Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Wild of God: A Review

Story Cartel is a pretty awesome website that gives me free books in exchange for an honest review. I get to read the description and decide which ones I want to review. And I like it that way because I don't have time to review a bunch of books that I don't think I would like.

A few weeks ago I got an email and read the description of this book. I wanted to read it, but I was skeptical about liking it. I was afraid it would be all about how he shared God with these people and they were amazed and blessed and stuff.

I was very pleasantly surprised that the book is focused on his growth and his relationship with God. He sees the beauty and power of God in all of these people and places. He learns from them as much as they learn from him. He is respectful of the places that he is going and what they are going through. He does not try to make them more like him. He simply observes and attempts to help. He goes on some crazy adventures just to see how God will show up. It isn't something that everyone could do, but it is something that everyone can learn from. It isn't a one time event that only rich people with extra time can do. It is something that most anyone can try because the World Race is a mission trip that anyone can go on.

His approach to the entire experience was an attempt to learn. That makes all the difference in the book.

My Amazon Review:

I often forgot I hadn't lived these stories. I found myself wanting to tell others about his experiences as if they were mine!

His story telling is powerful and realistic. His revelations about himself and God are right on target with where I find myself in my walk. His observations about travel and its impact resonated with the things I have learned in my meager travels.

The only negative I could find was that there was a legend he contributed to the Mayans, but I thought it was Aztec. However, that is often the case with those two people groups. Their stories and legends often get mixed up. And even this negative proves the reality of travel, the story you are living is bigger than the facts you thought you knew.

Book Description

January 9, 2013
Eric Hanson claimed to follow the most remarkable person in history, yet his life was as exciting as sugarless gum. Confronted with a disparity between a promise of abundant life and what he saw in life surrounding him, he left everything behind for a year to travel around the globe through the world’s poorest countries.

Refugees, hermits, prostitutes, mobs, secret police, monks, and a motorcycle gang. A dangerous journey introduces us to a fresh side of faith, God, and a fulfilling life.

“"My eyes were opening to whole new levels of pain and poverty, darkness and despair, I saw new and altogether beautiful things become real to me. The Bible is full of God’s promises of healing and restoration, but those words always seemed plastic and hollow to me. For the first time in my life, I began to see God move and heal—to truly touch people in the midst of unbearable pain. And in that, God’s message of restoration suddenly took on a significant, real-life meaning to me.

As I watched Jose’s transformation, my heart was ripped from my chest and squeezed until my muted soul could hear God whispering that this—real change, real love, not contrite phrases in an old book—was the heart of God for His people.”"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: WestBowPress (January 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Price: $13.41

Disclaimer: I received a free copy (after I requested it) from Story Cartel in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by anything other than the book. And I added the links to Amazon because that is where I reviewed it. I was not asked by Amazon, Story Cartel, or any affiliate to add the links to Amazon.