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Book: Glimpses of Eternity: Studies in the Parables of Jesus
Author: Paul Earnhart
Cover Illustrator: Jonathan Hardin
Publisher: DeWard Publishing, 2012
Related website(s): http://www.deward.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
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Earnhart, Paul. Glimpses of Eternity: Studies in the Parables of Jesus (Published in 2012 by DeWard Publishing Company Ltd., P.O. Box 6259, Chillicothe, OH 45601). The Bible says of our Lord that on one occasion, “All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables, and without a parable He did not speak to them” (Matthew 13:34). When I was growing up, we were always told that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. And that about sums it up. Author Paul Earnhart is my friend. I first met him back in the very early 1980s. We have never had the opportunity to be close since then, but our paths have crossed several times through the years, and I admire him greatly.
The studies in Glimpses of Eternity are the compilation of a series of over sixty articles written by Paul for Christianity Magazine, of which he was a co-editor. After a few introductory chapters by way of general explanations, Paul seeks to find the meaning and make proper application of all the parables of Jesus, from “The Friends of the Bridegroom” (Matthew 9:14-15) to “The Final Crisis” in the separation of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Avoiding speculation, he handles difficult texts with common sense and wisdom in a thought provoking way to provide good insight into these most interesting stories told by our Lord and to help us see the depth of their teachings.