Broadman & Holman
An interesting, constructive, and challenging Bible commentary, Fire and Rain gives as much information about contemporary discipleship (including the author‘s) as it does about Elijah. A deceptively easy book to read, this volume suddenly stops you in mid-sentence with sharp, vital ideas about living the Christian life. Starting with the roll call of Israel’s evil kings, in 1 Kings 15, the text then discusses Elijah’s life, verse by verse from 1 Kings 16. As I progressed through Fire and Rain, two other Bible passages gained relevancy in my mind: Rom. 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” and, Psalm 50:15, “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me,” (both quoted from ESV). As contemporary life gets more difficult, and Christians receive numerous, deeper challenges from their Lord, books like Fire and Rain provide food for growth, strength, and stamina by leading constantly to the Scripture and thence to God.
Other interest-catching items within these pages include: quotes from widely variety of sources, such as Abigail Adams, Theodore Epp, Japanese proverbs, and Mike Tyson; clever, useful lists for Christian living, for example: pluses brought about by change, and, the treasures found in the rough spots of living; and cameo biographies.
President of his own teaching ministry, former pastor, and Christian author, Ray Pritchard uses his broad field of expertise to enhance this book. He read extensively into Christian literature, both ancient and modern, to aid his writing, and gives ample credit to all those authors. Fire and Rain will be of value for personal and group study, and can be read chapter by chapter as a devotional. It is also a book which can be opened at random to find valuable tidbits. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
In Fire and Rain, Ray Pritchard tells the story of Elijah – God’s mountain man. While Elijah may not be as recognizable a character as Noah, Moses, or Abraham, he is a hero whom God raised up to confront an idolatrous nation, and deliver His message. A big risk-taker for God, Elijah was unafraid to lay it all on the line, and go against status quo.
Elijah was a warrior for God. He was uncouth and unrefined, yet God used him to shake a nation. Journey with him from the mountains where he went before the king; to the brook where he lived with a widow; to Mount Carmel where he faced the prophets of Baal; through the desert; and then to a cave on Mount Horeb. His journey demonstrates that God often multiplies his tests. Nothing in Elijah’s life happens by chance. Every step has been ordered by the Lord to prepare him for greater work to come.
Twenty-eight hundred years later, Elijah speaks today to the twenty-first century, and we’ll be changed by God’s mountain man as we learn from his story: Those who risk little achieve little. Those who risk the most gain the most. Carpe diem. Seize the day!