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Book Review

We have this hope : timeless Adventist sermons

An ensemble of 15 sermons from notable early Adventist history figures, We Have This Hope delivers the lifesaving message of Christ's return to the end-time church. Editor James David provides brief biographical sketches of the preachers, who include William Miller, Ellen White, A.T. Jones, Uriah Smith and others. This allows the reader to know who the speaker is and the setting of the sermon—time, place and purpose.

The speeches, given at General Conference sessions, church dedications or regular Sabbath School classes at Adventist churches in locations from coast to coast of the United States, are short and easy to read. They are not cluttered with complicated speech. Rather, each speaker uses scripture to open a topic and explain their position. Some speakers use anecdotes or quotes from Ellen White. Other speakers emphasize prophecy, specifically the 2300 days of Daniel 8.

In sum, these messages, intended for Adventist church laity, stress the following points: the everlasting gospel must be proclaimed throughout all the earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue and people; each household must be prepared; the heart must be contrite, the tongue must be tamed, the youth must be educated in the school of Christ; prophecy points to Christ's soon return. Together, the sermons spur the heart to ask for forgiveness, to desire to be a part of the Advent movement and to ponder what we are contributing to the kingdom.

I recommend this book to whoever seeks hope and faith in today's troubling world. We know that the Lord is coming. Powerful signs throughout the world are shaking the hearts of men. Blood, fire, and pillars of smoke are evidence to Jesus' soon return. We Have This Hope lets interested Christians know that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel of human history. We have a King, we have a kingdom, we have salvation, and we have hope.

By Kiehl Morgan
Submitted: July 30, 2012