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Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit

Archbishop Yong Ping Chung’s endorsement of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind & spirit’

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A devotional commentary on Titus

By The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

What a joy and pleasure it is to read the completed commentary of Titus by the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird.  I am so thankful to God that He did not allow Ed to give up on the writing of this commentary.  Otherwise, we would have been deprived of this precious jewel which so richly, vividly and passionately reveals the inner heart of God.  God raised up Christian leaders in every generation to confront the pirate character buried in every human heart.  God’s ultimate business is to transform “the deceitful, violent, additive buccaneers” in the pirate land into “trustworthy, peaceful and sober” members of a Christ-like community.

Titus was not a Jew, but Paul led him to Christ and identified him as “my true son in our common faith”.  Titus’ new faith in Jesus Christ transformed him radically.  Paul, recognizing the grace and peace of God in Titus, made a bold, courageous, visionary and strategic choice by sending young Titus to Crete as a missionary.  It is in this context that God spoke to the pirates in Crete.  However, His message is relevant to all of us in every land and in every generation.

Pirates are waiting for us around every North American corner”. Ed speaks about his personal experience with the painful effects of piracy in the Anglican Church of Canada.  He sees the churches in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world being stolen in the same way that  Somalia pirates had “taken over a Saudi supertanker carrying over 100 million dollars of crude oil”.  Modern-day piracy has effectively planted itself into the system of our churches.  The pirating nature drains God’s resources endowed to the churches for purpose of mission. It carries out its desire to deceive, rob, and side-track us from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It sows false gospels into our lives.  Ultimately, it destroys the church.

Ed’s passion is now very much focused on the call to minister to the lives within the Canadian Anglican Church in North America.  Indeed, “if the wisdom in the 45-sentence book of Titus can revolutionize a pirate island, it can even transform a pirate continent like North America”.

I am so grateful to God for the miracle of the completion of this book.  My reading of this small commentary with a huge gospel truth has deeply impacted me and encouraged me to continue my journey to serve the Lord and to preach the Gospel.  I highly recommend Dr. Ed Hird’s book with a huge Gospel heart for the use of molding the leadership character of a new generation of healthy young leaders.

++Yong Ping Chung

Retired 2nd Primate of South East Asia and 4th Bishop of Sabah

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback and ebook form. In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook.

It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 1008- 555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 2J7, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ‘Ed Hird’, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of the Battle for the Soul study guide :  Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide

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Author: edhird

I am the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C., having served there since 1987. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 26 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Toronto. My new sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook ), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook). Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form. Nook gives a sample of the book to read online: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus' healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a copy of the prequel book 'Battle for the Soul of Canada', please send a $18.50 cheque to 'Ed Hird', #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

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