“Pray for our troops.” We’ve heard the request in churches and on the radio. But what about praying for the enemy’s troops? How often have terrorists made our prayer lists? And why should they? They behead people!

In the eighth century B.C., Nineveh lay in the heart of the Assyrian empire. Its people entertained themselves by drawing graphic cartoons of violent acts. Their stomach for torture gave them a reputation as the world’s most barbarous people. And God sent Jonah, a prophet of Israel, to extend mercy to his enemies. But Jonah had a little problem with grace: He wanted it only for himself. Jonah’s dilemma helps us explore the character of God and the ramifications for all humans, including our fiercest opponents. Kona with Jonah is a four-week study designed for individual or group use. It includes guided Bible study on weekdays and applicational devotionals on the weekends.

Right from the beginning, I loved this book for more than just its coffee theme: it has a spiral binding so it lays flat when you're reading or writing in it. As someone who does a lot of studies, this feature is HUGE to me!

Deena Peterson, book review at www.deenasbooks.blogspot.com

Sandra Glahn's Kona With Jonah is an incredibly fun and fascinating Bible study in her Coffee Cup Bible Study series. In this four-week study, we travel with the disobedient Old Testament prophet, Jonah, for some valuable life lessons in forgiveness.

Stacey Las Vegas, NV

Notes
Bible.org has wonderful audio messages, articles, and textual notes on Jonah.
Dr. Tom Constable, a retired Bible professor, has compiled extensive notes on the Book of Jonah.
Matthew Henry’s online complete commentary on Jonah is another great resource.

Movie Tie-ins to Jonah

  • Jonah: A Great Fish Story (2005) In this cartoon adaptation of the well-known story, stop-motion animation and computer graphics convey a lesson on obedience and faith.
  • Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (2002) This VeggieTales film features Bob the Tomato and the Veggie kids learning the story of Jonah. God charges the prophet with the task of delivering a message to the people of Nineveh, but he ends up in the belly of a fish.
  • Moby Dick (1956 and 1998) Captain Ahab is obsessed with catching the white whale in these big-screen versions of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Moby Dick is not the story of Jonah per se, but it contains many literary allusions to the biblical Jonah, including a chapter in which a minister preaches a sermon from the Book. 

Book Recommendation
Eugene Peterson’s Under the Unpredictable Plant

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