascinating life as a prophet of God, Swindoll doesn't gloss over his human weaknesses; rather, he presents an honest picture of this ordinary man who God transformed into His personal spokesman to confront idolatry and evil in the ancient world.
In Elijah, renowned Bible teacher Swindoll analyzes the impact of the Old Testament prophet. Elijah was uncompromisingly strong, yet self-controlled. Disciplined, yet forgiving. Audaciously courageous, yet kind. Heroic in the heat of battle, yet humble in the aftermath.
The fifth book in Swindoll's Great Lives series, Elijah will give you the encouragement you need to:
- Walk humbly on the path that God has set out for you
- Exhibit heroism under pressure
- Uncover the life-changing power of prayer
Within the pages of Elijah, you're sure to find a life worth emulating.
About the Author
Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the clear, practical teaching and application of God's Word. He currently pastors Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and serves as the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. His renowned Insight for Living radio program airs around the world. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B007V91IP4
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (December 28, 2008)
- Publication date : December 28, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 889 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 183 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,485 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. It is written too much like a Max Lucado-esque devotional book and is not a scholarly study of Elijah. It is simplistic and frequently uses colloquial language and analogies. The book's point is to help you relate your personal faith life to Elijah's, but focuses on the personal faith relationship with God and neglects the political, communal, more challenging side of the texts, for example about Elijah fighting for God against the powers-that-be and seeking to bring God's justice to Israel.
2. The book gives two examples of more recent historical characters who the author claims are comparable to Elijah. They are Tom Landry, former football coach with the Dallas Cowboys, and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Both of these may have been very nice guys with a strong personal faith. Both were obviously great leaders and warriors. But, unlike Elijah, neither one, at least in what he was most famous for doing, fought for God's purposes against the Baals of this world. Landry led men to play a violent game just for the sake of winning games, and Lee led men into battle and many thousands to death for the sake of defending the south, states' rights, and the institution of slavery. And apparently Lee fought for the south rather than the north, even though he opposed slavery and wanted the Union to remain together, because he wanted to defend his family and homeland of Virginia. This seems to me to be the opposite of what Jesus calls us to do when he asks us to hate our families and even our own lives for His sake. I think you could find many, many saints of the church who actually did fight for God's purposes against the Baals of this world and would be much better comparisons for Elijah. But Swindoll only seems concerned about picking prototypical strong male leaders who have personal faith (and who would be heroes to white southerners, who I suppose are his primary audience) and neglects the bigger picture of how a person like Elijah serves God.
Update: I changed my rating from 1 to 3 stars because as I read further, the book actually does a very good job with the personal faith aspect and gave me insight. The comparisons to Landry and Lee really turned me off, but the book is still worthwhile, and I am happy I read it.
The Lord instructs Elijah to go back to Samaria where he must prove The Lord is God. The people of Israel are worshippers of Baal, therefore Elijah is given the task of showing how powerful his god is. Elijah brings their God to shame, then is threatened by Jezebel, so The Lord instructs him to go to Horeb where he gives a servant Elisha.
There is so much power given to Elijah but he never uses it for his own glory. He really tried to help the people of Israel because by serving idol Gods this will lead to their destruction. After Elijah has done the work of The Lord, he is taken to heaven by a whirlwind.
The book itself is very informative but there is A LOT of unnecessary information that drags the book along. I appreciate the added information provided but I would love to have the book stay on topic.
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I was looking for a book for our study of Elijah and it is just right for us.
It's great, easy to read and we are enjoying our study.
I ordered another copy that I am waiting for.
Thanks for the helpful reviews.