Let me share with you about an amazing author you have probably never heard of named Nelson Hannah. In May of 2012, I served on staff at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference as an editor for WhiteFire Publishing. I love working conferences, but they can also be overwhelming for me. Nelson Hannah was the calm in the midst of my storm that week. When he came to me for his editor appointment, he was relaxed, confident, and kind. His experience as a pastor came shining through right away. I loved his gentle spirit and the premise of his book, and I was excited about the possibility of adding him to our WhiteFire family.
he did something no other conferee has ever done for me before or
since. He offered to pray for me. Well, I jumped on that opportunity! As
he took my hands right there in the appointment room and began to pray,
the presence and peace of the Holy Spirit washed over me in a very
tangible way. He prayed words over me that God had been speaking to me
just that morning in my own quiet time. And I knew for certain: this guy
was the real deal. I wanted more of whatever he had to offer.
an editor for WhiteFire, I only read Nelson's proposal and handed it
along to our non-fiction editor. This fall, I finally had a chance to
read the full finished product, and I was even more blessed than I
No Plan B is by far the best book I
have ever read about our identity in Christ. This seems to be an area
of significant disparity in beliefs between born-again Christians who
are all diligent students of God's word and good-hearted people. Nelson
cuts through the excesses on both sides and finds that narrow road of
truth. He debunks a lot of religious sounding, yet unscriptural, ideas
to get to the heart of who God intends his children to be. Rather than
try to summarize Nelson's ideas, let me offer some little snippets to
whet your appetite.
And it still is...
too many of God's sons and daughters still live in the confusion of
slavery rather than the comfort of their radical new identity in Christ.
We have majored on what to do when God was only interested from the
beginning in whose we are.
Jesus has been repopulating creation with a new species, reproducing himself in them.
You are not just another human being stuck in a dead-end existence
waiting for death to set you free so you can experience the wonder of
heaven. No, eternal life began for you the moment you met Jesus.
has become a term that overwhelms some believers with fear and
apprehension. Yet it is a biblical description of our position and power
in Christ. We must reclaim it, believe it, receive it, and start
walking out this privileged position in our daily lives. It is our
inheritance, a necessary part of God's gift to us.
Okay, I think that should be enough to pique your interest. If not, let
me also mention that beloved CBA author, James Rubart, wrote the
foreword for this book. You can check that out and also read a sample of
(or order!!!) Nelson's amazing book here.
me close by saying that I have taught and even written about many ideas
in this book, and I still walked away from it with clearer
understanding and a sense of awe. I am blessed to have read this book
and honored to have been a small part of its birth into the world. It
gets my highest recommendation, and I strongly encourage you to read it
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