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Overview With historical appearances by preachers Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield from the "Great Awakening" series, this novel portrays spiritual revival as the only cure for a sin-sick nation.
Publishers Description Like a deadly disease, sin has infected the American colony of Havenhill, Connecticut, and Josiah Rush seems to be the only person who sees the evil that has gripped the town. Blamed for a fire that nearly destroyed the colony seven years ago, Josiah spent seven years in exile. Now, having returned as pastor of First Church, his cries of alarm fall on deaf ears. Determined to save the town he loves, Josiah Rush endures personal attacks as he battles an insidious unseen enemy who is equally determined to use the town for its own immoral purposes. With historical appearances by Great Awakening preachers Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield, this novel portrays spiritual revival as the only cure for a sin-sick nation.
Community Description Like a deadly disease, sin has infected the American colony of Havenhill, Connecticut, and Josiah Rush seems to be the only person who sees the evil that has gripped the town. Blamed for a fire that nearly destroyed the colony seven years ago, Josiah spent even years in exile. Now, having returned as pastor of First Church, his cries of alarm fall on deaf ears. Determined to save the town he loves, Josiah Rush endures personal attacks as he battles an insidious unseen enemy who is equally determined to use the town for its own immoral purposes. With historical appearance by Great Awakening preachers Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield, this novel portrays spiritual revival as the only cure for a sin-sick nation.
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Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 65
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.99" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Howard Publishing
Series Great Awakenings
Series Number 2
ISBN 1582294593 ISBN13 9781582294599 UPC 645177036348
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More About Bill Bright & Jack Cavanaugh
William R. "Bill" Bright (October 19, 1921 – July 19, 2003) was an American evangelist. The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, he wrote The Four Spiritual Laws in 1952 and produced the Jesus Film in 1979.
Bright held five honorary doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Laws from the Jeonbuk National University of Korea, a Doctor of Divinity from John Brown University, a Doctor of Letters from Houghton Seminary, a Doctor of Divinity from the Los Angeles Bible College and Seminary, and a Doctor of Laws from Pepperdine University.
In 1983, he chaired the National Committee for the National Year of the Bible. He was named the 1996 recipient of the $1.1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He donated the prize money to causes promoting the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer.
He wrote more than 100 books and booklets, and thousands of articles and pamphlets that have been distributed in most major languages by the millions. He was a signer of the document Evangelicals and Catholics Together.
Bright was a co-founder of the Alliance Defense Fund which funds high profile litigation cases on behalf of Christians' First Amendment rights. He was also a co-signatory of the Land letter of 2002 which outlined a just war rationale for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, providing a theological underpinning for the invasion being planned by President George W. Bush.
He produced the Jesus Film in 1979, which was released by Warner Bros. in the United States. It was not a financial success, losing approximately $2 million. While praising its "meticulous attention to authenticity", critics panned Jesus for being "painfully monotonous". The Los Angeles Times called it a "...dull Sunday-School treatment of the life of Christ
Pastor Rick Warren • Author of "The Purpose Driven Life", stated, "The 'JESUS' film is the most effective evangelistic tool ever invented." Every eight seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ…after watching the "JESUS" film. Every eight seconds... that's 10,800 people per day, 324,000 per month and more than 3.8 million per year! That’s like the population of the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA coming to Christ every 28 ¼ days. And yet, if you are like many people, you may have never even heard of it.
Bright was survived by his wife Vonette, sons Zachary and Brad, and four grandchildren.
The Rev. Billy Graham released a statement on Bright's death: "He has carried a burden on his heart as few men that I've ever known - a burden for the evangelization of the world. He is a man whose sincerity and integrity and devotion to our Lord have been an inspiration and a blessing to me ever since the early days of my ministry."
Bill Bright currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. Bill Bright was born in 1917.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Fire (The Great Awakenings Series #1)?
Community awakening Sep 7, 2008
This is historical fiction that focuses on spiritual awakening at the community level. The historical facts are interesting. Also, the way the author extended the notion of awakening from the individual level to the community level was important. My only quibble is that I found the launching premise of the book implausible (i.e., the pastor returns serve a community where he is hated for a horrendous crime that he does not deny).
But, in this case I'm glad I did. Very good storyline. Very inspirational with regard to revival and the strength of faith. I also liked the focus on the role and strength of a man, spiritually. Very good book. I am starting the 2nd one.
The Fire is Burning.... Jan 22, 2007
When Josiah, the main character, returns to the town where he has so much bad history, you wonder why he would come back to such hatred. But God has His own reasons. You will get caught up in the adventure of this story of redemption. It did not let me down!!!
Great Book Nov 29, 2006
This is the 2nd book in the Great Awakenings series, the first being "Proof". I loved "Proof" so much that I shared it with both my parents, who in turn shared it with others. My wife read this one, "Fire", before me and didn't like it as well as "Proof". It's just different from "Proof". In it's own way, it's equally as good. The main character, Josiah, is a minister struggling with a horrible event from his past. He also struggles as the new preacher in his own hometown. The character development of Josiah is sensational. I could really feel his pain in being such a young man taking over a pastorate in a tough town. The author(s) really make Josiah human and believable, and that's the best part of the book. An enjoyable read all the way around.
Empowering message of salvation Mar 20, 2006
Author Jack Cavanaugh, using notes from the late Bill Bright, has created a collaboration for Fire, the second book in their Great Awakenings series. This historical novel is set in the middle of the eighteenth century and tackles issues related to redemption and spiritual strength. It shows how God's love is both cleansing and eternal.
Josiah Rush is a newly ordained minister who carries unbearable regret. He is the cause of three innocent deaths that stunned his town seven years ago. In a twist of fate, Josiah returns home to preach, but he is met with cold stares, unforgotten memories, and decaying spiritual lives. He also discovers a few alliances still intact, but his former sweetheart is now engaged to a childhood friend. Things only get worse when two diseases ravage the town: one being the epidemic-inducing smallpox and the other a spiritual disease that Josiah has coined "Soul Sickness." Amidst all this turmoil, Josiah must continually ask himself how he can be the religious advisor to a people who only see a murderer standing at their pulpit.
Cavanaugh and Bright's style is easy reading, with flowing sentences and short chapters. The authors also have the skill of creating characters who are realistic, entertaining, and intriguing. Yet, at times tangents and subplots amid the main plot bogged the story down in several places. All in all, Fire is an engrossing novel that carries with it an empowering message of salvation. - Andrew Culbertson, Christian Book Previews.com