Letters Along the Way: From a Senior Saint to a Junior Saint

By D. A. Carson, John D. Woodbridge, Foreword by Mark Dever

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Letters Along the Way: From a Senior Saint to a Junior Saint

By D. A. Carson, John D. Woodbridge, Foreword by Mark Dever

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A Novel of Letters from a Theologian to a Young Christian

When student Tim Journeyman first wrote to family friend Dr. Paul Woodson, he didn’t know it would start a fifteen-year mentorship that would shape his life and Christian faith. Within their candid letters are words of real-world wisdom—from a “senior saint” to a “junior saint”—covering various areas of living, from the theological to the everyday. 

Written as fictional correspondence between two men at different stages of life and faith, the novel Letters Along the Way provides important, biblical perspectives on topics such as apologetics, science and faith, inerrancy of the Bible, heart versus head faith, prayer, the changing face of evangelicalism, and trends emerging in American culture.

  • Memorable and Engaging Style: Inspired by C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters
  • Tackles Moral, Biblical, and Cultural Issues: Topics include marriage, pastoral ministry, temptation, repentance, and more
  • Excellent for Seminary Students and New Believers: Includes a subject index outline to find topics quickly and easily
  • Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition

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D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a cofounder and theologian-at-large of the Gospel Coalition and has written and edited nearly two hundred books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

John D. Woodbridge

John D. Woodbridge (PhD, University of Toulouse, France) is research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Woodbridge has taught history at the University of Toulouse, Northwestern University, and École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Lake Forest, Illinois, and they have three children.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 384
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 16.09 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7335-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7335-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433573354
Case Quantity: 36
Published: April 05, 2022


“My wife and I read this book together during my first year as D. A. Carson’s teaching assistant and PhD student. We loved it. Reading these fictional letters is almost as personal as if you wrote a challenging theological or practical question to Carson and Woodbridge themselves and then received a thoughtful reply. Now I use this book as a resource for mentoring seminary students.”
Andy Naselli, Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary; Elder, The North Church, Mounds View, Minnesota

“When I was a relatively young believer beginning to explore a calling to pastoral ministry, my pastor encouraged me to read this book. It has become one of the most formative books for me. I’ve read it and reread it more times than I can count, and am beyond thrilled to see it being relaunched so that a new generation can enjoy its wisdom and insight. In a time sadly lacking in character and statesmanship in the church, I am confident this book will become a huge blessing to many.”
Sam Allberry, Pastor; author, What God Has to Say about Our Bodies

“As a college student, I found this book on the library shelves. It was neither assigned nor recommended, but reading it changed my life. I have found it to be consistently insightful and encouraging throughout the years. Perhaps because it’s presented as a story, with realistic characters experiencing the vicissitudes of life, inevitably the issues of cultural and theological debate have changed even as letter-writing seems like an antiquarian pastime. But the thoughtful vision it presents of the Christian life remains remarkably fresh. Whether you are exploring theology as a college student, new to pastoral ministry, or wrestling with the cultural issues of our day, this book may change your life too.”
Ivan Mesa, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; editor, Before You Lose Your Faith: Deconstructing Doubt in the Church

“I have long considered D. A. Carson and John Woodbridge among the finest evangelical scholars of our generation. Their areas of specialty, of course, differ—Carson has excelled as an expert in New Testament scholarship while Woodbridge has made his life’s work the exposition of church history and Christian thought down through the centuries. This small volume, cast in the form of letters from an older Christian to a younger believer, distills the wisdom of both men in these two vital areas of Christian scholarship, but also captures the essence of sapience that can only be found in what has been described as a ‘long obedience in the same direction.’ I am thrilled that it is being republished afresh for the spiritual and theological undergirding of a new generation of Christians, for the wisdom here is much needed in these troubling times.”
Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary