SANTA FE, N.M. — The Passion of Christ, a book by former Baptist minister John Haney, is set to go on sale Tuesday, but one thing is clear: It’s a book that will appeal to the broader Christian audience.
“This is a book for Christians, and I think that Christians are going to really love this book,” said Robert J. Haney III, author of the book and president of the American Baptist Churches Conference.
It’s the second book Haney has written with former Baptist pastor James Rucker, and the first by a former evangelical leader to appear on the New York Times bestseller list.
Haney wrote the book with his wife, Joanna Haney.
Hana, who was baptized as a Baptist minister, attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rucker, who has a Baptist faith, founded the Faith and Freedom Coalition and is the president of a group called The Family Reformed, said Haney is a gifted writer who has tapped into an emotional and spiritual need.
He also brings to the book a sense of authenticity.
The book is not a polemic, Rucker said, but a call for a greater sense of belonging, which is why Haney said he hopes his book will reach more Christians than ever before.
“The Passion is about God’s love and His concern for people, the idea that you are not alone, and God is watching over you, even though you may not see Him,” Haney told ABC News.
As a Christian, Haney writes in the book, you have to find ways to share God’s grace with others.
You have to learn how to recognize that there is more to life than just being alive, he said.
There is more love in heaven than in hell, he wrote.
In his book, Hanyer says that his book was intended to reach an evangelical audience, not a broad audience.
“I think we need to understand the Bible as a book, not as a polemical polemic,” Hanyersaid.
But Haney says he did not expect to be so successful at the Bible Belt.
This book will appeal in a very broad way to a broad spectrum of people,” he said, adding that the book was a surprise to him when he first read it.
When he first got the book out of the library, he realized there was so much to it, he says.”
The book was released by Penguin Random House in 2014 and was a bestseller. “
And it’s also intended to be read by a broad base of people.”
The book was released by Penguin Random House in 2014 and was a bestseller.
It is now available at Amazon and at other online booksellers.