Item description for The Silas Diary: The Story of an Incredible Adventure That Changed the World by Gene Edwards...
Overview What was it really like to live in the New Testament era? This historical narrative parallels the book of Acts, giving a first-person account of Paul's first journey. We see it through the eyes of Silas, a friend and traveling companion of the apostle. You'll find yourself shipwrecked in the cold Mediterranean Sea, fighting for your life with Paul and John Mark as they grab for something to hold onto in the icy blast of an Etesian storm. You'll discover what it's like to ford a river in a hailstorm only to be swept ashore in drenched, cold clothing, far from shelter or friends. The Silas Diary is your invitation to join Silas, Paul, and their companions on a journey fraught with danger and adventure - a journey that changed the history of the world. Learn with the first-century Christians what freedom in Christ really means. The Silas Diary is the first of a five-book series entitled "The First-Century Diaries." (The Silas Diary, The Titus Diary, The Timothy Diary, The Priscilla Diary, The Gaius Diary.)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher SEEDSOWERS #611
Series First Century Diaries
Series Number 1
ISBN 0940232197 ISBN13 9780940232198
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More About Gene Edwards
Gene Edwards is one of America's most beloved Christian authors. He has published over 25 best-selling books, and his signature work, "The Divine Romance," has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature. He has written biblical fiction covering nearly the entire Bible, with titles that include the following: "The Beginning," "The Escape," "The Birth," "The Divine Romance," "The Triumph," "Revolution," "The Silas Diary," "The Titus Diary," "The Timothy Diary," "The Priscilla Diary," "The Gaius Diary," and "The Return."
Gene grew up in the East Texas oil fields and entered college at the age of 15. He graduated from East Texas State University at 18 with a bachelor's degree in English history and received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes rather than in church buildings. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life.
Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.
Gene Edwards currently resides in Jacksonville, in the state of Florida. Gene Edwards was born in 1932.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Silas Diary (First-Century Diaries)?
Not so good... Oct 11, 2005
Although I admit it has been awhile since I read this book, I found this book singularly unimpressive. He makes many poorly-defended claims and makes quite a few assumptions.
Throughout the book is a very disturbing anti-intellectualism. In more than one place, he refers to the intellect as the "enemy of true Christianity." This is a wild claim that is not only unsupported by Scripture, but runs directly contrary to it. Apparantly, he has never read the passage that commands us to be "transformed by the renewing of your MIND" (Romans 12:2) or the passage where Jesus commands us to love God with all our MIND (Matthew 22:37, etc.).
One of the big problems with the book is that we don't really have many specific details on the exact structure of the first-century church service. Thus this book (and many others on similar topics) must speculate quite a bit in order to fill in gaps in his knowledge.
I don't think that the author adaquately proves that the "open church" model is the only - or even the best or most Biblical way - of running a church. For example, even if we grant that the structure of the 1st century church was exactly as the author describes it, what does that prove? Are the Bible's descriptions imperitive, or simply descriptive? How normative is Acts for the church today? How much of the structure of the first-century church was due to necessity rather than superiority? The author fails to adaquetely address these issues and many more like them. The author's reasons for this structure frankly are not primarily Biblical but utilitaritarian in many places, and even then the structure is not particularly practical. For example, he claims (without supporting evidence) that people will be more willing to attend a church that uses this structure. In fact, evidence seems to support the contrary position; the churches that have grown the most in America are not "open churches."
Excellent fictional narrative of Paul's missionary journeys Jul 22, 2005
I am over half way through the reading of this 1st book in a series of five. Gene Edwards in his usual style writes a captivating narrative. In this book, he brings alive Paul, Barnabus and John Mark. I can't wait to finish it and begin the 2nd in this series.
How it should be Jan 27, 2004
This is a pretty good book that describes the way the church should be. Where Sunday morning services involve everybody, not just the professionals. This book is written in an easy-going style, that makes it enjoyable, and sometimes just plain funny to read.
The only draw back about the book is that sometimes the author rants about a lot of historical things that don't really add to the book. Also, it would be nice to hear examples of "open church" services where you had people that were out-of-line. Sometimes this book is just a way bit too positive.
Too bad this book is out-of-print at the time of this review, but I recommend it just the same.
To much hype, not enough documentation Jul 22, 2003
Rutz makes a passionate argument for "open worship" as a means of restoring biblical worship and to return the church to what it is suppose to be, a dynamic, worshipping and growing entity. He traces the current woes of the church back to the legalization of Christianity under the Roman Emperor Constantine. It was then, he reasons, that Christians became spectators as buildings were built and a professional clergy system arose. It is Rutz's premise that until the church restores open worship, the world will never be won to Christ nor will Christians experience dynamic passionate worship.
As I read the book, I realized that Rutz hit the nail right on the head concerning jammed church schedules, boring worship serves and joyless Christianity. He rightly obverses that if biblical worship and fellowship do not happen during Sunday morning services, they will not happen at all. The greatest strength of this book was the appendix. It was there that he left his irreverent humor behind and made his most effective case for open worship to affect world evangelism.
Although his insights into worship and the church are good, his human and lack of documentation interfered with the book's effectiveness; he makes fantastic claims and precious little evidence. For instance, he claims that pre-Constantine Christian art worked used the feeding of the 5000 to depict the Lord's Supper and that only after Constantine did it show Jesus with the twelve. What are his sources? How valid is the evidence? Although this book did give me insight into the perils of open worship and some commonsense methods of how to handle them; nevertheless, I found the book of little value.
James, you did a wonderful thing here. Thank you. Mar 12, 2002
This book can change your life both in this present age and for eternity to come.
I believe that if you read this book, your worship and fellowship could be opened up in a very powerful way - you will really be refreshed and grow in spiritual maturity if you can apply some of the principles in this book. Don't let your spiritual journey grow stagnant; grow in Christian maturity as Christ intended all of us to, you're not a layperson (laymen) and never were meant to be, we are all called to something much more than bench warmers on Sunday morning - we're not called to be part of an audience but rather an active part of the Church body... now, how do we define "Church" and "body" and who are you in the Church... read the book and find out.
This could very possibly be one of the most profound writings in a very straightforward address to the church body. I think this book can be likened to Luther's standing up to the principles of Christianity to reform the church... here likewise, is a man writing to us on how we can reform our churches again and renew our relationship with God as brothers and Sisters in Christ. James (the Author) strips away the layers of tradition that seem to have created a separation between clergy and laypeople in today's modern churches. James offers us a view of how me might establish a more authentic worship and fellowship as we might have experienced had we been part of the early church as described in the book of Acts.
Read this book and get a refreshed view and even a revival in your own heart for the Church and your place in the body... This book will inspire you and renew your faith in the purpose and unity of the people that make up the Church of today.