This little book is directed at those Christians wishing to learn how better to put their faith into practice. Its origin is in the author's own on-going search to answers about Christianity. As I searched I learned more and more about my faith, about Jesus Christ, about how Christianity has evolved, and, most important, how to lay a claim on all the promises and gifts God has for believers. I have started with the very nature of God, and then proceeded on to some of those issues and questions that have marked my walk with Jesus: Who is the Holy Spirit? Why do bad things happen to good people? Sex and the Christian; How does faith work? Free will; and others. I have searched for answers in many places, from the most scholarly and erudite of Christian writers such as St. Augustine, to small, rural Pentecostal churches across the Americas. I have sat in many of the great cathedrals of Christianity across the Atlantic world, and worshiped in traditional, solemn ways, and I have seen the work of the Holy Spirit spilling out across believers united not by creeds and tied to rituals, but moved by the power of the Spirit in remarkable fashions. I have written this Christian primer for those who want to grow in their faith. Join me on this walk for it is not only the road to salvation, but also an exhilarating one that will renew and revitalize you as a Christian.
Lawrence Clayton taught Latin American history and the history of the Christian church at the University of Alabama where he is a Professor Emeritus of History. He is the author of Work and Wealth in Scripture. He was born in New Jersey and grew up in Lima, Peru. He served in the U. S. Navy, 1964-1966, as Weapons Officer aboard the USS Donner (LSD 20). He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His blog is laclayton.com and his web page is lanthonyclayton.com.