Yann Opsitch, instructor of French, published a book entitled “La Sagesse et L’Adversite” in June.
The book is written entirely in French. The title translates to “Wisdom and Adversity.”
Opsitch said he was invited last fall to present a conference in Colmar, France about the theme of wisdom in the Bible and decided to write a book to reach more people. He began writing in late November and worked through Christmas break.
Wisdom and suffering are key themes throughout the book.
“All of these chapters are dealing with questions that, in my experience, the French people are really struggling with,” he said. “I talk about the future because a great number of French people go to astrology to find out what the future is and they’re worried about it.”
Opsitch is French and was a minister and writer in France and uses material found throughout the Bible, including the words of Solomon and Jesus. He said the book blends philosophy with the Bible and life experience.
The book is written from the perspective of a non-believer who could open it and become interested in it.
“It’s really written for the French person who doesn’t have much faith and doesn’t know the Bible,” Opsitch said.
He presented two conferences about the book June 21 – 22 in Colmar.
Over the course of two evenings he presented the basic themes of the book to both non-believers and Christians who attended the conference. He said he presented the book in Colmar because there are Christians trying to plant a church there.
The book is available on Amazon in Europe and the United States and has received good reviews, Opstich said. He is hoping to make the book available for Kindle in the future.
Bren White, director of Operation French World in Laurel, Md., commented on Opsitch’s book on Amazon.com.
“Yann has done an excellent job of helping people to see the practical nature of God’s Word, from the writings of King Solomon to the teachings of Jesus Christ,” White said. “He demonstrates how the wisdom of God brings meaning and power and peace to the most difficult times in this life. I think French readers will be encouraged, challenged and blessed by this book. I look forward to the next book in the series.”
Opsitch said his next step is to market the book to bookstores in France, both Christian and non-Christian.
“The book has an appealing cover… it’s about wisdom,” he said. “Wisdom is something that the French people are very interested in. Over the years I’ve done some research on books people buy, and they are looking for solutions to life.”