Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Bryant Cornett
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
“We are living in those few moments between the rooster’s first crow – familiarity, worldliness, getting by, chores, provision, warming ourselves on the porch – and the second crow – shame, realization, loss, despair, weeping,” Bryant Cornett states in his book, A Rooster Once Crowed: A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told.
This two hundred and seven page paperback book is targeted toward Christians who want verification of their salvation or those seeking the true and only answer to an eternity with the Almighty God. After an introduction, there are ten chapters followed by an afterword, a Scripture index, and reference notes. Using the New American Standard Bible, boxed highlighted verses are written out on almost every page.
Cornett begins his book correlating the Biblical story of the cock crowing when Peter denied he knew Jesus to discussing being on a porch and making the decision to step forward to the unknown or step back inside, where it is safe, familiar, and warm. The writer says one crow is the opportunity to turn around while the second crow is the realization of truth.
Chapters start with the creation, explaining the Trinity, and how we are invited to a Great Dance in heaven with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man’s fall of sin, the story of Cain and Abel, and the Old Testament prophets are discussed, continuing into Jesus’s birth, death, burial, and resurrection.
Explaining the simplistic plan of salvation that Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a virgin, shed His blood on the cross, dying for our sins, and rose again the third day, the final chapters of the book are the climax.
With the author’s own stories including visions along with quotes from Cornelius Plantinga, Tim Keller, C.S. Lewis, Hugh Ross, Flannery O’Connor, and Lon Solomon to Dante, Dickens, Hawking, and Hugo, some of the focus is lost of the Great Dance involving the step of service, beat of love, and tune of belief.
Since the writing is based mainly on a personal relationship with Christ, not a division of religious beliefs within Christianity, those unsure or question may be guided by the Holy Spirit to make an eternal choice before the cock crows thrice by reading this book.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network Inc. in lieu of review based on the honest reader’s opinion.