At the age of seventeen, Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, faces the wrath of jealousy, hatred, and deceit from his own brothers. He is thrust into a world of slavery, lust, and power. Joseph experiences a culture so different from his own that he must adapt quickly just to survive. He learns to trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and be content in the difficult circumstances that challenge him far too often.
Narrated by Joseph himself, FAITH Joseph’s Story communicates the power of this young man’s faith-faith that began in the midst of a plot to murder him and ends with his rise to power in Egypt. It show the perseverance one must find to overcome the negative experiences that happen in life, and it provides a testament to the importance of placing complete faith and trust in God.
With Bible study materials and a leader’s guide included, FAITH-Joseph’s Story is not only a novel from Joseph’s perspective but also a Bible Study in God’s Word and is written for the individual or small group study.
The first thing I really adored about this review was when I received my book I also got a lovely hand written letter from the author with words of encouragement for my own faith journey. I also received a lovely little book mark. Simply beautiful.
I used this book as part of our religion study with the kids (13, 7) so we read one chapter every night then discussed it. The book has only 9 chapters, 61 pages total for the actual story. It was eloquently wrote and flowed nicely with scripture, something I was scared would not happen. The story though kept up accurately with historical biblical truth and was easy to read and follow.
After the story the author included a nice epilog to wrap everything up that God did in the life of Joseph: assurance in trusting God, evil used for good, living life according to your calling,trails create a deeper faith, spiritual maturity comes from how you handle trials and suing the gift that God gave you. Also includes a nice section on how to become a Christian.
The end of the book is devoted to a bible study that follows along with each chapter and a leaders guide that you can use to lead a small group discussion. The study covers topics such as fear, hate, jealousy, revenge, family ties etc.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve deeper into their faith and loves the timeless story of Joseph. Both of kids loved doing this study and would remind me to pick up the book when I was too tired,eager to read more and learn. That says alot to me. I look forward to more books like this from Sandra.
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About Sandra Hardage:
Sandra Hardage considers Jesus Christ her Savior and her family including husband, children and grandchildren the chief blessings in her life. She has been married to her husband Jim for forty-four years, has three grown children with Christian spouses and eight grandchildren between the ages of two to fifteen.
From the age of ten, God began to stir a desire in Sandra’s heart to become a teacher. She did in fact fulfill that desire and has worked in education all her life. Positions she held in pursuit of teaching include: public school teacher, coordinator of a televised GED-ONTV program, coordinator of an Adult Education Learning Center, coordinator of Technology, Distance Learning and Media for an education cooperative, Sunday School teacher, Bible study leader, associational women’s ministry director and online Bible teacher.
During years as Sunday school teacher, the Lord placed on her heart the sensitivity for the feelings of Biblical characters. As a result, she began writing stories of God’s people. After retiring, the Lord placed Joseph on her heart and over a four and a half years period, she wrote FAITH Joseph’s Story, a novel and Bible Study.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Education degrees and has taken many courses along the way to hone the skills needed for the jobs that God placed in her path including computers, web design, distance learning, curriculum and much more. She feels that every area in teaching and learning were inpreparation for her current role as creator and founder of the online ministry: My Journey of Faith. http://myjourneyoffaith.com
The ministries website is a gathering place for encouraging Christians women in their daily journey of life. It is her desire for this ministry to be used by God to encourage Christians and uplift the name of Jesus Christ by sharing stories through CWA Radio, My Journey of Faith magazine, Bible studies, blogs and more.
Find Sandra on the following websites:
Author website with book trailer: http://sandrahardage.com