The Hardness of the Heart


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The sequel to the surprise hit “The People of the Sign” follows the protagonist around the world, as he continues his search for answers. In the process much is lost along the way, some of which brings freedom and opportunity.



”Engaging and Gripping. The sequel to The People of the Sign, continues the spiritual journey of Wade Frannson from his corporate successes, in Southern California, to his spiritual awakening among the ghettos of South India – a journey which could have cost him his life! Hardness of the Heart dissects the twin organs of faith and reason and lays out, in organic detail, the struggles we all have to balance our spiritual hearts and minds. Wade’s journey to enlightenment is one man’s story of learning to live the full life while answering the aching questions faith, heart and hope!”


”Wade Fransson’s Hardness of the Heart is an engaging, can’t-put-down read, with a no holds barred look into the journey of a man in search of the meaning of life and his very existence. It is a well-written story of personal triumph with universal appeal – one that will be of interest to, and motivate, seekers of all faiths, in their noble quest to understand the Mystery of God. Wade uses his life, with its many ups and downs, its incredible accomplishments and failures with new insights uncovered at every unexpected turn to explore the meaning of reconciliation, forgiveness, strength and courage. His exploration of religious identity and faith, his quest for “pure and undefiled religion” (from James 1:27), will be of interest to all, no matter one’s religious identity.
Without preaching, Fransson provides us an opportunity to explore what is truly important in our own lives with direct relevance to the challenges facing America and the World. The Hardness of the Heart is neither the beginning nor the end of the fascinating voyage that Wade is undertaking, and thankfully has been willing to share with anyone who is as curious and in awe of life as he is.”


”In “The Hardness of the Heart” Wade Fransson commendably and disarmingly discloses his inner thoughts on the outer events happening around and to him while on his walk and journey in following our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Whether it is his struggle and conflict with ministers from religious organizations, a disintegrating marriage relationship, devastating business tornadoes or deflated personal ventures, we can identify with the roller coaster of emotions and thoughts that he experiences. Yet, he reminisces and remembers that no matter how raging or calm the waters are on the outside, he has an inner anchor through our living Lord Jesus Christ to God. This is a must-read!”


”The Hardness of the Heart is an interesting form of autobiography covering a portion of Wade Fransson’s life. It is the second volume of a trilogy which focuses primarily on his spiritual transformation and maturation.

It covers a couple decades of Fransson’s life and ties periodically back to issues and themes begun in volume one, The People of the Sign, which covers the author’s earlier years. As you’d suspect from there being three volumes (the last soon to be published), the book goes into a lot of detail. I found the specifics to be engaging and often fascinating. Whatever one may think of Fransson’s religious beliefs and spiritual emphasis, there is plenty of drama in his life experiences and in the way he describes them. As a former preacher in the Worldwide Church of God, he knows how to tell a story. And he does it throughout the book.

The narrative, along with the transparency of a man exploring his own psyche, willing to expose his failings and falterings, keep the theological reflections interesting. I presume this would hold for most readers even with little religious background or interest.

For readers who do have similar religious backgrounds, there may be special “aha’s”, a feeling of camaraderie, or perhaps an experience of support in growing beyond the boundaries often set by conservative or “literalist” styles of church.

I personally found particular interest in how the author progressed through stages of deeper understanding, confrontation both inwardly and outwardly toward others, and step-by-step withdrawal from the “Church” (basically a small denomination). This was sometimes painful and always stressful. The story has an extra layer than that of most who’ve gone through a similar process, as I have myself — Fransson was a minister and missionary of some repute in the Worldwide Church of God when it went through a series of splits. So this meant not just a quiet, simple withdrawal but a number of wrenching person-to-person tensions and partings.

The frustrations and trials of organizational life don’t end there in this book. Minister Fransson becomes Corporate Man Fransson, only to encounter a similar set of personal ambition, authority and ethics struggles in some of America’s medium-sized to very large corporations… names you will probably recognize. This slice of the book I consider perhaps as valuable as the insights on personal development and “demon slaying”. What you probably realize goes on in corporations you will get an inside glimpse of here; and sadly, it’s not a pretty picture in all too many frames.

There is a further level of self-revelation in The Hardness of the Heart — that of Fransson’s romantic life and family life. We get to see the slow agony he underwent in the collapse of his first marriage. This is part-and-parcel of the other elements he develops in greater depth and his inclusion of it certainly fills out the picture of his life… going beyond the “religious” or belief-system and career aspects. Happily, we see him learn and grow into a readiness and ability to build a deep and harmonious new relationship. His telling of this process and a suspenseful proposal to the woman he’s come to completely adore (as well as be a true friend to) I found to be a great finale.”


”This is the biography of a fundamentalist Christian minister whose hard heart and closed mind are opened by international experience, quantum physics, open minded study of the bible, experience in the corrupt dishonest corporate world, yoga and interfaith discussions. I found it very interesting, even better perhaps than the first book in the trilogy (which you don’t have to have read to read this one).”

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Weight 15.9 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in


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