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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Reasons For Hope In The Mosaic of Your Life

"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
1 Peter 3:15

"In a mosaic, the artist arranges pieces of cut or broken stones or tiles to create a decorative pattern.  We may struggle to grasp the overall design of a mosaic when we're looking at the individual peices up close, because what we see looks like a piece of junk, broken and useless.  But when we step back far enough to view the entire mosaic, we get a new perspective, and we see the intricate beauty of the finished masterpiece.  That enables us to grasp the original intent of the artist," explains Carl Kerby, author of Reasons For Hope In The Mosaic Of Your Life.  

Carl is president and founder of Reasons for Hope, founded in 2011 as a response to a calling from God to proclaim the authority and authenticity of the Bible.  He was previously a founding board member at Answers in Genesis for ten years and served there for over fifteen years.  Before he worked as an air-traffic controller at O'Hare International Airport.

Kerby's love for Jesus fuels a passion to engage the minds and hearts of youth and adults so that they can know the truth of God's Word.  He is a sought after speaker both in the United States and abroad.  Yet his most cherished accomplishment is his 29 year marriage to his wife, Masami, and his roles as father to his children, Alisa and Carl Jr. and grandfather to Trey.

Kerby's passion for sharing Jesus with the lost and equipping other believers to do the same shines brightly in his book, Reasons for Hope, in which he encourages the reader to "be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have".  The book is divided into three parts:
  1. Offering Reasons for Hope in a Hopeless World
  2. My Story:  From Wrestler's Son to Professional Speaker
  3. Answering Common Objections to the Christian Faith
Throughout the book, Carl reveals how God has created a beautiful mosaic from the broken pieces of his life, held together by the saving grace of the cross of Jesus Christ.  As readers join Carl's journey, they will come to understand how the bigger picture of their own lives reveals a unique and beautiful mosaic.  With a deep passion for the Lord and sharing the truth of God's Word and the gospel along with a conversational and whitty style of writing, Kerby exemplifies through both example and the written word that no matter what the circumstances, God gathers up the broken pieces of life and forms them into something beautiful, all according to His purpose and plan.

Carl's story will not only give reasons for hope but will also encourage readers to share their only true hope, Jesus Christ, with a world that so desperately needs to hear.  You will walk away knowing that the broken pieces of your life can be used by God to make a beautiful and useful vessel for His work.

Reasons for Hope can be ordered from by going HERE.

*Audra Jennings from The B&B Media Group Inc. sent me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.