A debut book offers a pastoral exploration of the meaning of Christian faith.
Faile explains that prior to his mother’s fatal battle with cancer, God revealed various definitions of faith to him. These disclosures, fleshed out with scriptural examples, form the framework for this brief work. The author utilizes short chapters, each starting with a relevant Bible passage, to provide a spiritual lesson. Each lesson includes a definition of faith, or at least a description of the work of devotion in the life of a believer. These are wide-ranging but truth-bearing: “Faith isn’t bound by what we see or believe but by what God sees in us and believes for us”; “Faith is believing God will do what you can’t”; “Faith comes by hearing and is strengthened by obeying,” to list only a few. The scriptural passages undergirding these delineations call to mind great heroes of faith, such as Elijah and Paul, as well as minor characters like the woman with a bleeding problem or the believing centurion. Faile brings up a number of very real issues of faith and continuing discipleship, including examining works resulting from spiritual belief, leaving one’s comfort zone, putting trust in God instead of in worldly things, and using devotion as a gateway to accepting God’s grace. Drawing on his background as a pastor, Faile is able to address authentic questions and problems with the benefit of extensive experience. His book is a completely accessible work for believers and spiritual seekers of any age. The author’s approach is thoroughly traditional and orthodox yet far from fundamentalist or judgmental in tone. The volume should be an especially worthwhile and simple read for newer believers who are still trying to grasp the meaning behind faith in an omnipotent God. It could even be seen as a helpful resource for other pastors and Christian educators struggling with how best to illustrate or lead discussions about faith.
An admirable guide for those seeking a greater depth of belief in God.