Mark Buchanan is an author and pastor living on Vancouver Island with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Adam, Sarah, and Nicola. Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Vancouvers Regent College. He reads widely. He enjoys gardening, woodworking, fishing, cycling and scuba diving. He can often be found swimming in the clear, warm rivers of Vancouver Island, or drinking strong coffee in one of its many coffee houses. He regularly plays squash, poorly, and occasionally golfs, disastrously. Mark is a popular conference and retreat speaker, but his deep love is the local church. He has published in several magazines and journals, including Christianity Today, Books & Culture, The Christian Century, Leadership Journal, Discipleship Journal, and others. He has written five books, Your God is Too Safe; Things Unseen; The Holy Wild; The Rest of God; and, most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight. He is working on a novel
Can God be trusted? Canadian pastor and author Buchanan (Things Unseen; Your God Is Too Safe) argues yes in this hard-hitting evangelical book, which brandishes vivid imagery and biblical truth. Writing in colorful, expressive terms, Buchanan engages readers' hearts and attention as he challenges them to trust in three divine attributes: God's benevolent nature, his saving nature and his majestic nature. Opening with a discussion of soul weariness, which most Christians experience at various times, Buchanan emphasizes the importance of trusting in a faithful God. A common obstacle to this trust is that Christians desire a God of love, but want to forget his equally essential quality as a God of wrath. Does anyone really want a God who is devoid of anger, asks Buchanan-especially when that anger is a purifying fire that responds to godlessness and wickedness? Interestingly, Buchanan notes that God's wrath is played out most fully not when he delivers retribution but when he leaves his children to their own way-alone for all eternity. The author's passion convinces readers to dare enough to embrace the gift of rest from God. Though the reading generally moves along at a fast clip, the book's second section focuses on the foundations of salvation in lackluster fashion. The final sections, however, pick up momentum to finish in fine style. (Oct.) Forecast: Buchanan's two previous books have combined sales of 50,000 copies, making him an up-and-coming writer in the evangelical market. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.