Known for his famous sixty-second stories about faith and God's love, Gary Carver compiles some of his favorite one-minute sermons into this book to teach those who need to understand the love of God the most. "God has given to me the gift to see stories in the everyday lives of people, and the love of telling these stories, that people just like you may see spiritual truth." In this world of varying beliefs and arguments, Carver wants to remind Christians of what it truly means to follow God and to understand what Jesus' sacrifice means for each of us.
Although his messages are short, they are deep and full of love, showing that we all have a bit of God in us. Throughout his pastoral career, Carver encountered a slew of unique people, preachers and laypersons alike-each with their own unique depiction of our Heavenly Father. Through each of his stories, Carver details exactly what God wants from us as his disciples, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, political party or religion- the mandate to love your neighbors, no matter what.
Carver shares powerful stories that detail the sacrifice that humans are willing to give such as with his story of Johnny. When Johnny was asked to donate blood to his sister, he hesitated before agreeing to the procedure. In the middle of it, "Johnny's little voice broke the silence. 'Say, Doc, when do I die?' It was only then that the doctor realized that little Johnny actually thought that in giving his blood to his sister, he was giving up his life."
Suitable for sermon illustrations and including appropriate scripture references, Carver's one-minute messages include:
- Fall Down, Get Up (1 John 1:5-10)
- Brought Father Lunch (1 Corinthians 12:1-27)
- Procrastinator's Club (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
- Christ in My Son (Romans 9:28-30)