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Interpreting the Will of God gives Christians the necessary tools to look beyond the secular distractions that compete for our attention and to focus on the Lord's plan for us. Dr. Mack King Carter explores the nature and characteristics of God and uses his spiritual insights to provide readers with keys for knowing God's plan for their lives and having the confidence to accept his divine will.
Carter adeptly relates biblical principles to the lives of people in the pews, but he goes beyond familiar biblical teachings to consider how Christians can discern God's will through experiences of suffering, failure, and rejection, through patience, faith, and fellowship with God, through discussion with other believers, and through good, old-fashioned common sense. Practical in its orientation and in its down-to-earth guidance, Interpreting the Will of God tackles head-on what is arguably the greatest challenge and most fundamental goal of Christian living.
"Interpreting the Will of God is a powerfully presented, spiritually insightful study of the nature and characteristics of God...Recommended as a moving testament offering guidance to Christians seeking to embrace God in their lives." Midwest Review of Books
A resident of Detroit, Michigan, Jean Alicia Elster, JD, is a professional editor and writer whose articles have appeared in national publications such as World Vision and Black Child. In addition to the Joe Joe in the City series, she is the author of the young adult novel Who's Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press) which was selected as a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. She also collaborated in the manuscript preparation for the award-winning Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth by Rosa Parks (Lee & Low Books). She is the editor of several books published by Judson Press including Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys by James C. Perkins and Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens by Marvin A. McMickle.
Jean Alicia Elster and her husband are the parents of a son and a daughter.
Dr. Mack King Carter, MDiv, DMin (1947-2013), was a noted preacher, teacher, author, and lecturer.
Considered one of America's great African American pulpiteers, he travels throughout the United States and abroad preaching, teaching and lecturing. His classes at the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education are packed to capacity with preachers and lay persons who come each year to hear one of God's master teachers. Noted for his biblical scholarship, his exegetical expertise and masterful skill in homiletics and hermeneutics, he is considered a "preacher's preacher."
Prior to accepting the call to pastor the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Dr. Carter served Calvary, Watula and St. John Baptist Churches in Ocala, Florida and Green Castle Baptist Church in Prospect, Kentucky. Dr. Carter retired from New Mt. Olive Baptist Church in 2009.
He is the author of four books including A Catechism for Baptists, To Calvary and Beyond, A Quest for Freedom and the Judson Press book, Interpreting the Will of God.
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