Adventures in Saying Yes: A Journey from Fear to Faith  -     By: Carl Medearis
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While living in the Middle East, the Medearis family shared Jesus' love in many challenging, even life-threatening situations. It wasn't always easy, but God never left their side. More than just their story, this book is a guide to help you step out in bold faith. Whatever the call of Jesus is for you, it's time to begin your own adventure! Learn how to put fear in the backseat and give God the wheel. Enormous blessings lie ahead when you dare to say yes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212850
ISBN-13: 9780764212857
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Adventures Await When You Overcome Fear

This is the story of a normal family of five living a very unusual life. The Medearis family has faced Middle Eastern prisons, death threats, being kicked out of a country two times, and war. It hasn't always been easy, but in the midst of it all, the invitation of Jesus to follow and not be afraid has won the day.

But this is more than just their story. It's also a guide to help you step out in bold faith. Whether the call of Jesus for you means international intrigue, giving up all you have for the poor, or simply being the suburban neighbor you were always meant to be, it's time to begin your own adventure! To live a life where fear takes a backseat and God takes the wheel. In the end, of course, there are no promises of an easy life or a path free of troubles. But enormous blessings await those who walk in faith.

It's time to go where Jesus is calling and do what God is doing. Don't put off the adventure he's been saving just for you.

"Reading Adventures in Saying Yes is so much fun you don't realize at first how profound it is. . . . In an era when people, races, religions, and countries are being torn apart by fear, this call to move past fear and follow Jesus into caring connections is essential reading."--Lynne Hybels, Advocate for Global Engagement, Willow Creek Community Church

"You'll cry. You'll laugh. You'll shake your head in disbelief. But most of all, you'll never be the same after this book. It will inspire and ignite you to go beyond planning and start saying yes to Jesus' nonstop invitations to join him in what he's already up to in the world."--Leonard Sweet, bestselling author, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), and chief contributor to sermons.com

"We are all looking for ways to be inspired and challenged in our life with Jesus. Carl's stories don't just entertain you. They call you to live courageously in the face of your fears."--Jay Pathak, Senior Pastor, Mile High Vineyard Church, and coauthor of The Art of Neighboring

"Carl Medearis gives us a rare look into the utterly vulnerable, harrowing, uplifting, and often witty adventures of one who has dared to say yes in the face of fear for the sake of the good news. What's most amazing about this book is that it all actually happened. . . . Brilliant. Simply brilliant."--Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author

"The gospel of Jesus is not about security and segregation. . . . Adventures in Saying Yes is a compelling call to embody the risky faith and radical hospitality of Jesus!"--Brian Zahnd, Pastor of Word, Life Church (St. Joseph, MO), and author of A Farewell to Mars

"This book will press you toward a closer walk, a deeper love, and an undaunted life of following Jesus. Carl disarms the reader with his warm and engaging style, yet delivers deep biblical truth about what it means to be a fearless disciple. As a Lebanese immigrant to the States, I can promise you that Carl clearly understands the culture and made me yearn for home. I was deeply moved by what God will do through us when we simply say yes."--Lina AbuJamra, MD, pediatric ER doctor and author of Stripped

"Even if you don't like biographical books by missionaries, you are going to love this one. It's so much more than the story of a family learning how to live gracefully among Muslims. This is a text on overcoming fear, learning how to trust strangers, and allowing God to guide all you do."--Tony Campolo, PhD, Eastern University

"Written with real-life integrity and humor, this story explodes with invitations--to risk, to trust, to imagine, to open, to more . . ."--Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack

Author Bio

Carl Medearis has been living in and traveling to the Middle East for thirty years, giving him a true insider's view of the region. He is one of a handful of American expert voices in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. Carl is also the founder and host of Simply Jesus, an annual conference that has included Philip Yancey, N. T. Wright, Jefferson Bethke, and many others. Carl and his wife, Chris, live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Find out more at www.carlmedearis.com.

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    Adventures in Saying Yes: A Journey from Fear to Faith
    May 12, 2015
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Medearis family have not had the easiest life, they have lived through some very challenging and life threatening situations. From Middle Eastern prisons, being kick out of a country multiple times, death threats, and more. But they did not let fear stop them. And through the book you get to see some of their interesting life stories. But this book is not only the stories of their life, but it is also a guild about stepping out and doing things in faith instead of standing by in fear.



    Even though I normally do not review many books like this, I thought this one looked interesting so I gave it a try. And I must say I am really glad I did! Even though I may not agree with the author on everything, I really like how it talked about overcoming fear with faith. It was a good look at stepping out in faith instead of standing by and letting fear take over. Plus I really enjoyed hearing all the stories about the life of the author and his family. They sometimes went through some hard stuff or things that did not turn out like planned. But they also went through some amazing things that I probably never would have seen coming! The story was woven together well and made for a good book!



    I received this book free from Bethany House for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
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    GiniB
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    I must say that I agree with the back cover quote from Lynne Hybels, Reading Adventures in Saying Yes is so much fun you dont realize at first how profound it is.

    Each story told by Medearis gives the reader a fresh perspective on not only the adventure he and his family traveled, but also another way to move from fear to faith. Things incredible, things tragic and the full range in between those poles are part of this book. The authors style is so readable you feel like he is across the table telling you all these adventures. If storying is an effective way to relate to some people groups, then this guy has it down pat.

    So yes, I do recommend this book. It accomplishes its goal in illustrating his journey from fear to faith in a soft spoken, life lived way. It also is a great look at how the provision promised in the Bible to those that follow Gods way of doing life works. That, of course, is part of learning what faith really is. The postscript is the part that the author hopes will stick with the reader. In his special style, he ends with just one more short story about a conversation with a friend. Dont just read that though, Medearis arrives at his conclusion by living the journey. Doesnt seem work any other way.

    I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
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