HEARTS AFIRE by Katheryn Maddox Haddad
Today we’re happy to welcome back author Katheryn Maddox Haddad as she spotlights the third book in her series.
Take it away, Katheryn.
Do you worry that, if you give too much of your business to doing good, you will go broke? Zebedee, whose fishing business was doing very bad, gave his two partners, his two sons.
Are you proactive in government affairs, marching and writing letters and protesting all the time? Simon the Zealot was that way, then decided to use those energies for Jesus.
Do you have so many problems, you wonder if going to church is helping at all? There were demon-possessed people who fought their demons this way.
Are you handicapped or disfigured in some way? Lepers were both. But Jesus touched them. Let Jesus touch you.
Do you cling to bitterness over a tragedy and are paralyzed by it? Jesus forgave the paralyzed man so he would let lose of his bitterness.
Did you get rich by cheating people? Matthew did, then dedicated his life to Jesus.
Do you know a hypocrite in the church that shouldn’t be there? Jesus gave Judas a chance.
Do church leaders make you feel intimidated because they are always up front and getting attention. Jesus kept quietly doing his work and the people loved him for it.
Are you on a committee or in a family of people so different you doubt they can ever accomplish anything together? That’s what Jesus twelve apostles were like.
Have you lost all your loved ones and feel so very lonely? Jesus raised the widow’s son back to life?
This series of eight novels—THEY MET JESUS—is dedicated to everyone who has ever doubted. It shows people who met Jesus in their stark humanness and curiosity, sometimes loving him, sometimes hating him, but never left the same. I was very careful about adding words of Jesus that are not in the Bible. At the end of each chapter are “Life Application Questions” for individual readers or book clubs, and ancient historical sources such as Josephus. At the end of each book are suggested readings for special occasions. COME, MEET JESUS ALL OVER AGAIN.
Katheryn began writing at age ten, and was “published” that same year in her local newspaper. She grew up in the cold north and now lives in Arizona where she do not have to shovel sunshine. She basks in 100-degree weather along with my palm trees, cacti, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Her newspaper column appeared for several years in newspapers in Texas and North Carolina ~ Little Known Facts About the Bible ~ and she has written for numerous Christian publications.
She spends half her day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as text book. She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and is also an energetic public speaker.
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