Awakening a Disciple’s Heart, Ermlich, 153 pages
All too often the most important, most fundamental truths of the Christian faith are treated like abstract concepts that we seek to master intellectually. But theology was never meant to be something only debated in seminaries. Real theology is intensely practical. God meets us where we are, in the midst of our pain, our struggles, our doubts, and our questions.
Few books have been written that clearly and powerfully bridge the gap between the great truths of Scripture and life in the African context. By God’s grace, Henrik Ermlich has written such a book. Drawing from his many encounters with the often raw and painful realities of life in Southern Sudan, Ermlich brings the Christian message to bear on issues that are relevant to Africans; Issues like dealing with evil spirits, healing from traumatic experiences, and pursuing a God-honouring in marriage in the midst of a male-dominated, polygamist culture.
You will read many well-told, often heart-breaking stories about life in Southern Sudan. Then, seamlessly, each story is brought into the light of God’s Word, where truth, wisdom, and hope are graciously applied. May your heart indeed be awakened as you see God’s Word powerfully and lovingly applied to life in the African context. Reviewed by JB