Thursday, November 19, 2009
In my first book...
John Grisham started writing by getting up at 5:00 am every morning and putting in two hours of writing before going off to the office to put in a full day as a small time prosecuting attorney.
As soon as his first book was finished, he started on his second. No one would publish his first book, but he kept writing. He now writes one book a year, and I call him the premier story teller of our time. There are now 235 million copies of his books in print.
The book detailing the most explosive change in human life, society and civilization ever ever ever begins very simply. "In my first book..." Just like John Grisham was a busy attorney when he started writing, so the author of this book was a busy doctor. His writing was part time, in addition to his other duties. His name was doctor Luke.
The book describes what happened to divide history into before and after. BC and AD.
The title is not catchy. Was there no publisher to insist on a flashy title? It is called, simply, "The Acts of the Apostles" commonly shortened to just "Acts".
It is now part of the runaway best seller of all time - The Bible.
1 -5 "Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but "must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon."
6When they were together for the last time they asked, "Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?"
7 -8 He told them, "You don't get to know the time. Timing is the Father's business. What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."
9 -11 These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, "You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left."
Thus begins the story of the acts of the apostles...