Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle: Living Fully, Loving Dangerously  -     By: Kent Annan
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Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle: Living Fully, Loving Dangerously

InterVarsity Press / 2009 / Paperback

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Kent Annan left behind his comfortable world to face the world beyond its gates, where people wear his cast off clothing and survival is an open question. Apparently that was where God wanted him. Of course, just because God wants you somewhere doesn't mean its going to be easy.

In Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle follow the story of Kent Annan as he journeys out into the world to discover his calling as he lives among the world's impoverished, and takes Jesus' call seriously.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830837302
ISBN-13: 9780830837304
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Publisher's Description

In 2003 Kent Annan left behind his prosperous, comfortable upbringing to face the world beyond its gates, where people wear his cast-off clothing and seek comfort from the heat in the long shadow of his homeland. Haiti, apparently, was where God wanted him. Of course, just because God wants you somewhere doesn't mean it's going to be easy. Little did he know how important his work would be. Now, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Annan's experience living and working in Haiti has become a powerful resource for those looking to learn more about this amazing country and find out how they can help Haiti rebuild and thrive. In this book you'll enter into Annan's experience traveling and working in Haiti, and ultimately you'll be challenged to follow God into uncharted territory on a path that may lead to your local soup kitchen--or to a Haitian relief settlement. Either way, you'll learn what it means to become vulnerable in order to help others and share the embodied love of Christ. Read Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle for a vivid picture of the Haiti Annan knows, the good work happening there through organizations like Haiti Partners, and the ways you can get involved. Whether you go or stay, you'll get a fresh sense of what it means to love God and love our neighbor when love is uncomfortable, even dangerous; to see what happens when God stretches you beyond your borders into his kingdom.

Author Bio

Kent Annan is codirector of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. He's worked in Haiti since 2003living there some of the time and now traveling there regularly from Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children. Annan has spent many of his post-formal-education years going back and forth between North America and working with people who were in different and difficult situations around the world. After receiving his four-year degree, Annan worked for two years in western Europe helping refugees from the former Yugoslavia, Iran, Sierra Leone and other countries. Soon he returned for three years of seminary at Princeton, during which he spent three months studying in India. Upon graduation, he moved to Albania and then Kosovo to work with refugees there. Later he moved back to Princeton to work (and for love!)and a few years later he and his newly acquired wife moved to Haiti for two and a half years. All of these experiences have helped inform Annan's writing and life mission. Ultimately he wants to help people in need as he tries to work out what their lives have to do with ours here in the U.S. His book, tells the story of his move to Haiti and weaves together the nitty gritty joys and stumbles of living and ministering in a two-thirds world environment with reflections about faith, doubt, love and God. Currently the work in Haiti continues to grow. People face incredible daily struggles, but Haiti Partners is investing in education so that Haitians can improve their own situationsand children will grow up with better lives.

Editorial Reviews

" Following Jesus is a fresh and accessible memoir of hope and discovery. Kent's journey is an invitation for all of us to consider how we might find authentic ways to love faithfully and live humbly. In a world that desperately needs a good God to be embodied, Kent Annan offers himself as an answer to that prayer."
"This wonderful book is as much about faith and commitment and service and love and love of service as it is about the author and about Haiti. Please read it. You will be uplifted and you will be inspired, but most of all you will enjoy it."
"This is a book that emerges from the tireless struggle familiar to Haiti's slums and to Jesus' Galilee. Kent Annan's story is filled with the hope that there is a God who can set free both the oppressed and the oppressors. After all, Kent is one rich ruler who has entered the kingdom, but he had to learn that you can't drive a BMW across the border."
"It's not often you read a book at once as moving and disturbing as Kent Annan's accounts of the time he has lived among the rural poor of Haiti, where every day tested his fortitude, his marriage and his abundant store of good humor. Yet he doesn't wish to play on our feelings or to point an accusing finger. Rather, he wants to share his fears, his bewilderment, and the everyday glimmers of beauty and joy he finds among his neighbors."
"Kent Annan takes the reader on a ride through the hot spots of both this world and the individual's soul. By turns wrenching and funny, and always honest, his own story puts an unerring finger on that difficult place where a questioning mind and an open heart meet."
"I just read Kent Annan's book. I think he will join the ranks of Don Miller, Lauren Winner and Shane Claiborne as one of our most gifted younger writers. He not only writes with grace and grit, but he has an extraordinary bank of experience to draw on--as someone who has lived among the poorest and in the most dangerous settings. No platitudes, no sentimentality, no euphemisms. Just an honest eye, sharp mind and human heart."
"Lately I've encountered lots of spiritual memoirs that read the way most of those emotionally overwrought singer/songwriters sound: whiney and wiser-than-thou. This one is refreshingly different. It's built around an actual story, with a beginning, middle and end. It's a great story too, told by a likable, honest, regular guy who just happens to really know how to write. By the time you finish it, Kent Annan will be your friend; he'll have learned a lot, and so will you."
"An unpredictable book! As you read this story, words like fascinating, convicting and inspiring will come to mind, but beneath them you will feel the suffering strain--and yes, the glory--of a young couple radically following Jesus into the lives of the obscenely poor people of Haiti."
"Kent Annan is a gifted writer to keep an eye on with a message you can't afford to miss. Highly recommended!"

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