HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Scars: His, Theirs, and Ours
Author: Gardner Hall
Cover designer: Kirby Davis
Publisher: Mount Bethel Publishing, 2016
Related website: http://www.MountBethelPublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hall, Gardner. Scars: His, Theirs, and Ours (published in 2016 by Mount Bethel Publishing, P. O. Box 123, Port Murray, NJ 07865). Do you have any scars in your life, whether from physical wounds of the body or mental and emotional traumas of the mind? Most all of us do have scars of some kind. Even God, in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who became flesh and dwelt among us on this earth as a man, “was wounded for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53:5). Also, author Gardner Hall, a dear friend from college days, cites Vance Havner who pointed out that at the Nicene Council in the 4th century A.D., of the 318 delegates attending, “fewer than 12 had not lost an eye or lost a hand or did not limp on a leg lamed by torture for their Christian faith.” Their scars were a part of a three-hundred-year legacy of being on the receiving end of merciless torture. It was the will of God that his witnesses and early followers receive every angry blow and that every wound leave its mark.
The wounds and scars of early Christians and even of Christ Himself became a symbol of their unwavering faith that speaks more powerfully than words ever can. Why were they willing to suffer so? What are their scars telling us? And how can they provide help in dealing with our own wounds and scars? That is the message of this book, which is divided into thirteen chapters each with numerous Scripture references and questions for reflection. It is perfect for Bible classes, small group discussions, and personal devotions. Using the blind man of John 9, who could not answer all the questions asked by the Pharisees but simply replied, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see,” Hall suggests that when we come across arguments which we may not fully understand and which could cause doubt, we can respond, “But what about the scars?”