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Introduction

Old Stone Church Building – Spring Arbor, Michigan


When I was a little boy, Free Methodist preachers walked us around in the shoes of Moses and Elijah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

They showed us how to imagine feelings and wrinkles hidden in those brief accounts. They gave us permission to look at the text and think, perchance to daydream.

A couple of years ago, I got stuck in 1 & 2 Kings — fascinated with Obadiah, Ahab, and Elijah. How would it work for him to be like James says (5:17) “subject to like passions as we are”?

Several friends read early drafts and gave good advice. I joined Word Weavers and American Christian Fiction Writers. These authors give generous help.

I hope this view of the prophet encourages you to look at the Bible and think, maybe even dream about how the Lord uses people like you and those in your family.

“In the world you have trouble. But be of good cheer,” Jesus said, “for I have overcome the world!”

Dave Parks

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3 Responses to Introduction

  1. Roger Guo July 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM #

    David

    Your story book “Elijah-one of the ordinary people just like us” this is awesome!

    There are many stories in the Bible I have not read. You have done your best to make it easy to understand and easy to remember the historical events of the Kingdom of Israel. I know you spent a lot of years gathering background material, making all the stories come alive. Zadok the priest, John the Baptist, and many short stories let people know that Elijah the Prophet’s personality is with us, the people. It helps us understand the Bible, not only adults but also children, even those learning English.

    I was totally captivated by these stories and continue to read them.

    Thank you for this special gift!

    Your faithful reader,

  2. Deb Allard September 6, 2018 at 8:33 AM #

    Great job, Dave! I’m enjoying your take on this Bible story. You’ve made it come alive!

  3. Darci September 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM #

    You write so vividly. It’s like I’m there. Watching.

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