As Easter Approaches, Story of Judas Iscariot Reminds Christians To Never Give Up On Their Faith

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Author & Pastor Colin S. Smith Presents Narrative of the Ultimate Betrayal In New Book, Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot

Picture of book cover. Title, Heaven So Near - So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot by Colin S. Smith. Image of tree with birds flying out of it against a blurred background.CHICAGO, Ill., March 1, 2018— “I came as close to heaven as a person can be, without getting in.” So begins the compelling story of Judas Iscariot in by author and pastor Colin S. Smith. In Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot (Christian Focus Publications), Smith stays true to scripture as he takes readers on a journey through the three years Judas spent as a close disciple of Jesus—culminating in his ultimate betrayal of the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane.

As Easter approaches, Smith explains that the story of Judas Iscariot serves as a reminder for Christians to never give up on their faith. “Although Judas was a disciple of Jesus, he turned away as soon as it became costly and took another path. This comes as a warning to us as we see a growing trend in our culture of people who at one time identified themselves as “Christian,” and are giving up on the faith they once professed in Jesus Christ. But make no mistake, Jesus Christ is of supreme value and it is worth pursuing Him at all costs,” says Smith.

Smith’s motive for Heaven, So Near – So Far is simple: “I wrote this book for anyone struggling with the faith they once professed, anyone who is tempted to give up on Jesus. I want to encourage you not to give up. Christ rose. The tomb is empty. And that means that the future belongs to Him.”

A radio drama of Heaven, So Near – So Far will be broadcast on Unlocking the Bible syndicated stations, March 6 – 9, and on additional radio networks across the country during the weeks leading up to Easter. More information is available at

“(Judas’) story, expertly told here by Colin Smith, is an urgent cautionary tale for each one of us.” – Tim Challies, author, blogger, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Toronto

“Colin Smith’s earthy and compelling story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas will encourage you to never give up on the faith.” – Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College

Colin S. Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared nationwide through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible, and through his website,

Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot (Christian Focus Publications, ISBN: 978-1-5271-0091-6) is now available in bookstores and on Amazon. Paperback: $8.99.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about Heaven, So Near – So Far, or to arrange an interview with the author, contact Laura McGowan at or at (847) 347-5206.

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