This is my review of the book Elisha Man of Mission, Man of Miracles by John Cheeseman, which I have read recently. This is a new book only being published this year, and interestingly has some very powerful comparisons with life in ninth century BC Israel with our times today.
Elisha sometimes has the tendency to be dwarfed by his great predecessor and mentor, Elijah. Elisha prophesied in Israel during the ninth century BC, and is associated with healing and restoration rather than judgement. He was a shining light amid the darkness of idolatry and unbelief that prevailed at the time.
Though it is quite a short book the 18 chapters are packed with useful insight, looking at the context in the Old Testament, relevant parts of the new Testament, and our current world nowadays. The book covers the whole of Elisha's time as a prophet.
The really good thing is that John accepts the God Inspired miracles, as miracles and does not try to reduce them to our level. I remember a RE teacher from my youth spending ages explaining how Elisha was doing CPR on the son of the Shunemite woman. (2 Kings 4 v34) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+4%3A34&version=MSG
when in fact it would have been much easier just to recognise that it was a miracle.
Each chapter looks at one or more of the miracles and explores the context and meaning for us today behind each miracle. John then urges us to follow Elisha's example if we wish to be witnessess for the lord in our generation.
This is a very readable inspiring book and one we will probably use as a basis for our home-group studies on Elisha later on this year. I am looking forward to reading some of the other DayOne publications looking at other characters in the Bible.
This was book 42 week 34 fiction 36 (audio books 6) non fiction 4
This was a very readable book, the only criticism being that it is a fairly thin book and I zoomed through it in a couple of days. Surprise surprise I am now behind again with recording my book reviews.
The main theme of the book was comparing the times of Elijah 900BC with those of Britain today. Sadly there is quite a close comparison, and shows the state of our broken society.
Elijah was a great example and inspiration, of his time and also for ours. He stood up to the King (Ahab) and the false religious establishment at the time proclaiming the truth, and challenging their false claims.
The great thing about Elijah was that though he was such a great man of God, it is also possible to identify with him, especially as he goes through the whole gambit of human emotions during the several years of his life that we read about in the Bible.
John is able to take these and make them relevant to us today. This is a book to recommend. This is book 45 – week 35 – fiction 40 (10 on audio) non fiction 5
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