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In The Preacher and the Prostitute, E.K. Bailey retells the story of Hosea in soliloquy-like form. Bailey has formed the story into a compelling message, making it seem that Hosea is speaking directly to the reader. With a plotline that rivals any racy soap opera today, the book of Hosea is clearly applicable to our own immoral society.
About the Author
E.K. BAILEY (1945-2003) was senior pastor of Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, which he founded in 1975. He established E.K. Bailey Ministries, Inc. which facilitates conferences, such as the Institute on Church Growth, with the goal of enabling change for the disenfranchised. He was the author of Testimony of a Tax Collector, Further In and Deeper Down, The Preacher and the Prostitute, and Confessions of an Ex-Crossmaker, and co-authored Preaching in Black and White with Warren Wiersbe. He served on the Advisory Boards of Christianity Today and Leadership magazines, and worked with the National Baptist Convention of America and Holmes Street Foundation for Boys. Dr. Bailey's wife, Sheila, lives in Dallas, Texas, and is preserving his legacy.
Read an Excerpt
If salvation was based on works or according to how hard a person tries then Gomer would have scored high on the work's chart. Even now, it moves me to tears when I think about how hard my wife tried- she really did try. She not only changed her wardrobe but she also changed the color of her hair and lipstick, she changed everything! She was trying. She even changed the tine she went down to the village well to draw water. She tried; she even knew how critical it was to change the ungodly crowd that she was once associated with, oh she tried. However, like a beast of prey she was caught between two ferocious attackers, on one side she faced the awful internal pull of the wiles of her old world. At the same time, she experimented with the terrible external push of the self-proclaimed pious and pompous. The pull and the push underneath her skin provoked within a war of wills wherein the commitment to God was at stake. She struggled with her unconverted passions that were constantly being prodded by the lips and arms of her many lovers. Then the push, it was the push of those self-righteous synagogue goers always seeking to make themselves better at the expense of others. It was the push of those self-seeking pious and religious individuals who in attempting to hide their guilt constantly point the accusatory finger at the life of others. One day she burst into the house, with tears steaming down, she cried out to me, "Hosea is this what your religion is all about, I don't want any part of it, I knew then that it was only a matter to time before she slid back in the wickedness of her past.