Wrestling with our calling in life is a fundamental struggle for just about everyone. Who are we supposed to be? How are we supposed to live? What are we supposed to do? These are all questions many of us grapple with.
Surprisingly, the Samson narrative is one of the most instructive stories for helping us answer these questions. Often touted as a story about muscles, testosterone, and seduction, there is so much more to this ancient account. Employing all the best tools for interpreting the Bible today, Brad Gray unpacks the Samson story anew, giving us fresh insights into the universal callings of those desiring to live out God’s fullest design for life.
With passion, humor, and skill, Brad shows us how we can get right what Samson got wrong in order to flourish in our humanity, to make the most of the lives we’ve been given, and to leave a positive mark on our world.
Praise for Make Your Mark
“In MAKE YOUR MARK Brad Gray helps strip away our western cultural assumptions and gives us a fresh look into the story of Samson. Along the way he gives us practical and biblical instruction that helps us navigate through our own stories as we become a part of the larger story.”
Grammy Award-winning artist, producer, song-writer, and author of City on Our Knees
“Brad Gray provides a rare combination of cultural understanding, geographical context, historical perspective, and biblical insight, making this book a powerful read. The life lessons from Samson’s story are clear and highly relevant for today’s culture.”
NFL Quarterback and author of Game Changer
“Samson is the perfect archetype for the conflicted superheroes we find in movies today. Despite his supreme strength, he’s often hardly heroic in how he fulfills God’s calling. What can we learn from his weaknesses? By digging into Samson’s life in its ancient context, Brad Gray has excavated much fresh…
Author of Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, and Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus
“Brad Gray has a remarkable gift for merging all the best tools we use to interpret the Bible today. Here he employs historical geography, the culture of ancient Israel, Hebrew language insights, and a wide knowledge of the Bible to bring to life the stories of Samson that are frequently neglected in the…
Gary M. Burge
Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Calvin Theological Seminary, and author of more than a dozen books
“MAKE YOUR MARK brings three dimensional insights to a mysterious story. The image of Samson has long been that of a muscular one man wrecking crew. By guiding us through the geography, customs, and language, Brad Gray provides a refreshing look at an enigmatic character. In the process, he…
Senior Teaching Pastor, Ada Bible Church and author of The Land Between, Satisfied, and Think Big, Dream Small
“Brad Gray’s mighty fine book MAKE YOUR MARK probably should be titled “It Will Leave a Mark” because it will! Over the years, I have had the unspeakable pleasure of teaching literally hundreds of young men and women all eager to take their place in the long line of preachers who have gone…
Dr. Timothy Brown
President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan