Well, the cat’s out of the bag, as they say.
Yesterday, my buddy Chuck Norris – yes, THAT Chuck Norris – wrote a column promoting my newest book. I couldn’t be more tickled about what he had to say. It’s an honor that anyone would read my work and review it so favorably. But Chuck Norris? That’s the stuff of which fantasies are spun.
There’s just one problem: The book will not be out for nearly six months.
But it is, without doubt, of all the many books I have written and collaborated on, the most exciting to me. It’s all I want to talk about, yet, I dare not. Why? Because it’s not for release until September.
It’s called, “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.” It was an ambitious project I began more than two years ago, even while I was working on my previous effort, “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age.” They are both inextricably linked, yet completely different books.
Anyone who actually knows me, speaks to me for more than five minutes or even anyone who has run into me in the last six or eight months knows that this book is my obsession.
I’m not going to tell you any more about than that, except to say, “The title explains it all.”
Have you ever heard anyone make that claim before? Is it really possible that the Gospel can be found in every book of the Old Testament – all 39? That’s what I wanted to know when I set out to research it. While researching “Restitution,” I was overwhelmed with how much Gospel I found in the Hebrew Scriptures. I wondered out loud to people if it could be true that it was in every book. So I started searching the difficult books, the ones that seemed most unlikely to contain the Gospel message. And when I found it in those, I knew I had something.
But enough on that. I just need to curb my enthusiasm for now, knowing that the time to talk about a book is when it’s out.
In fact, to add even more confusion to my literary repertoire, if that is possible, I’m also currently working on a new, updated and expanded edition of “Restitution.” And here’s more information you don’t need or want. I am simultaneously working on a book to follow-up “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.”
So, let me simplify all this for you: There’s only one book I am still currently promoting, “The Restitution of All Things.” It’s got a lot of life in it. It’s unique in the marketplace. And look what it led to! All I want to write about now is the Word, the Holy Scriptures, what the Holy Spirit is showing me as I study them.
Maybe you’re wondering how Chuck Norris even got to see my new book. Well, I’ve been doing something I’ve never before done with a book. I’ve never been one to seek out a lot of endorsements – although I’ve gotten some really big ones. Normally, I give endorsements about 15 minutes of thought that goes something like this: “Who would be the best person to endorse this book?” Then I get a copy of the manuscript to that person and hope for the best.
This time was different.
Because I think this book has so much potential to open up the Hebrew Scriptures to people, I felt like I needed to get a lot of them. Frankly, who am I to tackle such a book? Am I a pastor? No. Am I a theologian? No. Do I have a doctor of divinity degree? No. Did I go to Bible college? No.
But does that disqualify me from discovering something in the Bible that no one else has? No!
That’s one of the amazing things about God’s Word. No matter how many millions of people read it and study it over time, discoveries can still be made. Anyone, even me, can do it. And, when this book comes out in September, I hope it inspires believers and un-believers alike to open up the Bible with fresh new eyes and spirit.
In the meantime, you have the next six months to read “The Restitution of All Things,” in its current, original form, to give you plenty to think about.
And, did I forget to say a hearty thank you to my buddy Chuck Norris for the glowing praise? Many, many thanks and blessings to you, to Gena and to your great pastor, Todd.
Watch this interview of Joseph Farah discussing ‘The Restitution of All Things”: