Could this be God?

Bumping into God in the everyday

Brian Harris

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In a series of pithy, poignant and profound short readings, this book explores the intersection of faith and life. Spotting parables in the everyday, it equips readers to explore whether they might be bumping into God without realising it. Heartening and often funny, it applies biblical truth in a way that both fascinates and liberates.

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Dr Brian Harris has been the Principal of Perth's Vose Seminary since the start of 2004. Born in South Africa, and a New Zealander by citizenship, he is married to Rosemary and they have three adult children and one grandchild. In demand as a speaker, teacher and writer, Brian speaks at conferences, theological colleges and churches around Australia as well as in other parts of the world. He has a special focus on training leaders. He serves as a director of Christian Schools Australia, chairs the Carey Group (and is also pastor at large for the Carey movement), is the vice-president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, is a member of the Commission on Theological Education and Spiritual Formation of the Baptist World Alliance, and is an external advisor to the board of Perth's Riverview Church. He has served as a visiting international scholar at Carson Newman University in the USA. He is the author of several books, including a book on leadership, The Tortoise Usually Wins: Biblical Reflections on Quiet Leadership (Paternoster, 2013). His latest book The Big Picture: Building Blocks for a Christian World View (Paternoster, 2015) has just been released. He writes a popular monthly column for Perth's The Advocate newspaper, and hosts a growing blog at brianharrisauthor.com.

Reviews

From Rapport - Lee Abbey magazine Jan - April 2017

In a series of pithy, poignant and profound short readings, this book explores the intersection of faith and life. Spotting parables in the everyday, it equips readers to explore whether they might be bumping into God without realising it. Heartening and often funny, it applies biblical truth in a way that both fascinates and liberates.


From Church Times 24 March 2017

Those who miss Lionel Blue's take on life can be reassured that he has been reincarnated as Brian Harris, principal of a Baptist seminary in Perth, Australia. In Could this be God?, Harris presents 88 brief personal reflections on Life, Growing Faith, the Bible and Prayer, the Church, Our World, and the Seasons. He has a sharp and observant eye, is insightful, healthily self-deprecating, and effortlessly moves between the sacred and the secular.

The book teems with bons mots: 'Goliath is the sort of person you'd hate to sit behind at the movies,' 'God writes straight with crooked lines,' 'The lost sheep and the prodigal son were dechurched people,' and 'Interruptions are my work.'

He is scathing about a purring church and those in love with the wrong world, and bids us all 'to hit a six for Jesus!' Harris repeatedly bats sixers that fly way over the cricket stadium. I even forgave him for ascribing Newman's prayer 'Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life ...', a favourite of mine, to the Scottish Prayer Book.

Reviewed by The Rt Revd David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop of Llandaff

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857465009
  • Published: 23 September 2016
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
Bible Reflections for Older People - January 2016
Festival of Prayer 2017