Iniobong Obong’s new novel draws inspiration from ancient miracle

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‘From Paralympics to Olympics Glory’ relates story of Jesus at Bethesda to modern readers

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Obong hopes his book will help believers as they continue to work toward being more Christ-like. He says his education in electronic engineering allows him to draw analogies to prayer, which he views as a form of “wireless communication.”

In John 5, the Bible tells the story of a paralytic man seeking healing. When Jesus encounters him, he heals the man to reward his faith in God. Author Iniobong Obong believes he can extract modern truths from this biblical narrative. Obong’s new Christian book, “From Paralympics to Olympics Glory: The Unfriendly Road to Freedom” (published by iUniverse), gleans lessons from the paralytic’s faith in God.

The fifth chapter of John finds Jesus visiting the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem in a setting Obong says “is similar to the modern Paralympics where participants compete for a medal.” Many diseased and injured people are gathered around a small pool, waiting to be healed. Jesus notices a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years. After talking to the man, Jesus tells him to “take up thy bed and walk,” according to the King James Version of the Bible. The man is healed and is able to walk away.

This is the central vein from which Obong draws lessons for the modern Christian. He states that the pool at Bethesda was a “dress rehearsal for the pool in heaven,” and the paralytic represents anyone on a journey who is willing to compete against all odds.

“‘From Paralympics to Olympics Glory’ is a compass to life’s travelers on a road filled with deception, despair and uncharted elements to the river of God’s life,” Obong says. “It presents the redemption story using contemporary concepts and language.”

Obong hopes his book will help believers as they continue to work toward being more Christ-like. He says his education in electronic engineering allows him to draw analogies to prayer, which he views as a form of “wireless communication.” Through his commentary, Obong believes he can bring the story of an ancient miracle to the hearts of modern believers and also to those trapped in the vast and rudderless ocean of depravity but desperately looking for a way of escape.

“From Paralympics to Olympics Glory”
By Iniobong Obong
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 78 pages | ISBN 9781491738979
E-Book | 78 pages | ISBN 9781491738986
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Iniobong Obong became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1999. He shares the joy of victorious Christian living. He has studied electronic engineering up to the doctorate level.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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