Reality beyond reason
The story of TELit
REALITY BEYOND REASON
The story of TELit
By Barry Sprott
TELit. 192 pages. £6.50 (inc. P&P)
ISBN 978 0 956 644 800
Available from http://www.telitquick.org
Having used TELit (Thematic Evangelistic Literature) material since 2003 and having spoken to Barry Sprott (author, founder and General Manager) on a few occasions, I have been very interested in reviewing this book.
Ultimately the book is about taking ‘God’s message of love, forgiveness and reconciliation to the four corners of the world’ using good, sound and well presented evangelistic folders.
The book is divided into three main sections which are Preparation (the Lord’s planning), Growth (the Lord’s development) and Fruitfulness (the Lord’s blessing). At the head of each chapter in these sections a Scripture verse leads in to the account that follows. The author describes the Lord’s hand on his own life to bring him to do the work of TELit, and writes of his upbringing, secular working life in printing and social work with the RSSPCC and a local authority. In writing about his conversion and Christian growth at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, marriage, and all that follows with TELit, the Lord is given the glory.
The author had a burden for producing well designed and produced outreach publications and numerous ideas were developed in the 1980s. All this leads to the beginning and work of TELit evangelistic folders in 1990. They are not described as tracts (for reasons set out in the book), but as folders (that use actual words of Scripture alongside an everyday theme) of good style and quality, suitable for presentation to the unsaved. For example, there is the Which Way series (with a named location and views printed therein with the text), or the Welcome to … your church series, or the Christmas and Easter folders.
Trials and triumphs
The development and growth of TELit is detailed with its setbacks, struggles, and trials leading to the joy as the work is firmly established. Many folders have been produced for the United Kingdom, and many for countries around the world — the list is long. The Lord has provided in so many ways. At the close of the book Barry Sprott says: ‘It’s the Lord who is indispensable, not me!’