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Heaven, So Near - So Far
The Story of Judas Iscariot
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Sequel to Heaven, How I Got Here
Tells the stories of Peter and Judas
Powerful and gripping narrative
Judas, who betrayed Jesus, and Peter, who denied Jesus, both hit a low point in their lives when it looked as if they were done with Jesus forever. Yet these men responded in very different ways. Judas separated from the other disciples and gave up on faith in Christ completely. Peter chose a different and a better path.
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, UnlockingtheBible.org.
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Colin Smith's earthy and compelling story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas will encourage you to never give up on the faith. And if you have 'turned back and abandoned the faith I once professed,' the words of Judas may be painfully familiar. But it is not too late to turn back. Smith gives hope for recovery of the things that really matter in life and relationships. And he answers the deep questions about identity, friendship, being famous, and having things our own way. All in the mouth of Judas, the one who eternally regretted giving up Jesus.
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Of all human beings, none passed so close to the gates of heaven on his way to hell than Judas Iscariot. His story, expertly told here by Colin Smith, is an urgent cautionary tale for each one of us.
Tim Challies, Blogger at www.challies.com
Written with pastoral warmth, a biblically-shaped imagination, and a solemn awareness of the eternal torment of hell, this retelling of the tragic story of Judas Iscariot calls all professing disciples not to give up on the Lord Jesus, as Judas did.
Jonathan Prime, Pastor, Enfield Evangelical Free Church, London
From the beauty of the Thief on the Cross to the ultimate betrayal, Pastor Colin stays true to the scriptures as he takes us on a journey, using his authentic and often poetic gift of storytelling to once again provide us with a unique and powerful perspective on the life of Judas.
Stephen Baldwin, Actor
'Prone to wander', as an old hymn expresses it, is a recurring problem in the life of faith. Here's a superb antidote, expressed through the tongue of an unexpected source, Judas Iscariot. Creative, insightful and deeply, deeply challenging, Heaven, So Near - So Far is a page-turning must read. Highly recommended.
Steve Brady, Principal, Moorlands College
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