October 24, 2012

30 CN: Almost Home, GC President's First Book, Arrives in Stores

Almost Home, GC President’s
First Book, Arrives in Stores

Aims to inspire Adventists, raise funds for mission to cities (Posted October 25, 2012)

BY MARK A. KELLNER, news editor

Thirteen sermons from the president of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists have been collected into a book, aimed at motivating church members worldwide to share the gospel message—and to help raise funds for the movement’s Mission to the Cities, an evangelistic outreach aimed at the world’s largest urban centers.

According to Ted N. C. Wilson, author of Almost Home: A Call to Revival and Reformation, “it is a collection that is emphasizing the nearness of Jesus’ coming, the unique message that Christ has entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the three angels’ messages, the last warning to this world—but making it practical, in terms of how church members can become inspired with the urgency of what the Advent movement is all about.”

The book, Wilson’s first, “is a heart cry to our church and to each of us to be ready for Christ’s soon coming, and to share that message with everyone around us that we possibly can,” he added.

Veteran Adventist evangelist Mark Finley urged Wilson, who said that he hadn’t thought of writing a book and that his schedule didn’t allow much spare time for a literary project, to come up with “something” that could be put into book form. The GC president shared 13 sermons with the editorial team at church-owned Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho, “and they did a beautiful job in helping to edit, leaving almost everything intact, but doing some special editing activity that, of course, editors know how best to do,” he said.

Wilson also emphasized the fund-raising aspect of the project: “The proceeds from this book are all going to Mission to the Cities projects and activities, and evangelism, because of course that is something that is extremely high on my priority list.” Mission to the Cities is a project of the General Conference’s Adventist Mission office.

What does Wilson want readers to take away from the book? “That the Seventh-day Adventist Church they belong to is a unique movement, born of heaven; and that God intends for them to be active participants in the sharing of the last days’ message through service to people and in pointing people to the Scriptures, which are the foundation of our understanding and belief,” he said.

Along with paperback and hardcover editions, Almost Home will be available as an e-book, said Dale L. Galusha, Pacific Press president. Translations into Spanish and French, among other languages, are being contemplated, Wilson said.
Information on the title is available at www.adventistbookcenter.com, as well as local Adventist Book Center retail locations. n

AUTHOR’S WORDS: Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference president, talks about his new book, Almost Home: A Call to Revival and Reformation, on September 28, 2012.