Truckee pastor authors ‘Shadows in the Desert’
Staff reportsFrom his Truckee mountain home of 30 years, Brian Larson has written his first book.”Shadows in the Desert,” published in November, is about a tent God required Moses to build in the desert and what it means to the lives of people today. This is Larson’s first book in a long career in the ministry. A respected and well-liked pastor, Larson teaches on a national radio show, True to His Word, which is broadcast on more than 400 stations. Larson and his family moved to Truckee from Southern California in 1975. As a pastor, he began a nondenominational fellowship in North Lake Tahoe in 1978, which became Calvary Chapel of Truckee in 1981 when the church began meeting at Truckee High School auditorium. Twenty-three years later, Larson continues to pastor Calvary Chapel which meets at the school on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.Through the years, Larson and his wife, Joyce, have raised six children who have gone through Truckee public schools. They now have 10 grandchildren.Teaching through the Bible for over three decades, Larson has become more and more impressed with how much the Old Testament books of the Bible, starting from Genesis, allude to the life and ministry of Jesus.His attention was drawn to the explanation in Exodus and Leviticus of the tabernacle, a tent that the Hebrews used to worship God.A few years ago, he created a college course for Calvary Chapel Bible College’s Grass Valley campus called “Christ in the Tabernacle.” From his notes and study for this course, “Shadows in the Desert” was written.”The Old Testament comes alive when you look at it through the eyes of the New Testament. The tabernacle, which I think some dub the most boring part of the Scripture, hard to get through, comes alive when you realize it’s all there for a reason, to tell us about our relationship with Jesus Christ and to encourage us in it,” Larson said.The book is being distributed at Truckee Books, the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks and the Calvary Chapel of Truckee office at the Airport Business Park. Call 587-1711for more information.