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Monday, April 03, 2006

Guest blogger Jack Cavanaugh and book giveaway!

Best-selling author Jack Cavanaugh graciously agreed to do a guest blog post! His latest book STORM has just hit the shelves this month.

Approximately six months before his death, Dr. Bill Bright teamed up with Jack to write a series of books to create a hunger for revival in America. Knowing it was unlikely that Dr. Bright would live to see the publication of the project, the authors spent intensive sessions forming the novels, after which Dr. Bright signed off and allowed Mr. Cavanaugh to write them.

Storm : 1798 - 1800 (The Great Awakenings)
by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh
Howard Books (March 6, 2006)
ISBN: 1582294933

As the spiritual fervor of the Great Awakening begins to decline in America, a young student at Yale College becomes the target of both academic and personal attacks as he takes a stand for his faith. In time, he discovers that this is no coincidence but rather the work of a secret society bent on squelching a spiritual revival that breaks out on campus. Written with the intensity of a political thriller, this compelling novel-set against the historical backdrop of America in the late 1800s-reminds readers how the Holy Spirit can shape not only individual lives, but an entire nation.

We're also giving away a copy of STORM! If you want to enter to win it, leave a comment (at the end of this blog post, click on “comments”), giving your name and saying you want to enter.

If you post anonymously or if your email address isn’t on your blogger profile, please leave an email address or website where I can contact you (use this format with the brackets: you [at] yahoo.com). International readers are welcome to enter!

You have a week to comment--I'll pick a name out of a hat next week Wednesday, April 12th. (BTW, you can post a comment and NOT enter, too.)

And now without further ado, here's Jack Cavanaugh.

Life doesn’t always turn out how we imagine it. The dreams of our youth often become victims of life’s realities. In sixth grade I wanted to be an astronaut. Poor math skills destroyed that dream. In high school I was going to be a professional photographer. Then God called, and I became a preacher and a writer.

In my novel, Storm, Asa Rush dreams of being a great preacher. His mentor, Dr. Timothy Dwight, confronts him with a hard truth. Dwight tells Asa he doesn’t have the skills to be a preacher. That’s the good news; then comes the bad news. Dwight predicts that Asa’s rival will become one of the greatest preachers of the age. Then, comes the really bad news. Dwight challenges Asa to help his rival fulfill his preaching destiny.

What do you do when God hands your dream to your greatest rival? This is the story of Storm.

I like to tell stories of ordinary Christians in extraordinary situations. It has been my observation that God has a habit of using ordinary people to do things they don’t think they can do. Nobody else would pick them for the task. Not their family. Not their friends. Not even themselves.

Why does God pick the most unlikely people to perform extraordinary works? So that everyone will know that it is God who did it, not them!

Is your life ordinary? Are there others more qualified than you to do God’s work? If so, watch out! You’re a prime candidate to be chosen by God to do something great! All you have to do is love God’s will for your life more than you love your dream.

Jack Cavanaugh

1 Comments:

At 11:55 PM, April 03, 2006, Blogger Dineen A. Miller said...

Lovely post. Makes me think of Aaron and Moses. Looking forward to reading Storm.

 

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