How shattered dreams became reality (Lessons from the life of Joseph) – Jack Hay

139 pages, Paperback. Published by John Ritchie Ltd, 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, Scotland. ISBN-13: 978-1-912522-74-3.

The life and character of Joseph has attracted the attention of many writers over the years. No doubt it is because in this narrative Genesis record the sovereign and overruling hand of God is seen; practical lessons can be drawn, and pictures of the life and pathway of the Saviour shine through. Some expositors would have us believe, because it is not specifically stated in the New Testament, that Joseph does not qualify as a type of Christ. In my opinion, one would need to take a very myopic view of the details of Joseph’s life to draw that conclusion!

The content of this new publication first appeared in the Present Truth magazine, but has now been made available to a wider readership in book form. The author is well known and appreciated by many for his oral and written ministry over a good number of years and in many parts of the world. This book will therefore be a welcome addition to any believer’s library as the experiences of Joseph are traced in Hay’s clear and concise style.

The well-loved story is told in eighteen chapters, each divided by sub-headings and developed in a similar pattern. First, the narrative is explained, then comparisons, and, on occasion, contrasts, are made with the Lord Jesus. As each chapter is opened up, the many practical lessons relevant to all believers are made clear. A feature that marks the ministry of this author is his capacity to draw on both Old and New Testament writings to support, explain and clarify the various points made, whether doctrinal, devotional or practical; an ability which demonstrates a lifelong devotion to the scriptures. Scripture references are unobtrusive throughout, enabling the narrative to flow, and the pages are not littered with footnotes and endnotes which are often left unread!


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