Life Is Good: The Best Is Yet to Come
William G. Johnsson, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, Maryland, 96 pages, $8.99, softcover. Reviewed by Stephen Chavez, coordinating editor, Adventist Review.
The question many people are asking about religion today is not Is it the truth? but Is it relevant? An increasing number are deciding that religion is not wrong or misguided—it’s just irrelevant.
William Johnsson, former editor of Adventist Review, has produced a book that in fewer than 100 pages doesn’t argue the existence of God; it merely explains how some of the simplest life experiences point inexorably to the reality of a loving, personal, divine Being.
In a personal, nonthreatening, nonjudgmental way, Johnsson explains his convictions about life and the hereafter. He acknowledges that after looking at the same evidence, people may come away with different conclusions. In fact, the first half of the book examines the claims of some of society’s greatest skeptics. But he concludes: “We live in perpetual trust that Someone bigger than we are has drawn us to Him.”
For anyone who’s struggled with doubt, or those who know someone who has, this book is an invaluable, thought-provoking resource.
BIEBER, F. W. “Bill”—b. Apr. 13, 1916; d. Oct. 29, 2012, College Place, Wash. He served as a religion teacher at Oshawa Missionary College and as MV and educational superintendent of the British Columbia, Wisconsin, and Northern Union conferences. He also served as principal of Wisconsin Academy and president of the South Dakota and Idaho conferences. He was predeceased by his wife, Viola; and one son, Billie Bruce. He is survived by one daughter, Sherene Bieber.
FRAME, Robert R.—b. Nov. 23, 1915, New South Wales, Australia; d. Nov. 5, 2012, Hendersonville, N.C. He served in the treasury office of the South Pacific Division, then as secretary-treasurer and later as president of the Papua New Guinea Mission. He served as assistant treasurer, secretary, and president of the South Pacific Division, associate secretary of the General Conference, and president of the Adventist Media Center. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; one son, Peter; one daughter, Judy; and two granddaughters.
LELAND, John H.—b. Mar. 1, 1924, San Diego, Calif.; d. July 30, 2012, Ooltewah, Tenn. He served as a medical recruiting officer for the Kentucky-
Tennessee Conference and as a practicing physician in Crestwood, Kentucky. He also served in prison ministry at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. He is survived by his wife, Floreen; two sons, James and John; three daughters, Joleen Horine, Jennifer Huck, and Anne Blanchard; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
MARTIN, Chester L.—b. Sept. 5, 1918; d. Oct. 28, 2012, Port Charlotte, Fla. He worked in printing for Washington Adventist University and the Review and Herald Publishing Association. He is survived by his wife, Camilla; one daughter, Sharon F. Dickson-Kadel; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
MARTZ, Dowell Edward—b. Sept. 29, 1923, Livonia, Mo.; d. Feb. 9, 2012, Bakersfield, Calif. He served as a physics professor at Pacific Union College. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; two sons, Martin and Marc; and two daughters, Merri and Marjorie Emerson.
MILLER, Henry R.—b. Feb. 15, 1930, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; d. May 18, 2012, Mesa, Ariz. He served as a teacher in Easton Elementary School in Pennsylvania and Thunderbird Elementary School in
Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Anna; one son, Hugh R.; and one step-grandson.
MOORES, Robert M.—b. Aug. 4, 1944, Oshawa, Ont.; d. Dec. 14, 2012, Halifax, N.S. He served as secretary-treasurer of the East African Union and Maritime Conference; as treasurer of the China Island Union Mission and Trans-
European and Northern Asia-Pacific divisions. He also served as an auditor for the West and East Indonesia unions and the Far Eastern Division. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; three daughters, Heather Harrington, Holly Bruestle, and Merrilee Moores; one brother, Clarence; one sister, Glenda Madgwick; and three grandchildren.
PATCHEN, Glenn A.—b. June 26, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; d. Nov. 5, 2012, Wenatchee, Wash. He served as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; two sons, Greg and Garth; one daughter, Genelle Pepple; one brother, Gary; one sister, Gloria Kupferman; and seven grandchildren.
RICHARDS, Sibyl P.—b. Apr. 24, 1923, Mobile, Ala.; d. June 11, 2012, Westfield, Ind. She served as a teacher at Battle Creek Academy and as girls’ dean at Wisconsin Academy. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Smith; and three grandchildren.
SHANK, E. Ruth—b. Nov. 7, 1932, Clayton, Ohio; d.Apr. 18, 2012, Sebring, Fla. She served as a parish nurse for Florida Hospital Heartland in Avon Park and Sebring. She is survived by four sons, John, Joe, Eirek Heintz, and Donald Trembly; and one daughter, Disa Gibbons.
SHERRARD, Elwood—b. June 30, 1918, east Texas; d. July 30, 2012, Blue Ridge, Ga. He taught at Walla Walla College and served as principal of Malayan Union Seminary in Singapore and as business administrator of Philippine Union College and Manila Sanitarium and Hospital. He also served as an administrator of the Adventist Retirement Center in southern California. He is survived by his wife, Amy; two daughters, Dena Guthrie and Sherry Mills; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
WESTBROOK, Lynn B.—b. June 24, 1934, Haileyville, Okla.; d. Sept. 20, 2012, Wichita, Kans. He served as a literature evangelist, publishing director, and pastor in the Mid-America Union and Kansas-Nebraska conferences. He is survived by his wife, Sally; three sons, Brant, Joel, and Thomas; one daughter, Karen McCarthy; one sister, Shirley McClure; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.