Saturday, April 8, 2017

Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places

   BOOK REVIEW:  Perhaps that's the greatest reason why He calls us to dangerous places: so that we will know His astonishing, sacrificial, life-restoring love.  Weaving together scripture, her story, and the testimonies of others, Kate McCord explores what is lost and what is gained when we follow God at any cost. She writes for those who go and those who love them, since love shares in suffering. Written with the weight of glory in the shadow of loss, Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places will inspire Christians to count the cost--and pay it--and so come closer to the heart of God.

   MY REVIEW: This is the third book written by Kate McCord after having spent several years in Afghanistan, the previous two being In the Land of Blue Burqas and Farewell, Four Waters. I enjoyed all of them. It makes me wonder abit how a person can write three books on their experience in Afghanistan, but the books are surprisingly different. In the Land of Blue Burqas is Kate's story of her ministry there. Farewell, Four Waters is a novel compossed of different true events, making a nonfiction fiction, if there is such a thing. And Whiy God Calls Us to Dangerous Places is about the sacrifices made both by Kate herself, those she left behind, and other aid workers who gave themselves to serve.
   I liked the emphasis in this book on WHY. Why does God call us to dangerous places? A few reasons Kate gives are:

  •   Because we can't touch people, heal their bodies, hand them a book, or worship and pray for them from 7,400 miles away. Love and truth takes on flesh and walks the earth, and He does so within us. 
  • Because He loves people who live in dangerous places. In fact, He loves people so much that He Himself came to a dangerous place. 
We can't witness from a distance. And we can't profess to have the greatest treasure and not want to share it with those who so desperately need it too.
   Kate sent out for statements from other aid workers to include in her book, so not only is this her story, it is their story. I always like when authors do that--it shows they are not interested in bragging up their story, but in getting the story out to inspire others.

              I recieved this book from MOODY PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review.

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