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The AL.com review is in… here is what they say!

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/01/from_bullet_hole_in_jesus_wind.html#incart_flyout_living

Greg Garrison

Reporter, Faith/Religion


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Listen to what Paul Zahl says about John Harper’s new book

Audio Podcast:
http://adventbirmingham.org/audio/paul-zahl-on-john-harpers-new-book/


My copy of your new (AMAZING) book on the Advent was hand-delivered to our door. It is — and the word is completely not an exaggeration — Amazing! I am totally in awe.

The text, which is extremely interesting and also extremely uplifting; the perfect and extensive photographs; the side-bars and side-quotations and addenda and details.

John, this is a very rich book and production. I feel so proud to be a part of it. To put it another way, you have really done something.

Your friend and devoted fan, always,

Paul Zahl


“I just finished a first read of your manuscript and enjoyed every page.  You truly brought the church alive with scripture and made all the parts interesting, especially the stained glass and its history, as well as the companies that made them and the methods by which they were made.  The meditations give the book a religious depth not normally found in book like yours.”
Marjorie Longenecker White

“My first reaction was how beautiful it looked. Then a sense of amazement at how much material you had researched.  Then, above all, it is a CHRISTIAN book, which does honour to our God, points to our Saviour and feels full of the Holy Spirit’s Joy, Wisdom and Encouragement.”

Janice and Peter Newton


“Congratulations on your beautiful book.  It truly is a treasure.”

Jake  Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith


“What a fabulous book it is!” –  Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury


“The book really is fantastic and very well done.  Congratulations!” – The Very Reverend Kee Sloan, Bishop of Alabama


“I love the book and it proudly resides on the coffee table in our drawing room!”  The Very Reverend Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, England


“Congratulations on the completion of the book.  All that work and research has been worth it.”  The Very Reverend Ken Clarke, Mission Director of SAMS Ireland and UK, former Diocesan Bishop of Kilmore, Ireland


“My copy of your new (AMAZING) book on the Advent was hand-delivered to our door. It is — and the word is completely not an exaggeration — Amazing! I am totally in awe…The text, which is extremely interesting and also extremely uplifting; the perfect and extensive photographs; the side-bars and side-quotations and addenda and details…John, this is a very rich book and production. I feel so proud to be a part of it. To put it another way, you have really done something.  Your friend and devoted fan, always, Paul Zahl” (former Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Winter Garden, Florida)


“The volume is quite stunning.  The research and photography meld beautifully to create a pictorial walk through history…makes for an informative and enjoyable read.” Steve Murray, Director, State of Alabama Department of Archives and History


“The stained glass windows and other architectural highlights are excellent.  The book is very handsome, learned and interesting.  Very, very good!” Thomas Carruthers, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Birmingham, Alabama


“What a remarkable book! Even the word magnificent is appropriate. Amazed at how much detail…” The Reverend Doug Carpenter, former rector St. Stephens, Birmingham


“…most beautiful book.  What an undertaking.  It turned out magnificently.” The Reverend Paul Walker, Charlottesville, Virginia


“My first reaction was how beautiful it looked. Then a sense of amazement at how much material you had researched.  Then, above all, it is a CHRISTIAN book, which does honour to our God, points to our Saviour and feels full of the Holy Spirit’s Joy, Wisdom and Encouragement.”  Janice and (The Reverend) Peter Newton, United Kingdom


“Beautiful – the layout, presentation, history, photography…Most stunning aspect is the focus throughout on the living Lord and His effect on those who are witnesses to the Gospel.”  The Reverend Marcia Wilkinson, Elverson, Pennsylvania


“The photographs in the book are truly amazing.”  Susan DeBrecht, Library Director, Emmet O’Neal Library, Mtn. Brook, Alabama


“Witnesses to the Light – That, sir, is a book!  “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.”  I look forward to chewing and digesting!”  Bill Pogue, Birmingham


“I just have to keep saying, “WHAT A MASTERPIECE.”  How you could have done all of this in just two and one-half years is a mystery to me.  You certainly couldn’t have stopped to eat or sleep.”  Ruth Carpenter Pitts, Birmingham


“Had no idea of the quality and volume you bring together in this amazing book.  Thanks for this treasure!”  Mary Petersen, Fairfax, Virginia


“Your book is a perfect addition to our library at Arlington…it contains material about the history of Elyton, early Birmingham and Arlington.” Jane Ellis, President Arlington Historical Association


“You did an amazing job.  You are leaving a priceless legacy to the Advent.”  Elna Riley Brendel, Birmingham


“What a beautiful and wonderful book!  It is a treasure to be handed down as an heirloom to generations to come.  There is so much to explore.”  Heather McCalley, wife of 2013 Advent senior warden, Winston McCalley


“…unbelievably beautiful.  Just think what you are leaving for posterity.”  Baba Henderson Hendricks, Fairhope, Alabama


“…thrilled over Witnesses to the Light.  It is truly beautiful and comprehensive…grateful to have this complete history.”  Nancy Poynor, Birmingham


“It’s a work of art.”  Mary Margaret Phillips, Birmingham


“Magnificent book.  Such workmanship.  Really a jewel.  So beautifully detailed.”

McCall Henderson Revercomb, McLean, Virginia


“How glorious your book has been!”  Margaret Aderholt, Birmingham


“Extraordinary!  Details and required research!  What a gift!”  Dr. Thomas Wilson, Birmingham


“Read the newspaper article about the book but, alas, it sold out quickly. Can’t wait to buy one from second printing.”  The Reverend Charleston Wilson, Sarasota, Florida