In just a little over eight weeks, my next book, Amazed and Confused, will hit the shelves. I’ve never been this excited or this nervous about a book being released. Excited because it’s the most raw and personal book I’ve written. Nervous because…it’s the most raw and personal one I’ve written. Granted, it certainly doesn’t begin that way. The book starts with a general overview of Old Testament history and exegetical tools for reading the minor prophets. Then, it launches into a play-by-play of the book of Habakkuk.
Why did I write a book on Habakkuk? The title, Amazed and Confused, is a play off God’s exhortation to the people of Judah in Habakkuk 1:5 where He says, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!” He continued to outline a series of tragedies that were about to befall His people. Amazing? Yes. But in a way that left them completely confused. I wrote it for a few reasons:
- When people meet Habakkuk at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I want them to be able to say, “Yes, I read your book!”
- The minor prophets carry some of the most compelling and relevant messages for our generation, and yet they are the least read pages of our Bibles.
- Sometimes life doesn’t go well and God doesn’t seem to play nice, but He’s given us His promises and His presence to cling to.
- We can let what we know about our circumstances dictate how we view God’s character or we can let what we know about God’s character dictate how we view our circumstances. The book of Habakkuk helps us start with God’s character.
Look for it on March 4, 2014.