Author Notes For Web Version Of The Book


This book was published back in 2005, as a result of having done some systematic theology courses with Toronto Bible College (now Tyndale College, Toronto). It got a couple rave reviews.

But due to the nature of the publishing business, it didn’t sell. Apparently, my lack of being known might have kept anyone from buying it. And since it costs money to put a book into the food chain of bookstores, no major publisher wanted to pick it up.

In spite of a couple of great reviews, it eventually went out of print. It’s still available for purchase as a PDF version. But I’m no longer the guy who gets royalties on it (as far as I know).

New Life For An Old Book

I appreciate the space on this website to see a spot for my original book to be put out there for people to read it. After it went out of print, I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to do anything more with it.

I think a lot of people, when they read the book, say that it seems to ring true with them, although they’ve not heard this message specifically written like this elsewhere.

But I don’t think I’m the only one who believes this. And quite frankly, I think if I was the only one, I would have to question where I missed it. God has lots of people out there, and I can’t be the only one who has heard this, if it is true.

Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton come to mind as speakers who have this message woven into the way they preach.

I hope that doesn’t turn anyone off before they read the book. It was the result of some study of systematic theology I did with Tyndale College in Toronto (then Toronto Bible College).

Anyway, it is what it is. I do believe that if I were to write it again, I would write one chapter a little differently. But I won’t tell you which one.

If, after reading it, you want to guess, get in touch with me and I will let you know if you’re right.

Enjoy. I pray that God will open your eyes to the wonder of how He chooses to save in this world as he does it through His church.

Some notes on the format of the book on the web

I realize that over the last 20 years, the way people read has changed. I’ve taken the liberty of adding some slight alterations to the original book, reformatting the paragraphs to make it easier to read, and I also intend to add notes throughout as appropriate, if they turn out to be helpful.

But I’ve tried to otherwise keep the orignal text here.

Over the years, one of the most consistent bits of feedback I’ve gotten about the book is that it’s “the thickest little 87-page book I’ve ever read in my life.”

I don’t take that as a good thing, necessarily. I think it’s complicated subject matter, and so it needs some substance. But I hope perhaps to rewrite this someday, with the intention of making it more available to the average reader as much as I can.

In the meantime, chew on it, and let me know what doesn’t jive or needs clarification. THANKS!

Jamie Dech

Now, on to the book….

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