What we have here is a collection of direct and simple testimonies from men and women who trust in God and who live their lives in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Such people leave themselves open to all manner of misunderstanding, suspicion and rejection by “the world”; yet they know also the abundant joys which come from living as children of God. Theirs is a way of looking, seeing and hearing which finds the work and presence of God in all things, not least in the hopes and aspirations, suffering and trials of ordinary people and ordinary experience. The Holy Spirit transforms such ordinariness into the extraordinariness of living human potential to the full.
Anyone who knows John Wright, the compiler of this little book, has met a man who has known the depths and heights of human experience and who radiates a childlike exuberance in the wonders and mysteries of God’s ways. He converts not by argument but by the infectious sharing of his own story – his foolishness, his faith, his delight in and love of all kinds of people, from trainee preachers to providential railway companions. The meditation on ‘Brokenness’ (p 26) set beside the encounter he records in ‘The Boy Friend’ (p 31) captures the range of his insight and the warmth of his faith, and the presentation of these testimonies accords with Cardinal Newman’s observation that the heart is commonly reached, not through the reason, but through the imagination, by means of direct impressions, by the testimony of facts and events, by history, by description. Persons influence us, voices melt us, looks subdue us, deeds inflame us.
“May this little book lead those who read it, and respond to it with faith, nearer to the Living God.”
Dr Ralph Townsend – Headmaster of Winchester College
“There is something for everyone in these uplifting readings to be enjoyed on The Road to Jerusalem. The stories and experiences all testify to the faithfulness of our God and the truth of His promises. Even a quick read, by the busy traveller, will be very rewarding!”
General Sir Richard Dannatt GCB CBE MC
“Once again John Wright has produced a remarkable collection of personal stories which show the transforming power of the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit”.
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach – Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
“The age of miracles is not past, indeed, God’s hand is to be discerned each day in the wondrous things He is doing. Sadly, blindness and hardness of heart are also part of our daily experience. John Wright has taken to heart our Lord’s commission to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1). Do we want to see Jesus? John Wright’s response, like that of the earliest apostles, is ‘Come and see.’ (John 1:46). It is the Lord’s doing and it is wondrous in our eyes.
Rt Rev Peter Fox, formerly Bishop of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.