Do Not Knock

Anna Schlegel

Joe Paola

Adrian extended a cordial invitation into his home. While presenting our Abundant Living Series he liked what he saw but wanted his wife to see the books before committing to a purchase. This naturally led to further demonstration of books in my case which led to a conversation on spiritual themes. Adrian explained his Christian upbringing had not led him to any particular depth of faith or practice of it in his life. I listened to his story then described each of Desire of Ages and The Great Controversy, as had been my custom on a number of occasions. The rationale is, if they like the one, perhaps they will pursue the other. Adrian could choose and with eagerness he reached out for the GC.

Joe and I arrived at Mark’s home only to see a “Do Not Knock” sign. We proceeded to leave but Mark was outside before we could make a move, anticipating the delivery man, which we were not. Joe explained the health-related purpose of our visit but Mark felt he had it all together in this area of his life. He was curious though, if that was all. Well Joe indicated we also had spiritual books which prompted Mark to describe some interesting beliefs about human beings being dropped off on planet earth by aliens. Mark promptly outlined his objections to Christianity, namely Christians doing things in the name of God that many non-Christians would not contemplate. Joe gave examples from the Dark Ages affirming Mark’s concerns and then presented The Great Controversy briefly summarizing its contents. “Are you sure?” Mark questioned not certain he could just take a book for free. Joe encouraged him to take it. ”My wife will love this book!” He appeared delighted. We left with the impression this man who claimed he didn’t enjoy reading would probably quiz his wife as he too had left no doubt about his interest in its themes.

Anna Schlegel