December 24, 2013 § 2 Comments
I’ve just read a most fascinating book. It’s entitled Tell It To The World, it’s by C. Mervyn Maxwell (son of Uncle Arthur), and it’s about the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
For the most part, I’ve grown up Adventist. But I guess technically, I was an Adventist when my parents became Adventists. I was about 2 or 3 when my mom was baptized into the church and my dad joined a few years later. I was baptized when I was about 11 or 12. So I grew up with the standard SDA teachings and I accepted it. And now that I’m in college, I’m learning more about my faith and reaffirming and strengthening my relationship with God. I must say, it’s a wonderful journey.
The book starts off with William Miller. He is a key pioneer in the SDA movement. It was he who let God use him to spread the knowledge of Christ’s soon coming. And it was through the Great Disappointment of 1844 that people really studied their Bibles to find their mistakes and learn of even more truth with regard to our part in the great controversy between good and evil. Maxwell takes us through the ups and downs of the SDA movement and through the many people that were a part of it. Some, like Ellen White, were key to letting people know of God’s will. Some, like J. H. Kellogg, were a part of the faith but because of their lack of faith, turned away from God. Maxwell also describes key events in SDA history, how schools were established, how we grew with God’s power.
I don’t think I can fully describe the book without writing a book myself. So I fully recommend it. Whether or not you are Adventist.