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What a Comeback! Life starts again at Easter

By Phil Heaps
June 2021 | Review by Matthew Cox
  • Publisher: Grace Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-91215-430-2
  • Pages: 32
  • Price: 2.99
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This evangelistic publication comes in an optimal size to give to a non-Christian. Having 32 spine-bound pages, it’s more substantial than a leaflet – and thus less likely to be thrown away thoughtlessly – yet not so large as to put them off reading it.

In a friendly, conversational manner, Phil Heaps presents a key piece of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus: the transformed lives of his followers. Using the extended metaphor of a last minute comeback in a football match, he asks what else could account for the believers’ joy and enthusiasm at Pentecost (and ever since). The idea that they were just pretending and engaging in positive thinking is shown to be absurd.

Luke’s account of Christ’s appearance on the Emmaus Road is reprinted in full, along with a simple defence of its reliability. Then the substitutionary purpose of his death is explained from Isaiah 53, which is also usefully quoted at length. Readers are challenged as to whether their eyes have been opened to the fact and the meaning of the resurrection, and encouraged to investigate further.

Last Easter, my church distributed a copy of this title to every home in our village (made more affordable through a heavy discount on bulk orders). Several neighbours expressed appreciation and said they had read it. Perhaps your church might want to do the same in 2022?

Matthew Cox

Bethersden, Kent

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