The overall theme of the book was to lead the reader through the story in a way that they could see how Josh developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He began by simply knowing about Him. Then he prayed in faith, he sought after His Spirit as a guiding “Voice” in his life. As he was obedient, he was given more tests, more experiences that brought him closer and expanded his faith. Eventually, because he persisted, he actually came to know Jesus on a personal level. This is the theme. It is heady stuff for some, but I believe it is what Jesus meant when He said, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)
This book is filled with humor, danger, adventure, and all kinds of unexpected twists to keep the reader engaged in the journey Josh Knight experiences as he learns to “know God.” Each of us, if we will simply “be believing” can reach up to Him and if we are persistent, we will find Him.
This morning I read through each review about my book on Amazon and was touched by the many heartfelt writings. Each person pulled something different from the book and I wished I had more prizes to spread around as they were all so good. I tried to weave into the story the different principles that have helped me in my life, and each would lead ultimately to the overall theme.
Here is part of the reviews that qualified to win the prizes:
Dee Dee Manning wrote:
“McNaughton reminds us that we have a loving Father who wants us to come to Him with our prayers, our love, our thanks and gratitude and who wants to have a deep personal relationship with us.”
Ellen McKittnick wrote:
“Don’t stop seeking God . . . we are here to find God and spread the light.”
I was looking for themes about seeking God and developing a personal relationship with Him.
From the book it reads:
Chapter 5, Sacred Treasure
“How many of you have accepted Jesus and believe in Him?” said Nathaniel with a loud roaring voice.
The congregation stood on their feet and shouted praises to God. Josh could feel the electricity in the room.
And then with a whisper, Nathaniel said, “How many of you - not just believe in Him, … but know Him.” The room was silent.
“The Master desires to be your closest friend, come to Him, pray to Him, love Him, show him it’s not just idle words. Where is your heart and your treasure? Come unto Jesus and you will find a treasure greater than diamonds or pearls, Amen.” Nathaniel turned and without a word, left the chapel.”
Chapter 12, Build an Altar
“Josh felt a great desire to go seeking after God. How would he do it? He thought about how the Indians would seek Him through signs in the heavens or the signs of nature. Many people look for miracles and read their Bible; they go to church. But how should he do it?
Josh remembered the “Grand Master Key” that Nathaniel taught him.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and abraideth not; and it shall me given him.
Josh decided that prayer and asking was the best way for him to accomplish his task. Just as the verse said, he lacked wisdom and needed to know. He would do it—he would ask God.”
Again, thank you to all those who participated in the contest and I’ll keep you posted as the sequels to the book are published!