Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, World...
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.