Welcome, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat. (Some quick news: my new novel DISTANT FRONT is NOW OUT on Amazon!) We pray you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’m sharing today about someone whose life and works I’m thankful for. Behind the scenes of writing Distant Front, Book Two of The COIL Legacy, there’s a personal touch to the story that I’m calling—
A Tribute to Nee
In the early 1900s in China, there was an evangelist and church planter named Nee Shu-tsu, which means Watchman Nee. It was a name this mighty Christian took when he recognized his call from God after receiving salvation in 1920. He left behind many books and teachings for living a devoted Christian life, relevant for any time period, and I have found his teachings to be very valuable in my own life and ministry.
In Distant Front, a novel that’s set primarily in inland China, one Christian character impersonates a People’s Republic of China (PRC) officer. This officer—who works a dramatic rescue for God’s people—I’ve named Nee, with our Christian Brother Watchman Nee in mind.
The real Watchman Nee died in 1972 for his faith, after a 20-year imprisonment in China. To the end, he declared the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God used this man mightily to impact millions.
Have you read any of his books? I highly recommend The Normal Christian Life (you can find my book review here), and The Breaking of the Outer Man, and The Overcoming Life. (These links are Amazon links.) He has many other helpful books and articles, as well. You can find them through watchmannee.org and lsm.org. There are also many of his works at the used book site, ThriftBooks.com.
Thank you for joining me for this tribute to Nee. As you read Distant Front, watch for how “Officer Nee” plays such a vital role in the story. I believe Watchman Nee would approve.
See you on the next page!
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on David’s newest books! Our special thanks to Norma, Lynne, and Karen for their early reading and reviews on Distant Front! Those are very helpful!
Prayer Prompt: Pray for those suffering for their faith in China. A ministry serving the Persecuted Church in China is Back To Jerusalem. This is the ministry David has highlighted in the back of his new novel, Distant Front. Click the link to learn more about this wonderful ministry as you pray for them.
COMING UP: Join us next time for David Telbat’s new Short Story, “Fix-it Man of Mexico.”