New Title from Lyndon G. Furst
"The Table’s Story" by Lyndon G. Furst
To those of us who are believers, this world is not our home. We are just passing through. Experiences we have through life’s journey can be instructive as we reflect on them and share them with others of like faith.
In this collection of engaging and short stories, author Lyndon Furst shares experiences from his life to help you recognize the value in the challenges that you face. Furst writes about his beloved dog Teddy, about the importance of a conversation over a good piece of pie, about learning lessons through the foolishness of adolescence, about overlooked human talents and potential, about teamwork and thinking of others. He also covers grandpas and grandchildren, the power of prayer, getting along in the church, God’s blessings and being faithful to Him, serendipitous experiences while canoeing, and about the legacy that we leave for others. The author’s aim is that you may be drawn closer to Jesus and be prepared to meet the Savior face-to-face when He comes.
Lyndon G. Furst is dean emeritus of the School of Graduate Studies and professor emeritus of educational administration at Andrews University. Previous to his tenure as graduate dean, Furst was on the faculty of the School of Education where he attained the academic rank of full professor. Earlier in his career he spent 21years serving in the Adventist school system as an elementary teacher and principal, boarding academy principal, and Conference educational superintendent. He holds an EdD in educational administration from the University of the Pacific. After twenty-five years, Furst continues to write a regular column on current events in "The Journal Era," a weekly newspaper published in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Reviews from those who have read "The Table’s Story"
As I read the stories included in the book, I found myself relating to them with my own life. The experiences relayed brought back many childhood memories of family, holidays, camping trips, friends and pets of my own. They made me stop and think how my life was blessed by the experiences or what lessons I had learned because of like circumstances in my life. The ending thought of each story tying in with a Bible verse is a reminder that as we live our lives, we are sons and daughters of God and that He does truly love and care for us. I found the book easy to read and hard to put down—the stories kept my attention and I wanted to read the next. Having known Dr. Furst for several years, these stories help me understand him even more, and they reveal from where his character was derived. The final story, concerning his mother, deeply touches the heart and relays to all of us that love is the greatest thing in life. Even if life doesn’t turn out the way we plan, we need to have love for one another, as Christ first loved us.
Glenn Meekma Jr., controller
This little book will gift readers with down-to-earth wisdom from a godly elder of broad experience. Over the last two decades I have gained much from working with Jerry (Lyndon?) Furst and observing his practical, common sense approach to life and leadership. The experiences he reflects on here give us all a wonderful opportunity to learn from him a little more about how to live and think as a Christian in everyday life.
Teresa Reeve, associate dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The 19th Century English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, defined wisdom as “emotion recollected in tranquility.” In "The Table's Story," Jerry Furst has distilled the essence of many emotional moments—some sobering, others humorous, but all delightful—that he has experienced in his long and productive life. Some of these stories will bring a smile to your lips, others a tear to your eye. But all of them, like exquisitely cut and polished gems, will shed new light on the challenges we all face from day-to-day. This delightful book, which encapsulates Wordsworth’s ideal of emotions recollected in tranquility, will inform, inspire and delight everyone who reads it.
Brian E. Strayer, professor emeritus of history