Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Everyone is living for something.
What if the answer you seek causes you to uproot everything you know,to follow a call God places on your life?
It might mean you sell everything the world/America tells you is necessary to be a success, and move your entire family to a Southeast Asian country recovering from the tsunami.
Would you go?
For Hilary Alan - her husband Curt - and their two teenagers, the answer is yes.
What happens, as recounted in her memoir Sent is something considered radical to some, and amazing to the Alans.
Sent is an amazing and interesting book.
It challenges you to think outside of the 2.5 kids/great job/American success paradigm.
It shows through the Alan's experiences (including the teens), how following God can be a challenge but oh, so rewarding.
I needed to hear what Alan wrote - maybe not to join the cross-cultural church planting ministry she advocates, but to simply be reminded of the things God can do in your life - when you simply follow God's call on your life.
I especially appreciated Alan's observations on her experience - and how simply living in community with her neighbors - helped spread the gospel of Jesus more effectively than any "force fed preaching."
I was surprised at a few things - including how a friend was treated after a stillbirth/miscarriage by her family, and how another person within Alan's world was forced to change career plans because of a disfiguring accident.
I think one of the things that makes this a solid book is that it 1) isn't gratuitously full of self promotion and 2) It gave me a new appreciation for some of my friends serving overseas.
In all, I give this book a solid four out of five. It's a spiritual memoir that is solid and encouraging.
About The Author
HILARY ALAN, a former public relations professional, is a wife and mother of two children. Hilary and her family moved to Southeast Asia in the aftermath of a tsunami that destroyed villages, homes, businesses, and hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, the Alans continue to advance the work of Christ internationally in their involvement with a church in North Carolina as they prepare for another overseas assignment.
Find this book at Amazon.
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher's book review service, Blogging for Books. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
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