I picked up this 99-cent eBook because the author had been recommended to me and because I enjoy delving into the lives of Bible heroes. Little did I realize this book would be so much more than Bible biographies.
Norman Grubb carefully explores the progress of faith in each person’s life, showing how Job, Joseph, and others grew in their faith toward God. He pointed out the different events that served as turning points in their progression of faith. But he amazingly weaves New Testament principles into each life event, making the truth come alive in relevance for us today.
Old Testament Journeys of Faith was 432 pages long, although on my Kindle, it was considerably longer. This isn’t a quick read, but the content is meant to be slowly processed for our own spiritual growth. Yes, there were occasional parts where the author got a little long-winded, but considering these were transcripts of talks he gave, it’s understandable.
It’s not a difficult book. It’s quite conversational and understandable to the average reader (no theological jargon). I’d recommend Old Testament Journeys of Faith for anyone who wants a New Testament perspective on Old Testament heroes or for anyone who wants to begin to understand how spiritual growth works in our lives—some things never change.
The chapters include:
- Isaac and Jacob
- David, Saul, and Jonathan
- Esther and Mordecai
Quotes and Food for Thought
“But fear is negative faith, whereas faith is substance. So watch out! What you fear…you are believing in! You fear it because the fear means you are believing it. It’s real to you. You don’t like it, but you are believing in it. Your believing is a real thing. Fear is believing in the reality of the evil thing, and what you believe, you get, because faith is substance. You experience what you believe. So you had better watch out, because the whole of life is in our inner attitudes and the inner attitudes produce the outer substance.”
“The captivity of Job was an inner captivity—that of his own attitude. Questioning and doubting—raising barriers between God and his friends of legalism and self-justification was his captivity.”
“You don’t make mistakes with God because God means you to make mistakes…so He’s in the mistakes! So don’t fuss about your mistakes, and don’t fuss about your sins. Just commit them, because God’s in all things if you’re His.”
“Don’t see the kinks…see the perfection of God coming through the person. Live here…affirm that…accept that…and then just by pass the other! God will deal with that in them as He is doing in you.”
“Prosperity comes from inside, not from outside. Prosperity comes when I’m in a prosperous relationship with Jesus Christ.”
“You’re weak in faith unless you can say, ‘In this situation God’s going to do what cannot be done!’”
–Norman Grubb, Old Testament Journeys of Faith