Item description for Between Two Worlds: The Spiritual Journey of an Evangelical Catholic by Mike Timmis, Harold Fickett & Chuck Colson...
Overview Timmis, a prominent leader in both the evangelical and Catholic communities, shares his story that unites two very different expressions of faith. With an honest and open-minded approach, he seeks to answer a crucial question: can evangelical faith and Catholicism be reconciled?
Publishers Description After a life-changing experience at a Campus Crusade event, Mike Timmis welcomed Christ into his life, with one small catch: Mike was a practicing Catholic. Now Mike, a prominent leader in both the evangelical and Catholic communities, shares his unique story and the recent cultural changes that have united two very different expressions of faith.
From Publishers Weekly This personal account provides support for the old adage that money really cant buy love. Timmis, a successful Detroit-area lawyer and businessman, rose through the ranks of his firm early in his professional life and had accomplished his primary career goals by age 42. But while he was achieving accolades in the corporate world, his spiritual life and home situation were collapsing. After hearing a moving testimony from a corporate executive at a dinner party, Timmis was impelled to turn his life over to God in a complete and new way. He now directs much more effort into his marriage, family life and acts of charity, and he finds a support network to help keep him spiritually focused. His story is often moving and at times painfully honest, but the books title is misleading. This is not a book on interfaith dialogue but a memoir, and it only flirts with the tension between Timmiss Catholic upbringing and the evangelical Christianity he now embraces. Furthermore, while Timmis often adopts a humble tone regarding his faith, he occasionally slips into judgmental prose. The authors reflections would have been stronger without these diversions, but his narrative should inspire many to re-evaluate their spiritual lives and consider more healthy priorities. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.29" Width: 6" Height: 0.66" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600062482 ISBN13 9781600062483
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More About Mike Timmis, Harold Fickett & Chuck Colson
Mike Timmis was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he has had a distinguished career as both an attorney and businessman. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and graduated with highest honors from the Wayne State Law School in 1965. In 1999, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from William Tyndale College. Mike is a Roman Catholic and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He is also a founding member of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men. Mike serves as chairman of Prison Fellowship International, comprised of 114 chartered countries, and Prison Fellowship Ministries (USA). He also presently serves on the board of The Navigators and is a past member of the board of Promise Keepers. He and his wife, Nancy, minister to the poor in the Third World and have developed self-help projects in Africa and Central and South America. They are also very active in addressing the educational needs of children in Detroit. Mike and his wife are in the Order of Malta and are members of Legatus. The Timmises, who have been married for forty-five years, reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and Naples, Florida. They are parents of two and grandparents of four.
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I am not alone May 6, 2008
I was heartened to hear of this book. I thought for some time that perhaps I was strange or unique. Now I know that I am not alone. I have experienced much of what Mike Timmis describes in this book, certainly not to the level that he describes but still real nonetheless.
This book is recommended for anyone who believe that the rift between those who identify as "Catholics" and those who call themselves "Christians" has gone on way too long, and that it is time that we recognize our common belief and get beyond the divisions that exist.
Moving story of faith and sharing God's Word Mar 21, 2008
Between Two Worlds by Mike Timmis is an intriguing look into the life of an evangelical Catholic. Normally that would seem to be an oxymoron, but as Timmis tells the story of his life, it's easy to see how the term suits him perfectly. Timmis relates his life with honesty and just a shade of hubris. Even as he is ashamed of his Irish temper, he's proud of it as well. He's a man you definitely want on your team: hard-hitting, unafraid to speak his mind, and of singular purpose. When his focus was his job, it was his entire life, but when he turned his life over to Christ, he turned that fierce determination toward God. The book is written in similar format; whatever he was focused on at that time in his life is all that he writes about, so when he turns to God, he doesn't write anymore about his job, although he must have been working to continue his upscale lifestyle. Timmis is just as courageous is sharing his tragedies as he is his triumphs, and when someone called him on hypocrisy, he tells the reader about that as well. He suffered not only personal crises, but his church attacked him as well for his outgoing faith, but he stayed true to it and was rewarded. The story meanders in spots and could have used some reorganizing to make it flow a bit better, but overall it's a good read about a good man.
Between Two Worlds is a story that needed to be told! Feb 21, 2008
Between Two Worlds is a story that needed to be told. It is an invitation into the personal life of Mike Timmis, an evangelical Roman Catholic.
Mike's willingness to be vulnerable and share his greatest struggles and deepest loss will touch any who have suffered in similar ways and asked, "Why?" "Where is God in all of this hurt?" And, "Where do I belong?" Mike's story is not one of quick spiritual fixes but of a multi-faceted journey that begins with the revelation of what Jesus really yearns for from all His followers, intimacy with Him!
Any "driven" person working in the business world, who is questioning God's calling on his life, should read this book. Mike didn't abandon the workplace, but instead found his calling in the midst of it.
Any parent who struggles with a rebellious teenager or who has suffered the loss of a child will not only relate to Mike's story, but will be deeply encouraged that there is hope in the midst of tremendous pain.
Any person whose vocation is ministry, whether Protestant or Catholic, should read this book to be encouraged by the remarkable firsthand stories of how Jesus really does cross all divisions. More practically, Mike's personal relationship with Chuck Colson is a beautiful living example of two brothers united in Christ without denying or diminishing one another's faith traditions for the sake of that unity.
But there is more to this fascinating story. Through the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, Mike Timmis discovered he had been raised and placed in the Catholic Church for a purpose. By remaining a committed Catholic he has been able to reach across all divisions of disunity, relating to, learning from, and exhorting evangelicals from all denominations.
Between Two Worlds is worth the read simply for its call and real-life demonstration of what unity in Jesus Christ looks like for today's followers of Jesus. Written in such a non-threatening way, Between Two Worlds asks all of us to examine our consciences regarding what we are doing for the cause of unity in the Body of Christ, beginning first with our families and then on behalf of the least, the last and the lost!
Between Two Worlds is a story that needed to be told and now it needs to be read!
Excellent Read Feb 19, 2008
This is a very compelling read ~ the gripping story of a self made, well travelled man who finds himself anything but self-satisfied. It has the feel of being a modern day "Confessions" of Saint Augustine. It is destined to be a spiritual classic that will connect with the likes of us who live in the real world. More than just a story it is jam-packed with spiritual insight. I could not put it down.