Friday, September 20, 2019

"Letters from Jesus "by Chris Palmer Book Tour And GiveAway

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About the Book

Book:Letters from Jesus

Genre: Religion / Biblical Studies/History & Culture
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Letters from Jesus“In Revelation 2:2, Jesus tells the church in Ephesus something intimate—Google Street View intimate. He says, ‘I know your works’ (Oida ta erga sou). Four words don’t seem like much, but in the Greek, it packs a punch.… Jesus chooses the Greek word oida, which expresses total, comprehensive knowledge. It is intimate knowledge that comes from being up close and personal. This knowledge isn’t hazy on the details. It doesn’t struggle to remember. It preserves the particulars. In the mind’s eye, everything is sharp and clear, like a well-taken photograph.” —Chris Palmer
Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation explores Christ’s warnings to the seven most prominent churches in Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. These letters date back to 95 A.D., but they help us make a fascinating discovery about civilization: life hasn’t changed that much over the last two millennia.
Author Chris Palmer illustrates the truths contained in the Letters from Jesus using modern, everyday day examples. The host of the popular podcast Greek for the Week, he unpacks Greek words and phrases in these verses from Revelation with humor, joy, and biblical scholarship.
Why study Greek, even just a little bit? As Chris explains, looking at the New Testament in the original language in which it was written can offer us some beautiful insights into God’s Word. “It’s like reading the Bible in high definition,” he says. Also, “studying God’s Word in the original language forces us to approach it with reverence and awe, humbling ourselves to obey what it says, whether it’s something we want to hear or not.”

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 "Letters from Jesus "by Chris Palmer is a fantastic book that every Christian should read and have in their home library.

It has a prayer for the week along with an activity for the week and additional Scriptures to read for the week. The activities are easy to do and some of them are fun such as this one. Create a calendar and put a red x 0n each day you are victorious over temptation.

Each chapter has the verse in English and then it is written in Greek. These 8 chapters are 3-5 pages long and cover the seven churches of Revelation.

I admit it I read the book and even though the author explains the Greek words, I am not a scholar, but the book itself does show me areas that we as individually Christians as well as the entire church need to change to be more Christlike.  There were a few times the Greek word  made the meaning of the Biblical verse so much stronger. The word hate is miseo in Greek for example and means a greater dislike than our use of the word hate.  We need to heed the warnings and follow the steps to repentance. This is another book that can and should be read more than once because we are imperfect people and forget to do the things we should and fall into sin too easily and we need to be reminder of God's love and the consequences of our sins and  what happens when we don't heed God's warnings. Don't let the fact that Greek is used in this book, it is very easy to read and understand.

I recommend this book to all Christians, whether they want to understand Greek or just want to be able to understand more clearly what Jesus is saying to us today.  I also think pastors ( I  say this because I know several pastors who use Greek words in their sermons sometimes) would find this book a useful tool to have in their personal library.

One interesting fact I learned while reading this book is that the verb "conquer" is nikao in Greek and comes from the Greek goddess who personified victory, Nike. It means crushing victory, . Nikes are shoes made for champions who stomp, smash, and smother their opponent in front of the crowd.   "God addresses, "the one who conquers" in His messages to each of the seven churches to emphasis that He fully excepts His people to keep on winning....and winning and winning."

This book is one that should be read over and over to really be ready for Christ's return.

I am going to close this review with the author's ending words " the message of Christ to the seven churches remains the same. It serves as anchor of truth that we can tie our lives to so we aren't swept away by tsunamis of subjectivity and sin. "

I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
Chris PalmerThe Rev. Chris Palmer is the founder and pastor of Light of Today Church in Novi, Michigan, and founder of Chris Palmer Ministries. He is host of the popular podcast, Greek for the Week, seen on several Internet platforms.
Chris began in full-time ministry in 2006 and began to preach internationally in 2009, helping many congregations grow, flourish, and expand. His desire for missions is to train and educate pastors, encourage congregations, support the vision of local church, and show the love of God to the culture. He has done this successfully for a decade in over forty nations of the world in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean, working with both traditional churches and the underground/persecuted church.
Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and an M.A. in Exegetical Theology, magna cum laude, from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a sought-after Greek scholar for his ability to make God’s Word come alive in a unique way from the Greek. Chris is often invited to present Greek and hermeneutics workshops at Bible and ministry schools. He recently began working on his Ph.D. at University Wales, Bangor, in the area of Johannine Literature, particularly the book of Revelation.
His previous self-published books include Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose, The 85 Questions You Ask When You Begin a Relationship with GodThe Believer’s Journey, and Escaping the Haunting Past: A Handbook for Deliverance.
More from Chris
Experience the Bible in high definition and learn some Greek with fun, easy lessons from pastor/scholar Chris Palmer.

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To celebrate his tour, Chris is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card, copy of LETTERS FROM JESUS, copy of HEBREW WORD STUDY!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great book.

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds like a very informative book.