Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, World...

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If you had one last chance to talk with the people that matter most to you, what would you say? If everything was on the line, and nothing was left on the table, what wisdom would you impart?I’ve considered this question for many years. My name is Ray Majoran, and this book represents my answer. More
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About Ray Majoran

My name is Ray Majoran. I was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1976 to wonderful parents: Steve Majoran and Elaine Gibbison. I am married to my amazing wife, Carolyn, and together we have a beautiful daughter named Adalai.

“Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, World…” is dedicated to everyone I’ve ever met, and to those of you who I haven’t yet met. I started planning it back in 1998 before Carolyn and I were married, and have wanted to finish it ever since.

One thing I’ve learned in the last 16 years is that time is what you make of it. It’s easy to go through life having “good intentions” when it comes to delivering on things that you want to do or say. But it’s up to each of us to take the time to actually do them. For me, this book is one of those things that I needed to do.

In Luke 19:37-39, as Jesus was entering Jerusalem on a donkey, a whole multitude of His disciples began rejoicing, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

In response, some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”Jesus replied to them in verse 40: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

That’s how I feel about Christ and the need for me to write this book. In a politically correct world that shuns the idea of God (let alone the idea that He is in control of it), I have chosen to not be silent.

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Review by: bthirsk on Sep. 29, 2014 : (no rating)
I want to first tell you that as a Pastor every brother and uncle want to write a book and they do and pass it to me. This is the first one I have read and couldn’t put it down. The way it was written and the exposure of Ray's beautiful heart was felt throughout. I often think of the short times him and I had together under some crazy church stuff, yet God walked us through to become better. Ray and Caroline are just quality people that are game changers and now they will see it in next generation in their
beautiful daughter Adalai.
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Review by: Russ Highfield on Sep. 23, 2014 : (no rating)
I have first heard of this book and this person from my son, and he suggested that it may be something that I would enjoy. I requested the book and Ray generously gave me a copy. I was totally appreciative of the strength of faith of Ray and the fact that it is never enough. We can always do better. He offers a challenge that most of us never really wish to take on, but if you are a believer, is that not what we are asked to do. Ray I thank you for the message, the thought provoking suggestions to look into yourself and try to see who you are now and is that who you want to be. The best is to ask am I the person that God would want me to be. An excellent personal sharing which took time and courage to share openly. I have since reading the book recommended it to a number of others to stretch their faith comfort zone. Thanks Ray.
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Review by: Tom Ward on Sep. 19, 2014 :
Let me just start by commending you for writing such a passionate and personal book. It really challenged me; it forced me to think long and hard about my own answer to the question: "If you had one last chance to talk with the people that matter most to you, what would you say?" I'm still wrestling with my response, though I think it would sound very similar to yours.

I loved your use of story. The anecdotes from your personal life were a powerful witness to God's transforming grace. They reminded me that God continues to touch people in the most remarkable ways, and that we don't live in a world that's had the supernatural sucked out of it — God is on the move.

I loved your use of Scripture. The Bible is the most important book in my life, and it continues to shape me in profound ways. Somehow, it never grows old. The fact that you relied so heavily on Scripture made me really happy. God's wisdom trumps our own, and as an author you modeled that conviction so well.

I loved the chapter in which you addressed the church. All I could do was pray and hope that the biblical vision you cast would be embraced by all who read your book. Thank you for loving us (the church) enough to tell us the truth, Ray.

When I was younger, one of my mentors would often say that the most powerful apologetic is a well-lived life. Your book is a beautiful expression of that reality. I could trust that every word on every page was coming from a place of genuine love and concern, because I've watched you live your life with great integrity. You are a blessing to me, brother. It's an honor to be your friend.
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Review by: Graham on Sep. 18, 2014 :
This book is written by a man whose desire to see Christ glorified in his life and the life of others is of utmost importance. He is fueled by seeing those he knows and loves experience fully the grace of God. Great read and challenges Christ followers to live out our faith with those we are closest to.
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Review by: Yomomma1965 on Sep. 18, 2014 :
I love to read, so when Ray handed this book to us, I brought it home and finished reading it, cover to cover, in about 4 hours. I could not put it down and was humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to be able to see what is most important to him. He challenges us with the question, "if you had one last chance to talk with the people that matter most to you, what would you say?" Years ago, our beloved neighbour passed away very suddenly and we were heartbroken. Not only because he was gone but because we had never shared our faith with him, even though we had a close relationship with him. I vowed to never let that happen again. Well, I am ashamed to admit that I did let it happen again. Ray has reminded me what is most important and how easy it is to let other things get in the way of what is most valuable and important. His transparency, honesty, integrity and boldness is refreshing, challenging and a blessing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for answers, wondering if God is real and what is most important in life.
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Review by: Reymundo on Sep. 18, 2014 :
Ray has masterfully addressed some of the most often used objections to belief in the God of the Bible. His use of apologetics and his own personal journey make this book a welcome addition to the journey of faith. Rays sensitivity to those who are interested in the Christian faith is refreshing as he seeks to engage people at all different points of their journey.
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Review by: jeffenns9 on Sep. 18, 2014 :
I love the humility with which this book is written. It is what it claims to be, a letter to "friends, family, neighbors, world..." The powerful witness of the Gospel is best exemplified through individuals, literally witnesses who have been changed by the person of Jesus. The author Ray Majoran simply shares his story as one of those witnesses. He uses great statistics to help a wide audience understand the grandeur of God, but in the same breath reflects the simplicity of personal faith in that same God. One of my favorite quotes from this book which summarizes well its content, "Welcome to God and the way He feels." (To fully understand this quote, you'll have to read the book)This book is a must read, but its real impact will be when we share it as a letter to "family, friends, neighbors, world".
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