Do you struggle with legalism, that dominating desire to do all things correctly and to condemn those who do not conform to your rigid view of personal conduct? It is a lifestyle that lacks mercy. If that description fits you, this is the book for you.
In Wisdom Hunter, the main character, Jason Faircloth, is a legalistic Pastor with a tight reign on his congregation and his family. Reading his prayers, one would think God is his servant. These are the character traits of a legalist and so very different from God intends as Jason soon discovers.
Reading of Jason Faircloth in the beginning of this novel reminded me of the words of Oswald Chambers “When a leader demands service, he ceases to have any authority.“
This novel begins with a descriptive character sketch of Pastor Jason Faircloth and his rigid legalistic views that have resulted in a the loss of his wife and daughter and ends with the freedom that comes from ‘loosing your religion’ and embracing the Grace of God.
Wisdom Hunter is an excellent story that reveals what holding fast to what you can pridefully control and forcing all others around you to do so as well can cost a person. It certainly cost Jason Faircloth.
After loosing his daughter and his wife, he sets off on a journey to find his granddaughter. What he finds along the way is tragic. It is heart breaking. But, in the end, Jason, as most Christians do, rediscovers the gift of Grace. The story ends with redemption, forgiveness and deep personal transformation. A must read for anyone who would dare to examine their own personal walk with Christ.
This is not a book written by a Christian that includes a moving, inspirational theme. This is a Christian novel that strikes to the core of one issue of the Church that is as deep-seated today as it was when this book was originally released in the early 90′s.
If you are looking for a book that reveals the life of a legalist transformed by the Grace of God, this is it.
| Wisdom Hunter, Revised and Expanded
By Randall Arthur / Random House, Inc
# Paperback: 336 pages
# Publisher: Multnomah Books (September 20, 2003)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1590522591
# ISBN-13: 978-1590522592
The review copy of this book was provided free of charge by Multnomah Books and donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church.