Ripped from his home and exiled to Babylon, Daniel stayed faithful to God in a faithless world.
Through a series of letters, Andy Lamberton imagines how a mentor might have encouraged Daniel to stand firm despite the pressures he faced.
We too are far from home, citizens of heaven living in a foreign land. And just like Daniel, we need wisdom and encouragement to help us press on.
Letters for Exiles brings Daniel’s experience to life as his mentor, Abel, disciples and equips him — and us — to flourish in exile.
‘Andy Lamberton has done a masterful job, through a wonderfully imaginative medium, of bringing “exile” to life as a contemporary and not merely a historical reality. As younger Christians in post-Christendom come to terms with our new situation within what some have called “the empire of desire”, and seek to live faithfully within it as “foreigners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11), this book will prove to be an important resource. I warmly commend it!’
Iain Provan: Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College
‘The essence of anyone’s faith journey with Jesus is a dynamic, daring and devoted relationship; it’s a call to discipleship. Letters for Exiles provides anyone seeking to fulfill the costly call of being a follower of the risen Christ with the confidence to keep persevering, keep fighting the good fight and to keep focused. Through these wonderfully imaginative letters written by Abel, who is just a few steps ahead in the journey of life, Daniel is being encouraged to grasp the full reality of what it means to be a faithful follower.’
Damian Wharton: General Director, Scripture Union Northern Ireland
‘This book is dripping in rich biblical narrative and strengthened by the context in which Andy himself has lived his life. He understands from personal experience what it means to live for God in environments where you might be standing alone, and he has dedicated years of his life to being a mentor to a generation of young disciples, helping prepare them for that very scenario. Andy is the real deal, and this book both captures his calling and expresses his heart. Read it for yourself, but also put multiple copies into the hands of young disciples to help prepare them for Babylon.’
Rick Hill: Secretary for Council for Mission in Ireland with the Presbyterian Church, and author of Deep Roots of Resilient Disciples
‘It comes as no surprise that this book follows the rhythm of the character of the author: authentic, disciple-making, missional and Bible-honouring. Andy is the real deal and anything he says regarding discipleship is worth listening to. I encourage you to read this book slowly and prayerfully, taking time to doodle, write, reflect and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through it.’
Mitch: Evangelist, Crown Jesus Ministries