Surprisingly, the story of Jonah might be similar to our own story. We may have never purchased a one-way ticket to a faraway city (although we might have felt like it at times) nor have we been thrown overboard only to be swallowed up by a great big fish. Preaching to people considered to be our enemy seems unthinkable. Nonetheless, as we examine Jonah’s life and peer into his soul, it becomes evident that we can relate to him in many ways. Jonah’s transparency teaches us about ourselves and gives insight into our lives as Christians living in the twenty-first century. God never gave up on Jonah because He had a unique job for Jonah to fulfill. As we consider God’s great plan and our involvement in it, we must remember that each one of us is called to be a part of this great plan, and that part is unique to each of us! This study offers fresh perspective and practical insight through biblical investigation interwoven with real-life stories. Each chapter contains thought-provoking study questions for personal reflection and rich discussion for small groups. This book will greatly benefit those who are interested in learning more about the Book of Jonah and how it relates to modern day life.
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Kathleen Fleming was in pastoral ministry for many years with her husband, Stan, and was involved in worship, preaching, women’s ministries, and missions. She has taught in both Christian and public education for over 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in teaching with endorsements in French and English and currently teaches language arts to middle school students, the best age group ever! In 2009, her husband started Gate Breaker Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that trains and equips pastors and leaders around the world. Gate Breaker Ministries has also started schools for women and children in Pakistan. Kathleen helps and supports her husband in this ministry and is excited for the future and for what the Lord has in store. She enjoys swimming, skiing, and being with her family. She and her husband live in Meridian, Idaho. For more information about Gate Breaker Ministries, visit www.gatebreakers.com. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to help GBM’s ministry efforts in Pakistan.
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