Reverend David S. Randall seems to be the most gifted evangelist of modern times. People flock to hear him when he begins his career as a ten-year-old boy preacher, traveling with a Christian rabbi. Eventually known as "God's man for the hour," his charisma draws thousands to the altar. His creativity blossoms when he discovers television and takes traveling evangelism beyond the traditional revival meeting format to an event with the sparkle of a Broadway show.
David's mother believes her son has a God-given talent that few in history have ever possessed. But does this man have a special anointing from God, or has he simply exploited a finely tuned skill? How can God allow good Christian people to follow a man with such a troubled secret life?
With my background in Christian TV, this novel completely resonated with me. Over 34 years encountering all kinds of Charismatics, I've questioned my faith walk. Why am I not radical like most I have interviewed? This novel helps answer that question.
I now feel I am a radically normal Christian.
CTN Executive Producer,
It's Time for Herman and Sharron
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite David Randall knew his calling at a very young age. He was known for his gift of the gab and eloquent speech. And the boy could preach! While other children played t-ball, David, his twin brother, and their beautiful neighbor Mary practiced in the back yard what they heard from David’s own father while reenacting vigorous sermons laced with the dramatics of evangelism. It felt good. It felt right, and David was good at it. His confidence grew when he met Rabbi Segal, who came to David’s church and recognized the boy’s gift, helping David to evolve into a successful young televangelist. Money and prosperity flowed freely in David’s new world. Would his faith withstand the many temptations put before him? Saved by Default: Confessions of a Televangelist, a novel by Paul Garber, is a wonderfully insightful story of evangelistic life. A rather tongue-in-cheek account of public ministry, this novel is certain to hit home with those who have fallen prey to the lure of the glittering world of Christian faith healing. Garber is quite blunt with the treatment of David Randall’s decisions once fame becomes his mainstay. It is not without sincere knowledge of the evangelistic lifestyle that Garber recounts this realistic version of big time religion. Multiple references to the sins of the secular world make this an entertaining, possibly disturbing look at what happens when society seeks to find the answers to the many questions surrounding God and His plans for us. I really enjoyed this book and wish Paul Garber much success in the publishing world.
I've never seen, nor read a book on this topic before. Paul Garber pulls back the curtain to expose some of the lost souls in the Christian arena. The main character, David Randall, treated his calling as just a job and others watched him do it. Isn't that where most of us go wrong? Our mission on Earth is never just a job, but a ministry to others about our Lord. There is a lesson in this story of David, just as there is a lesson in the Bible from the story of King David. Please read!!!