Monday, October 28, 2013


The Power of Love and Honesty

“Odd, because as a family they never discussed their faith on a personal level that involved doubt in any way.” ~SNAP

Mick Mooney spins an emotional tale of a Christian family that is in a state of dysfunction primarily caused by the powers of the institutional church. These powers, of course are the showmanship of Hollywood, the manipulative techniques of Madison Avenue, mixed with the deadly, cut-throat politics of governments everywhere.

However, this is brought to us “up-front and personal” as we enter the lives of Senior Pastor Richard and his family and his brother Ted.  Even though this is a relatively brief book, it draws the reader in very quickly and it is difficult to put down until the end…and then there is the disappointment that there are no more pages! Fortunately, this is the first in a series of four books centered on the same family and characters.

I refuse to give any hint of spoilers here, (you can read the publisher's plot sketch below) but I must say that this book spoke to my heart in a number of ways. Maybe it is because I can personally relate to the destructive forces of  “organized Christianity”

Lest I give the impression that this  book is just full of negatives and criticisms, the primary, and overwhelming emphasis is the preeminence and power of love, and the beauty and peace of life that is available in Jesus for all of us.  And that is where this story moved my heart at a pretty deep level. I put the book down after the last page, encouraged to live a life of pure love for everyone and everything in my life and to embrace the spiritual union that is mystically present in the person of Jesus.

I can only encourage others, as I have already done, to get this book and read it for themselves…there will be no disappointment!

Publisher's Description
Pastor Richard has everything: Perfect house. Perfect car. Perfect appearance. Perfect wife. As the Senior Pastor of Faith First Church, perfection was expected of him, but when his son, Frank, informs him that he no longer wants to be part of Christianity, the cracks begin to show.

Richard's older brother, Ted, who was also once the Senior Pastor of Faith First before his abrupt resignation a decade ago, has been talking with Frank about living a life of faith outside of organized religion for some time. At first Richard doesn't think this is of any serious consequence. However, when Frank is mysteriously scheduled to preach one Sunday evening, his message challenges Richard's church-growth vision so directly it has the potential to blow his perfect facade sky high.

With Henry, the ambitious Associate Pastor, now determined to take matters into his own hands, Richard suddenly has everyone against him: His brother, his son, his wife, his Associate Pastor, and the elders. Despite the pressure, Richard is determined to overcome and maintain his perfect appearance—but everyone has a breaking point, even the Mighty Pastor Richard.


    Jesus not only is the Son of God, He is God.

    1 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:(NKJV)

    The apostle Peter understood that Jesus was in fact God.

    John 20:27-29.....28 And Thomas answered and said to Him , "My Lord and my God"....(NKJV)

    Thomas calls Jesus his God.

    Romans 9:5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God, Amen. (NKJV)

    Christ is God.

    Hebrews 1:1-8......But to the Son He says: "Your throne O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.(NKJV)

    God the Father refers to Jesus as God.

    Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

    Jesus is not only the Savior, but God as well.

    John 1:1-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God , and the Word was God.....(NKJV)

    Jesus was the Word and He was with God the Father in the beginning. All things were created through Jesus Christ. Jesus is God, however He is not God the Father.

    John 17:5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the the world was.(NKJV)

    Genesis 1:1,26 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image...(NKJV)

    Jesus is God, the creator of all things. [Who is Us? God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all took part in creation.]

    Colossians 1:12-18.....16 For by Him all things were created...17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.....(NKJV)

    Jesus is God, the creator of all things.


    The Jewish leaders understood that Jesus was claiming to be God in the flesh.

    John 10:31-38.....33 The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God."....... (NKJV)

    John 10:33.....a mere man, claim to be God.(NIV)

    John 10:33 ....You claim to be God, although you're only a man." (God's Word Translation)

    Yes, Jesus claimed to be God.