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May20FriCommissioner Wesley Harris' new book explores prayer, holiness, Salvationism and mission. May 20, 2011 Review by Major Stephen Court
Writing the Vision is easy to read but hard to ignore. The tenth book written by Commissioner Wesley Harris includes articles taken from the online magazine Journal of Aggressive Christianity, stories categorized as Truth—Stranger Than Fiction, a series of imaginary letters to the Apostle Paul inspired by an unlikely dream and selected poems that reveal the motivation of the writer to “Write the vision and make it plain” (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)
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A former territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, Commissioner Harris responds to the challenge effectively. He spins conventional wisdom with God's wisdom, weaving in lessons on prayer, holiness, Salvationism, mission, attitude, innovation and the Bible.
Commissioner Harris is a rare breed. He is a dedicated Salvationist, a widely read wordsmith and a three-time territorial commander. Upon his retirement 18 years ago, he began teaching religion at the local public school, a volunteer role he filled for 15 years.
He also represents a connection to our earliest days as his mentor served as private secretary to General William Booth (a story you can read about in his book).
Writing the Vision has something for everyone:
• busy people will appreciate the concise and pithy chapters.
• veteran Salvationists will be reminded of what The Salvation Army is all about.
• newcomers will encounter a wide-ranging introduction to the Army.
• young people will get a taste of history and inspiration from a true enthusiast.
Writing the Vision is “full of simple, yet often startling, insights and down-to-earth common sense,” says General Eva Burrows (Rtd). “It's a book to treasure and return to again and again.”