Feet of Clay
Feet of Clay
Feet of Clay is a poignant novel, juxtaposing genuine Christian faith with lifeless self-serving religiosity. The protagonist, Cole Cassidy, like so many in our society, enjoyed living on the edge as a young man. Although never a troublemaker, not really, he routinely challenged authority. Not surprisingly, his behavior got him into trouble frequently.
Viewing the world through the eyes of Cole as a child and young man, the reader will laugh uproariously at most of Cole's irreverent antics. At other times, his experiences are deeply touching.
Everything changes in Cole's late twenties, when his wife betrays him, leaving him for another man. Soon thereafter, he experiences a life-transforming change. That's when he invited Christ to take charge of his life. Because Cole wants his vocation to count for the Lord, he uses his talents to aid Christian ministries achieve their lofty goals.
This is when he discovers that ministries, and those who lead them, are not nearly as honorable and altruistic as their brochures purport them to be. At first dismayed, Cole eventually becomes cynical and jaded by the carnality of self-indulgent ministry leaders—those who advertise themselves as being humble servants of God, but behave more like titled nobility.
Through numerous providential circumstances, Cole uses his faith and wisdom, gained through weathering numerous negative experiences with evangelical Christianity, to mentor those who have been used, abused, and discarded by self-deprecating but thoroughly narcissistic Christian leaders.
Set mostly in the late 1980s, the heyday for Electric Christianity, Feet of Clay is a great read for anybody, but it is a must read for anyone who has ever worked for a Christian publisher or ministry.
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