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Praise for Lessons from the Carpenter
“As if he were a master carpenter skillfully restoring a beloved piece of furniture, Brewer takes a familiar story and breathes new life into it. With clever insights and skillful prose, the author demonstrates how the early life of Jesus the Carpenter shaped the life–and death–of Jesus the Savoir. Superb! I wanted more.”
–Wayne Holmes, author/compiler of Whispering in God’s Ear and The Embrace of a Father
“The well-known saying, ‘It takes one to know one,’ applies to this powerful little book. Michael Brewer was a builder in his youth, working with his carpenter father. Then he embarked on a lifetime study to know Jesus the Carpenter. In this book, he shares abundantly his insights into the life and teaching of Jesus, the master builder. Each page is chock full of insights and nuggets of wisdom.”
–Millard Fuller, founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International
Brewer (Who Needs a Superhero?) is a Presbyterian pastor, but he grew up working on houses with his dad, a carpenter. In this slim book, Brewer teases out Christian lessons from carpentry. Jesus, Brewer reasons, was a carpenter, so carpentry must tell us something about discipleship. One can't do heavy carpentry alone-it requires teamwork and community, just like faith. As a good carpenter takes pride in his work, so God adores each of us, his creations. Perhaps the most insightful discussion is Brewer's explanation of what the Bible means when it says that we dwell in Christ and he in us. That expression is a tad confusing at first blush-how can something dwell in the thing that dwells in it? Well, says Brewer, a dovetail joint, in which the carpenter "notches the ends of two boards and fits the notches together like interlacing fingers," does just that. Only occasionally does it feel like Brewer's stretching-as with his claim that just as a master carpenter will pay whatever it takes to get his job done right, so Christ was willing to pay a very high price to redeem us. Overall, though, this metaphorical musing is surprisingly substantive. (Feb. 21) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.