The book, “In the Name of God: The Colliding Lives, Legends and Legacies of J. Frank Norris and George W. Truett,” was released Sept. 1 and has already earned the title of being Amazon’s No. 1 new release in Christian Church Growth. Hawkins said via Twitter the book is now back in stock on Amazon.
“In the Name of God” tells the stories of two iconic figures who each led one of the largest churches in the world in the 1920s and 30s: George W. Truett, of First Baptist Church Dallas, and J. Frank Norris, of First Baptist Church in Forth Worth. According to B&H Academic, which published the book, each man shot and killed someone during their lifetimes (one by accident, the other in self-defense) and their lives were “a panoply of intrigue, espionage, confrontation, manipulation, plotting, scheming and even blackmail – in the name of God.” Yet each man, Hawkins notes, changed the world.
“(This book) is full of important applications for our day,” said Hawkins, Guidestone Financial Services president and chief executive officer. “When you finish ‘In the Name of God’ my desire is the reader can see that there is good even in those for whom we may think the worse. Those we tend to place on pedestals actually dwindle into ordinary men when you learn more about them. We are all crippled and need a crutch – Jesus!”
Hawkins, the author of more than 50 books, is currently working on a biography of legendary FBC Dallas pastor W.A. Criswell.