Jonah’s feast

Today the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the passing away of Jonah the prophet from our earth.

I personally love Jonah so much that I wrote a book about him, and if you go through this blog, you’ll find so many posts about him.

Instead of writing about him again, I’ll just offer that you download the book about him for free from this url (https://gumroad.com/l/Jpro), and use promo code: feast, when you are checking out.

 

Book Release – Jonah: The Inside Story

The book is finally out!

I am so happy to announce that the book is finally out. I’ve been working on it for a while now, and at last the book has seen light!

What is in this ebook?

(1) Meditations about Jonah: His personality, His actions, and His prayer.
(2) What early Church fathers’ have to say about him.
(3) Simple illustrations.

How is this book different than others?

I’m sure you’re thinking, “What?? Another book about Jonah??”. Well, to be honest yeah, it is another book about Jonah, but just like with any Christian book, there is always a repetition of titles, but the content usually differs drastically. How many wrote about “Love”, and how many others wrote about “Prayer”, but just like Gregory of Nyssa said, “we are the New Testament Church, we should be like bees. Although weak, they fly in gardens feeding on nectar to create honey. Same with us, we should fly in the gardens of spiritual edification and feed on its nectar full of wisdom to produce honey that brings the chiefest sweetness to all who taste it.” (Paraphrased)

Check out the book at https://gumroad.com/l/Jpro

Preorder the new ebook, “Jonah: The Inside Story”

I am about to finish a new book about Jonah the prophet. It should be released on the 1st of February, just before the fast of Jonah, which is a fast observed by most Orthodox churches.

The good news is you can pre-order it now!

Some questions you might think of:

Why would you write  a book? Just write in your blog!

Well, I have a couple of reasons:

  1. Writing a book has been a dream of mine for a while.
  2.  I wanted to collect all information about Jonah in one easy to access ebook.
  3. I wanted readers to experience the beauty of Jonah’s fast differently this year.
  4. The money collected from the book sales will help enhance the blog. I have some ideas for the blog, which need a bit of funding, which I’m hoping this book can bring.

Where can I get a copy of the ebook?

You can go to the pre-order page, and pre-order the book. The book will be available 1st of February 2015.

Can I get a free copy?

Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8), so I guess my answer would be yes. Just fill out the below form

Do not miss the book!

Pray out your sins!

In my earlier in my Prayer 101 post, I tried stressing the point that prayer was never about the beauty of the words nor the length of prayer. Prayer is really as simple as a hug to a father; you can not hug your father incorrectly. There is no right and wrong to it. Each of us must really work hard to resist the urge to complicate it.

Don’t take pride in well-crafted prayers. Don’t apologize for incoherent prayers.

– Max Lucado

It is really funny, when you hear about a new trend in prayer, or people coming up with new techniques for a prayer. However much thought was put into the crafting of these methods, it is just not right! Jesus deemphasized the importance of the length and eloquence of the words when He said, they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:7)

I ended the post with a small exercise of praying the Lord’s pray (Our Father) every morning and every evening. For today’s post I will try to add a small bit (actually a huge one) to the exercise. We’ll add repentance!

Continue reading Pray out your sins!

Prayer 101

Ready for a new year??

Did you choose a motto for this year, or perhaps a habit you want to build? This year I want to focus on “PRAYER”.

If I want to build a real relationship with God, the best way to do so is to start speaking more with Him; He is actually standing there waiting for my prayer. He said so in the book of Revelation, Behold,I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

If prayer will be my focus this year then I should start putting some thought about how to do it:

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Would you have known Christ?

The joy of Christmas cannot be expressed, and the blessings of Christmas cannot be counted. Let’s go through another story from the Gospel of Matthew:

“And when they (the wise men, also called the Magi) had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

I am trying to imagine the wise men during their long trip from the East to Jerusalem (some people say it took about 2 years), and at each stop they would rest their bodies, but their minds would not rest from thinking and imaging the glory of the baby king they were about to meet. All of a sudden they found the star stopping above a humble house.

Can you imagine the shock  on their faces?

They walked for so long to give their gifts to the baby king, then they find that this king is staying in a very humble house, and His parents are regular people, wearing regular clothes, may be even less than regular.

This didn’t stop them!

The Bible says, they fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him” (Matthew 2:11). Their eyes were opened to the reality of this baby in front of them; he’s not a mere baby born from a poor family, but the Father of all humankind. 

This somehow relates to the post I wrote a couple of days ago; the chief priests and the scribes (who were of God’s chosen people) knew the prophecies, but did not believe that this baby is the fulfillment of the prophecies, while the wise men (who were gentiles) did. This is an implicit depiction of the New Testament!

If you were in the place of the wise men, would you have believed that this baby is God??