Welcome to Telbat’s Tablet, Readers and New Subscribers! Today we have David Telbat’s book reviews on two Christian non-fiction favorite books—The Normal Christian Life, and Rescue the Captives.
The Normal Christian Life
by Watchman Nee
Book Review by D.I. Telbat
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The Impact: The title of this book–The Normal Christian Life–rightly identifies its content, but the depth to which Nee To-sheng delves, is astounding. God brought this book into my life when I needed it most. A number of sections made me pause and reflect, and confess to God that I indeed was depending on things in my life when I should have been depending more on my Lord and Savior. I have made decisions from reading this book that have already impacted my daily Christian walk—permanently.
The Content: Essentially, this book is an application of Romans to the life of a Christian. Nee first covers the subject of forgiveness of sins, then immediately blows the reader’s mind with biblically enlightening truths about how God delivers the Christian from the Law, from the principle of sin, and from the law of sin and death. Deliverance always and only comes from the Cross—Jesus on it and Jesus triumphing over it. Nee’s application of Bible verses has also made my study time more insightful.
The Author: It should be noted that Nee To-sheng died a martyr in a Chinese prison in 1972. Glimpses of his heart for his countrymen are sprinkled throughout these pages. I am left with anticipation to meet this servant of God and to thank him for being the Lord’s vessel while here on earth. I am humbled as a Christian and as an author in this man’s shadow. Praise God for devoted men like Nee To-sheng!
My Advice to You: The Normal Christian Life is one of the most important and life-challenging books I’ve ever read. If you’re truly ready to see yourself as God sees you—through the eyes of what He’s done for you—get this book and prayerfully read it. I’d love to hear if it becomes a pillar of remembrance in your life as it has in mine.
Rescue the Captors
by Russell Stendal
Book Review by D.I. Telbat
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A jungle pilot is kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia. Instead of fighting and hating his captors, Stendal shares Christ’s love and wins the hearts of the most ruthless militants. He wrote this book while in captivity!
I’ve told many about this book. It’s a short, quick read of 176 pages. Stendal’s connection with his captors was aided by a lifetime in Colombia as a missionary kid. Though initially targeted as a capitalist enemy, the guerrillas soon realized this poor jungle pilot was not only educated in the ways of their world, but he had a power within him that they didn’t—the love and peace of Christ.
The most phenomenal point in the book for me was when Stendal decided to care for his captors, gaining their respect, trusting God for His purpose in that insect-infested, wet jungle. The confirmations Stendal received from God during those twenty weeks (tied up by rope the whole time) gave me chills!
Another favorite part was Stendal’s argument with a militant. “Prove God exists!” the communist atheist demanded at gunpoint. Stendal answered so plainly: “If you want to know, He’s perfectly capable to prove His own existence. Just humble yourself and seek Him.” [my paraphrase]
There was one incident at the beginning of the kidnapping that could have been very terrible. Stendal shot one of the captors with a pistol he had hidden on his ankle. But through the event, Stendal and the man who was shot became close friends. The man, a hardened fighter, forgave Stendal. Stendal used all these circumstances to teach men about God’s love, wrath, and forgiveness.
I recommend this true story to everyone. You will be touched! Not only is it insightful and inspiring, the purchase of this book helps to fund Stendal and his family’s work around the world.
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