The Silas Diary

The Silas Diary by Gene Edwards

This book was recommended by a friend and sat on my nightstand for at least a year and a half...I finally read it and enjoyed the read.

The book is written from the perspective of Silas, a Jewish follower of Jesus in the days of the early church. The story is derived from Acts 13 through Acts 16.1-5 where Paul and Barnabas were sent on their first missionary journey. The trip takes them to the island of Cyprus and on to the southern part of Galatia, then back to Antioch in Syria, Jerusalem, back to Antioch in Syria and then again to the four churches in Galatia (Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Derbe, Lystra).

When we read the accounts in Acts it is easy to gloss over what really happened. For example, in Acts 13.14 it says, "From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch..." What it doesn't say is that Perga and Pisidian Antioch are nearly 100 miles apart and traveled by foot on very dangerous roads. The author uses a great imagination and research to fill in the blanks on the travels of Paul and Barnabas.

The book is very thought provoking and made me really consider how we do "church" and how easy it is for us to look back with a critical eye trying to figure out the right way(s) to please God. I would like to find more books like this.

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