Jesus Is The Answer
The Last Friend Of God by Paul Johnson is a powerful retelling of a familiar Old Testament story where God tells Abraham He will destroy a city because of its, wickedness. Abraham pleads with God not to do so. This book brings the tale up to date, making it accessible for all. It is not meant to be read instead of The Bible but alongside it to aid understanding.
We see the importance of prayer. “Prayer had… become the one thing Walter believed he could not survive without.” – Wow! That we should all have that attitude. Prayer is our lifeline to God. It is where we communicate and build relationship. God is only a prayer away.
We must be careful that we do not fall into the religious trap. “Hidden behind his prayer and routine.” We may be doing all the right things but not really building a relationship. We need to communicate with God and look around and see the needs of His people.
Walter, the lead character has a huge heart for others. He sees the devastation caused by the gods of me, myself and I. He desires to save the people from themselves.
There is always danger when the church takes its eyes off Jesus. “Church was more dedicated to social issues than salvation.” We must always look to Him and be motivated by His heart.
The gospel brings power. We need to know its truths. Are we all-in for God? “The gospel demanded all or nothing.” When we know God, only then will we have a true passion for His word. “The Bible… called to her each day, inviting her deeper and deeper.”
As the people try to fill their lives with more and more stuff, they realise that there is still a hole in their lives. “She was dissatisfied… what could her life possibly be lacking?” Walter realises their need. “Walter and his world had been abandoned.”
The novel shows the dangers of living for self. We will destroy ourselves from the inside out.
This was such a powerful read expanding on a familiar story. There is much scripture included. Hearts break for those who reject the truth. This is a marvellous read.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.