The Books

A Son's Request: A Father's Response

Before he left for Iraq, Jesse put together a list of questions he wanted his father to answer. When he was killed while on patrol five months later, his list took on added significance for his father. In an act of love-and a pathway through his grief-author and minister Nathan Strong began to write.

The result is a poignant acknowledgment of a special father-son relationship and of the faith so important to both of them. The book is a collection of a father’s theological observations and life lessons shared with a son who was interested in the world from a spiritual perspective. It covers subjects of interest ranging from prayer, missions, the purpose of life and theology to marriage and family and counseling. Whether Strong is communicating with us about logic and reason or some excellent insider tips on sermons and preaching, we are drawn to his words, his messages, and the joys he shared with Jesse.

With straight-forward, common sense answers to both the basic and the complex, the book is a marvelous resource for young and old alike, for personal enjoyment or in a Bible study format. Thoughts for Jesse: A Father’s Tribute is available on amazon.com for $9.99 (plus shipping and handling), and part of the proceeds goes to the Jesse Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund to help other young people pursue a college education.

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The Littlest Shepherd: A Personal Christmas

It had been a tough year, with most of his emotional energy consumed by grief. His Marine son had been killed in combat in Iraq in January and learning to cope had drained him of his natural creative vitality. Survival was the priority, rather than creativity, although he had preached every Sunday, fulfilling his pastoral responsibilities with God’s help.

Then Christmas loomed, that special time of celebrating the Savior’s birth – God’s gift to offer redemption to a fallen world. After a year of grief, however, he had nothing left to give to others. He couldn’t even seem to find the joy of the season for himself. What could he have to share?

As he turned to his heavenly Father in his time of need, this story of a little shepherd boy came into his mind. As he wrote down how God cared for another country boy in his time of need, his understanding of God’s personal care for him filled his heart. With this fresh encouragement, he was able to share the joy of Christmas with his congregation, and now he shares it with you.

As we follow a little shepherd boy from a difficult home in Bethlehem through an amazing midnight experience and on into the rest of his life, we understand anew how God cares for each of us personally. This beautiful children’s book has an encouraging message for all ages and will turn family reading times into encouragement for all.