A fine primer on the four gospels by a deacon and former professor of New Testament. Her spring-board is the prayer many of learned as children: 'Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John/Guard the bed I lie upon...' showing the evangelists as true guardian angels or messengers of good news. -- The Living Church The words of the child's prayer, One to watch, one to pray, and two to keep me till the day, reminds us of the special message of each gospel. This book sketches the shape of the Gospels, the four stories of Jesus. It reveals their similarities and differences and how they relate to one ather. All the evangelists have distinctive roles as messengers of the good news and guardian angels of our faith. With Mark we watch; he alerts us to the urgency of the good news. With John we pray, and from him we learn the signs of God at work in the world about us. Matthew is the teacher, who leads us forward to teach others, while Luke reveals Jesus the healer, who brings reconciliation and justice to all creation. Clear, concise, and free of technical language, this introduction to gospel basics includes the spiritual and devotional aspects of each gospel as well as critical study tools. It can be used for inquirer's classes, adult study groups, and prayer groups who wish the evangelists to illuminate their faith journey.
Minka Shura Sprague is Parish Deacon St. James' Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Formerly she was the Professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages at New York Theological Seminary and deacon on the staff of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Well known as a preacher and retreat leader throughout the church, Sprague is also the author of Praying From the Free Throw Line.