This is my review of the book Barnabas A good man full of faith by Robert Dale, which I have read recently. Though this is a short book it is a very up lifting book. The name Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement” and his life reflects that.
The book explores the various references that relate to Barnabas in the New Testament. How he starts off as the one one person who takes Saul under his wing, following on from Saul's road to Damascus experience and conversion. A fact that is often overlooked, but I do question myself thinking would I be willing to look after someone who until that point in time has been going round searching for Christians so that they could be handed over to the authorities and killed.
From then on he covers some key events in Paul, as Saul has become known missionary journeys, as he travels around with Barnabas. Acts 15 records a difference of opinion in the early church, and Barnabas helps resolve the conflict. In all cases the truth is uppermost even if it does seem to sometimes get in the way.
We then come to the parting of the ways with John Mark, Paul takes Silas on his next journey and Barnabas takes John Mark to Cyprus.
The book has ten chapters and each is packed with thought provoking insight into different aspects of Barnabas' life. His example is a good challenge for us to follow.
This was book 6, first book of the new month, week 3 fiction 4 (audio books 1) non fiction 2
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