NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–While it will never rival a pocket New Testament for witnessing, D. James Kennedy’s tiny new book, “Why was America Attacked?” packs a lot of evangelistic punch in its 64 pages.
Today, people are asking questions about God for different reasons, and Kennedy, pastor of the 10,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tries to answer them in his book released on fast track by Broadman & Holman Publishers in late October.
Based on a sermon Kennedy delivered just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the book addresses such questions as: Why did God allow this to happen? Can we ever feel safe again? How should Christians respond? Can good come out of this tragedy? Is this attack a judgment from God?
Kennedy’s weekly messages to his congregation are heard in 30,000 cities across the United States and in various parts of the world, including the former Soviet Union and the Middle East, via radio and television.
“The book provides comfort, direction and encouragement to Christians and reminds us that the two most important questions we can answer are, ‘Do you know you are going to heaven?’ and ‘Why should God let you in?'” said Ken Stephens, president of B&H, the trade publishing arm of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
As a witnessing tool, it’s not a pocket New Testament, but it does answer some questions people are asking — questions that might ultimately lead to people accepting Christ, Stephens said.
“There is enough room in your pocket or handbag to carry both the Here’s Hope New Testament and Kennedy’s book,” he said. “Then you should be prepared for almost any question.”
In the book, Kennedy uses what the Bible says about eternal life to encourage people who have not accepted Christ to call on him to help them through this tragedy. “We believe that at such times as this there are fantastic opportunities to proclaim the gospel,” he writes.
As far as America’s future, Kennedy said he hopes the attacks have changed the country forever.
“I hope it will be different in that the hearts of the people of this country will once more be drawn to God, and that there will be a spiritual revival, and that we will turn from our wicked ways … and that there will be a great moral improvement in this country,” he writes. “It is my prayer that this heinous act may be used of God to bring about a great spiritual revival.”
Why was America Attacked? Answers for a Nation at War can be purchased at LifeWay Christian Stores or any Christian bookstore.
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