This review is provided by guest blogger, Vanessa Cain. She is a staff reporter for The State Gazette, Dyersburg, TN. Her work has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Working Mom's Soul and Hometown Magazine.
Lessons from the Carpenter reminds the reader that there are no coincidences in God’s great plan. Joseph, Jesus’ father, did not just happen to be a carpenter, and the Savior’s apprenticeship was not just a way to bide time until his ministry began. Using strong imagery, Brewer shares lessons learned at his own father’s workbench, observations from his 25 years in the ministry, and historical data to reveal another layer of understanding to God’s most awesome plan of salvation.
Though the scriptures compare Jesus to a fisherman, a shepherd, or a farmer, Brewer explains how the Savior’s apprenticeship as a carpenter was the only career that could prepare him for a mission that both builds in us a new beginning and restores what the world has broken. The blueprints for God’s plan were drawn before the dawn of time and required the touch of a master builder to be completed. This plan could be only completed by one unique and gifted carpenter, the one who still wishes to lay the foundation of our lives.
Come! Join Brewer on a walk along the dusty roads of Jesus’s childhood, apprenticeship, and ministry. Find out why our Savior was a carpenter first and how his gentle, scarred, and calloused hands can build in us a masterpiece.
For more on Carpenter and Brewer's other work, please see his Web site. Brewer will be on faculty at Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, June 21-22, 2013.