12 Parables is a collection of timeless Christian stories about the things all of us face in our spiritual walk — doubt, fear, change, pride, grief, disappointment, and other issues that often make our lives so challenging. Using tight, entertaining prose, Wayne Faust manages to convey difficult concepts in a simple, straightforward way. You can read these stories over and over, to yourself, to your spouse and family, or in a group setting. They will stay with you for a long time because they are packed with emotion and just enough mystery to keep you wondering as you read, and to provide points to ponder or discuss when you're through. Jesus appears in most of these stories — as Hero, Shepherd, Server, Supervisor, Lifeguard, and more. As a result, the gospel message is related in new ways and in the tradition of the greatest speaker of parables the world has ever known.
|Publisher:||Healthy Life Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
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12 Parables by Wayne Faust is a collection of twelve thematic stories. Much like the parables Jesus told in the Gospels, Faust’s parables illustrate life, death, and many more concepts essential to the Christian faith. Although I wouldn’t label 12 Parables as being a strictly young adult novel, I would say it is written in such a way that makes it appeal to many ages. The parables are written so that both young readers and the more mature readers are each able to get meaning out of 12 parables. While the stories don’t necessarily build upon one another, there are common themes that are explained in different ways in some of the parables. Within the stories, Jesus himself makes appearances, as “The Server,” “The Lifeguard,” and, in the most gut-wrenching of the stories, as “The Stranger;” a man who gives his life up for a city that doesn’t even know His name. I think the one that was most poignant for me was the eleventh parable titled “The Church.” In it, Faust points out the ways the Modern Church has lost the true message of Christ and exchanged it for a commercial faith. “The Church” was a definite eye opener, and reminded me to get back to the heart of Christ instead of only going through the motions and the traditions of Church. Although 12 Parables is a quick and easy read, the stories leave the reader with a lot to think about. Wayne Faust’s parables are at times convicting, uplifting and even joyful. I think Wayne Faust wrote a book that will stick with me for a long time to come. (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)