Becky Toews, MA, an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, recently released her third book, a devotional based on one of Jesus’ parables, called “Keep Your Lamp Burning.”
Toews, who teaches in the Arts & Sciences Department, will host a book signing for her newest work at the Lancaster Bible College bookstore, Bookends, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16. Bookends is located on LBC’s Lancaster campus at 901 Eden Road.
Learn more about the personal significance of “Keep Your Lamp Burning” through this Q&A with Becky Toews.
LBC: How did God lead you to write “Keep Your Lamp Burning”?
BECKY TOEWS: “‘Keep Your Lamp Burning’ is based on Jesus’ parable of the 10 bridesmaids in Matthew 25:1-13. Five of the women kept their lamps burning, but the other five ran out of oil and were not allowed into the banquet. I’m concerned for believers who may be getting weary or have become confused with all the changes taking place in the world. New definitions of truth and sliding standards of right and wrong are leaving many confused and apathetic, dimming the light of love, of faith and of purpose. My book hopes to reignite the flame of passion for God and replenish the oil through biblical principles and personal illustrations.”
LBC: What topics do you cover in your devotional?
BT: “Divided into six sections, each part focuses on one aspect of shining our light. Chapters like ‘Shining Worth into Wandering’ contain devotionals helping followers of Jesus recognize there are no little people in God’s kingdom; each of us has a light to shine. Chapters like ‘Gratitude and Praise in a Thankless World’ and ‘Truth Over Deception’ give insight into what the oil in our lamps provide. ‘Humility in a World of Selfie Sticks’ and ‘Persistence in Prayer, Problems and Tight Places’ give readers practical ways to replenish the oil. ‘Shining Clarity into a Chaotic Culture’ and the ‘Extraordinary into the Mundane’ directs believers where they can shine.”
LBC: What is the biggest takeaway you hope to leave with your readers?
BT: “My greatest hope is that readers will come away with a deeper walk with God—one that propels them to light the path for other seekers; one that encourages them to go the distance and not be left out of the Great Party.”