The book will help followers of Jesus better understand their faith, survive in a changing world, and lead toward a richer and more satisfying life. It will also help those who have not yet found a faith to be able to make a more informed decision on whether to follow Jesus or not.
The many Bible references make it a rewarding book for personal and small group study, or for teaching classes. A discussion guide is included at the end of the book.
The author is sympathetic toward those who have negative opinions of Christians, the church, and Biblical beliefs. Also, non-readers will appreciate not having to read the entire book, but can select parts.
The book will answer questions that both believers and unbelievers may have wondered about. Readers are intrigued when they read the 26 chapter titles covering various subjects of interest. For example, chapter 15 discusses “The Value of Suffering”. In a world where evils exist everyone experiences some degree of suffering. Increased insights can help all of us better endure our sufferings and actually gain emotional strength and maturity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jay Ashbaucher has been pastor of the Evangelical Church in the rural town of Glasgow, Montana for 43 years. He is a Master of Divinity graduate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He worked 20 years as a 5th step counselor and lecturer in an alcoholic-drug treatment center getting to know the hearts of people struggling to get well. He has experience in counseling a wide range of problems with people from all walks of life, and taught grief classes at a local hospital. Since moving to Montana he has enjoyed racquetball, hunting, fishing, and traveling the Big Sky State. He enjoys reading, hiking, golfing, time with friends, and time with his beautiful and fun-to-be-with wife. Jay and his wife, both originally from Ohio, have two happily married children, and seven grandchildren.
ABOUT THE COVER
In January 2014, the author was hiking in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle. He was sitting on a moss-covered log to rest when he saw it. Directly in front of him was this contrast between light and dark. It was stunning and beautiful and he felt compelled to take the picture. As he sat contemplating the scene, lines from two of Robert Frost’s poems came to mind. “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.” And then, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
STORY FROM THE BACK COVER OF THE BOOK
The author was hunting in the foothills of a Montana mountain range. Somehow he became separated from his friends and sudden darkness extinguished all light of day. He called out and there was no answer. Being a stranger to those mountains, not knowing where he was, he began to panic. Then he remembered something his friends once told him: don’t panic, climb to the top of a hill, and look around. He did so and saw three lights in three different directions. This is good, he thought, one of them might be the cabin we are staying in. Seeing light gave him hope, even though the light seemed so small and far away. He chose a light to follow and began his journey. Up and down the hills, crossing deep snow banks, often losing sight of the light, he plodded on. What relief and joy and thanksgiving to God overwhelmed him when he arrived at a cabin – it was the right one. Each chapter in “Out of Darkness into the Light” identifies some darkness that needs to be overcome. Each chapter offers the light of Jesus and God’s word as an antidote to darkness.