About the Book
Book: Forgotten Faith
Author: Lauren Reeves
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Devotional
Release Date: December 20, 2019
When Christians are challenged to explain what they believe and why, too many fall short. Do the majority of Christians feel true commitment to their faith anymore? Are they able to retain hope and perseverance when trials come? Or do they find themselves questioning God’s goodness? We live in a time where Christians seem to have forgotten their once strong faith.
In her book Forgotten Faith, popular podcaster and speaker Lauren Reeves teaches Genesis in a way that keeps her reader wanting more. She provides the foundation necessary to make the rest of the Bible make sense long after this book’s last page is turned. From cover to cover, the believer will find a fascinating study of Genesis and that Genesis and Revelation go hand in hand, painting a picture of the End Times and the reason for hope. The content has the ability to do for readers what might otherwise take years of study to unveil.
Forgotten Faith seeks to uncover treasures in Genesis that have long been hidden away, treasures that are relevant to today and the End of Days and have been waiting for the right time to be known—and the time is now.
Behold, I am coming soon . . . I am the Alpha and Omega,
the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
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About the Author
Lauren Reeves loves to encourage the heart of a person into a deeper walk with Christ. She believes the mind informs the heart, so offering resources that are engaging and fascinating is necessary. Bible literacy ranks as one of the biggest ways she wants to influence the body of Christ, and she has an extraordinary gift for explaining intimidating theological ideas in easy-to-understand ways that keep a reader wanting more.
She is the co-host of Joy for the Journey Podcast with Tammy Whitehurst (www.joyforthejourneypodcast.com) and loves teaching God’s word, songwriting, and leading people into worship. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Christian apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Baylor University. Lauren and her family live on a ranch in Texas. Learn more at www.laurenreeves.com
More from Lauren
Why did I write this book? Because I’ve often been told that learning and understanding Genesis is the foundation for the rest of the Bible. Much of the Christian worldview can be found there, which effects our decision making. But Genesis not only lays the foundation for the rest of the Bible, it is closely linked with Revelation, the last book in the Bible. Just about every time I’ve asked a Bible study group what they would like to learn about next, one of the number one answers was always “Revelation” or “End Times Events.” Even though for years people have been hungry to learn more about Revelation, most Christians and churches try to steer clear of this subject because the end times plan can be intimidating and is not 100 percent clear from Jesus’s revelation to John in that book. Since differing opinions often cause dissension, people understandably avoid areas of the Bible that aren’t absolutely clear. However, I believe those words would not have been given to us to read if we were supposed to avoid studying them. For that reason, I’ve taken the risk and written a book on Genesis that ties Genesis and Revelation together helping us to understand the end times plan more clearly. One thing I hope is clear in my book, though, is you don’t have to agree with my interpretation of end times events to glean great truths and a greater understanding of the Bible through my book. One stance had to be taken to talk about the subject in detail, but truly, if a reader does not agree with my stance, it’s not a big deal. There’s way more to the book than that. The goal was to make us all think on and around Genesis and Revelation to help us study it and have opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal truths to us through the Word. I hope other books are written from different end times stances so we can read and study from a different angle. The more we read from different angles, the more we grow in knowledge and understanding. It is my belief that being certain that there IS an end times plan is what helps anchor the hope of Christ firmly in our souls. If we don’t have a forward view, it is so easy to get stuck in the tunnel vision of the here and now, which can often appear hopeless. So, now more than ever before, Christians need to be studying the first book of the Bible to know what we believe and the last book of the Bible to know that there is an end times plan that is sure and wonderful. I hope this book stirs your soul in a unique way. It is deep, yet devotional. I really believe it is a book for today.
Author Interview with Lauren Reeves
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
Hmm, can it be someone who has passed away already? If so, I would have to say Mister Rogers. He’s so fascinating to me. I’ve watched a couple of documentaries about him and recently went and saw a movie about him. After every one of the films, I have walked away thinking, I want to be more like Mister Rogers and truly see people and make each one a priority. How we love is so important to the Christian walk, and Mister Rogers was a devout Christian who loved well.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me WHEN I DON’T HAVE A DEADLINE. Deadlines totally stress me out. But I guess at the same time I need them to keep me on track. I just find I enjoy writing more when there is either no deadline or a deadline with lots of extra time to creatively reflect, ponder, and pray before each writing session. I’ve tried to make doing these things a priority even with deadlines, but it’s just harder.
How did writing this book grow you spiritually?
Oh wow. I grew a LOT through the research and writing of this book! I had studied a lot about Genesis and a lot about Revelation, and although I knew they tied together here and there, I didn’t realize how many times they actually tipped their hat at each other. That was so profound to me as I was writing. It truly felt like it was being revealed to my soul, and that’s an exciting feeling.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m a total animal lover. I constantly war between wanting to rescue dogs and horses (or any other creature for that matter!) and writing books. Writing books won out because it feels more urgent at the moment, but you can often find me sitting next to an animal or begging my husband to agree to “just one more” to add to the family! We currently have two horses, two dogs, a cat, a couple of hand-raised geese, and some less tame ducks that flew in and decided to make our pond their home. I mean the free corn might have enticed them. I can’t be certain! Ha!
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Hmm. Well I guess two things. 1) I love poetry and 2) even though people might mistake me as an extrovert when they first meet me, I’m actually more of an introvert deep down. I do love people very very much, but I also know that after I am around people for a while, I need to get alone to “refuel.”
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Of course C.S. Lewis, but also Arthur Pink, Timothy Keller, Frank Turek, Beth Moore, Philip Yancey, several seminary professors…I could go on and on. I am a firm believer that a good teacher needs to be a good student first. If don’t have something of much substance to say, I’d rather not say anything at all. Words are powerful. They can get you in trouble but they can also be used to speak life, truth, warning, love, and healing into people’s hearts. So I like to set myself under many different authors and teachers so God can weave together substantial messages into my own heart to be shared with others.
Goodness. Do I have to choose just one? Okay, I’ll narrow it down to two. A serious one and a funny one. The first one is from C.S. Lewis. It reminds me that I cannot and should not live life protecting my heart. Jesus let himself feel every emotion to it’s depth. Even when Lazerus died, Jesus sat in the moment and wept in personal grief of losing Lazerus, even knowing he was about to bring him back to life. He didn’t jump over one emotion and linger in the safer ones, Jesus felt each emotion appropriately and deeply. That’s such a lesson to me because I tend to want to live my life with walls around my heart so I don’t have to feel the touch emotions. That’s why this C.S. Lewis quote is one of my favorites. I think Lewis was getting at the same thing: “There is no save investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung, and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give you heart to no one, not even an animal.”
The second quote is funny because it’s true for me! “Some days I amaze myself. Other days I put my keys in the fridge.” – Unknown
When did you start writing?
Jesus came alive to my heart when I was a freshman in high school. It was after this experience I suddenly felt a deep need to write. I’ve never actually thought about that timing before you asked me this question. I guess I have not realized until now that the two came together. That’s interesting. It makes me ponder the notion that God stirred a desire for writing in me when He called me and I followed. That’s so moving to me at this particular time with the release of this book. The heart of the Father never ceases to amaze me!
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Definitely setting aside dedicated time for it. It truly is a discipline and one I am not always good at committing to. But once I’m typing on the keyboard, my mind and my heart feel like they’re exactly where they are supposed to be for the moment.
How do you do research for your books?
I’ve found I prefer to listen to the flow of my interests in the Bible and the questions I struggle with. Usually I start seeing a pattern in a theme I am intrigued by or questions that trouble me and I just start seeking out authors, scholars, and teachers that have gone before me. Once I start learning about my themes of interest and the answers to my troubling questions, they some how end up falling together.
Thank you Lauren for taking your time to let us get to know you better!
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