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Unexpected wisdom : major insight from the Minor Prophets
Schmidt, Dan, 1957-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [2002]

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174 pages ; 23 cm
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BS1560 .S33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Although the Minor Prophets are seldom studied, their words of "holy dissatisfaction" were never meant to be cordoned. Rather, they should be shared throughout all generations to fuel a robust, authentic faith in God. In Unexpected Wisdom, those words roar to life as author Dan Schmidt offers both thought-provoking and practical lessons on how readers can live in passionate relationship with the Lord.
From Jonah's story on grace to Micah's thoughts on power, Obadiah's teaching on pride to Haggai's words on choices, this book speaks with laser-sharp relevance about Christian living. And with its emphasis on the Minor Prophets, it provides a refreshing alternative to readers who search mostly New Testament books for guidance on how to grow in their faith.
Written for those who have studied the Bible for years as well as new Christians eager for insight, Unexpected Wisdom reveals age-old truth along with a modern-day challenge: God wants readers to "take a headlong plunge into life" and be "thoroughly infused by God." How can they refuse?

Author Notes

Dan Schmidt, a pastor and missionary in Costa Rica, holds degrees from Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Unexpected Wisdom is his second book.

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Minor Prophets, Major Lessons What is the basic theme of the Book of Obadiah? What does Hosea's allegory about the faithless Gomer teach us about the relationship between God and the Church? In Unexpected Wisdom: Major Insights from the Minor Prophets, Dan Schmidt answers these questions and more, bringing the oft-neglected words of Amos, Habakkuk, Haggai, Joel and others to the foreground and providing contemporary applications. He leans toward the moral, rather than the philosophical, approach; Malachi's message, Schmidt says, is to "radiate integrity" and Micah's is to "use power well." It's a different position, and one that will work well for individual or group study. ( Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
1 Receive and Extend Grace (Jonah)p. 15
2 Don't Fear the Dark (Habakkuk)p. 30
3 Abandon Pride (Obadiah)p. 44
4 Use Power Well (Micah)p. 60
5 Choose Wisely (Haggai)p. 75
6 Be Courageous (Amos)p. 92
7 Stay Close (Hosea)p. 111
8 Keep Your Heart Soft (Joel)p. 126
9 Radiate Integrity (Malachi)p. 140
10 Hope (Nahum, Zephaniah, and Zechariah)p. 154
Notesp. 170