Sent by Hilary Alan

What an absolutely delightful book to read!  The front cover says “how one ordinary family traded the American dream for God’s greater purpose” and I really enjoyed finding out how that happened and why.  I appreciated how real this book was, about this family (mom, dad, their 14-year old son, and their 10-year old daughter) and their lives before sensing that God was calling them to something new and different, and then about how their lives changed as a result of responding to that call.  It’s not just a look at discerning God’s call in our lives though, it’s a very honest account of how other people reacted and their responses to the sometimes “negative” from those friends/family members, a real look at fundraising, an honest relating of the emotions while they sold off most of their earthly possessions (and some great advice about living with less!), and a really true look at how it was when they got there and started getting their time of “ministry” underway.

I have long been involved in the lives of missionaries, and used to love the annual “missions conferences” that would happen at church.  Those were great times of hearing from multiple missionaries, each of whom had different groups they were ministering to, but they all had stories of their experiences and the ways that God was using each of them to impact others.  I still get some missionary letters (although many have now switched to doing everything via email/facebook),  and I love reading the stories they share about the things God is doing!  I felt like reading this book was much like listening to a talk given during a missions conference, or reading a pile of missionary letters – you got to know this family through the book, and by the end, you really felt like they were friends.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  I was in no way required to write a positive review – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

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