Can you say, like Esther did, 'If I perish, I perish?'
"I know of nothing quite so boring as Christianity without Christ." With these words, Ian Thomas establishes himself as a man who loves not just the purposes of God, but the Person of God Himself.
"Countless people have stopped going to a place of worship simply because they are sick of going through the motions of a dead religion. They are tired of trying to start a car on an empty tank! What a pity it is that there are not a few more people around to tell them that Jesus Christ is alive. I spoke of nothing more boring than Christianity without Christ, but I know of nothing so utterly exciting as being a Christian—sharing the very life of Jesus Christ on earth right here and now, and being caught up with Him into the relentless, invincible purposes of an almighty God, and with all the limitless resources of deity available for the job.
"Can you imagine anything more exciting than that?"
Major Ian Thomas, If I Perish, I Perish
In If I Perish, I Perish, Ian Thomas delves into the story of Esther to clarify and illustrate spiritual truths soundly established and substantiated elsewhere in the Bible. Every Christian is called to be crucified with Christ and to become alive in the Spirit. Thomas uses the Book of Esther to beautifully depict just what that entails.
"There is most certainly a legitimate place for healthy self-respect in your life as a Christian, but it is the self-respect that derives from your personal relationship to Jesus Christ. On this basis you can learn to love the most unlovely of your neighbors, because you know that if there is anything that you can love or respect about yourself, it is only what Christ has made of you."