This version of Gods Smuggler is an updated and expanded Christian classic. I have not read previous versions, but am so glad I had the opportunity to read this one. It has inspired me, and I loved every minute of the adventure. In fact, since it arrived, I have read it twice.
Put simply, this is an inspiring and gripping adventure of simple faith in God.
Brother Andrew was born an adventurer. We get to know this about him as the writer shares some of his childhood antics, even against German soldiers during the occupation. When Andrew was old enough, he joined the Dutch army for adventure. However, it was not long until the pain and trauma of war overtook Andrew. In the hospital, he remembered the Bible his mother gave him and began to turn to the Lord. We get to see his journey of transformation as he comes to a full and complete surrender.
Then as Andrew began to grow in his new Christian life, God called him to a mission that fit perfectly with his personalitya mission of adventure, smuggling Bibles and encouraging other Christians far from home. Additionally, in this new and updated version we get to hear about Brother Andrew's meeting with Hezbollah, and also what he and the Open Doors ministry are doing today in the Islamic world.
The book shows:
The power of prayer.
How God uses a fully believing and surrendered heart.
How God connects us with the right people at the right times and places.
How God provides.
How God uses simple obedience to transform lives.
How God gently leads us by steps into what He has for us.
God has used Brother Andrews life story to inspire, encourage, and build my faith. When I first received the book, it sat on my nightstand for a week or so without my opening it. Then one night I was contemplating reading the book, and I heard the Lord say, I sent you this book. I opened it and didnt put it down until the early morning hours. So, if you are reading this review, you need to get the book. It is a thrilling adventure that at the same time will minister to your spirit and soul.
I received this book from the publisher, Chosen, in exchange for an honest review.
I don't like biographies. I just do not like them, they bore me. But, this book was amazing. I cannot think of enough words to describe it. It had me hooked from the very first chapter. Brother Andrew's faith was so so inspiring and encouraging. The miracles that God preformed in his life literally brought tears to me eyes. I believe every Christian, young or old, should read this captivating story.
On the book cover, it says "more thrilling than a spy story." That could not be more true. From Brother Andrew's time in war, to smuggling a Bible bedtime the Iron Curtain, it was all way more thrilling than any spy story I have read.
His story proves that no matter what your past, what you have done, God still loves you and He wants to use you. God can and will forgive you. The description says it will "inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith." That's definitely what this book done for me.
***I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
As a child of the Cold War era, I learned a chilling fascination for anything to do with The Iron Curtain. When my high school music teacher started spending her summer vacations on short-term missions trips to Eastern Europe, I was certain that I, too, would be called to minister in lands closed to the Gospel, so I began to prepare by copying all my record albums onto cassette tapes (more portable) and by reading everything I could get my hands on about the Soviet Block countries. I held my breath through Gods Smuggler by Brother Andrew close calls at the border crossings with Bibles hidden in every nook and cranny of his V.W.; expulsion from Yugoslavia by the secret police; his holy boldness in defying regimes that were bent on snuffing out the light of truth in their land.
Sixty years after Brother Andrews first trip, an expanded version of Gods Smuggler has been released with an epilogue that chronicles his thirty-plus years of ministry in the Muslim world. As the head of a world-wide ministry called Open Doors, Brother Andrew is still working to encourage and strengthen the persecuted church. The work has expanded from simply smuggling Bibles to also providing training for church leaders, offering small business loans to encourage Christians to become financially independent, and advocating for those who have been unjustly imprisoned. Although, at age 86, Brother Andrew is no longer travelling, he is still on the offensive with an aggressive Great Commission prayer ministry.
A Christian classic with over 10 million sold, Gods Smuggler is a fascinating biography set in a unique period of history in which the church found grace to grow in spite of persecution and hardship. Alongside stories of bravery and sacrifice are the humorous accounts of playing cat and mouse with Communist officials, inspiring tales in which money appeared from an unexpected source in tandem with an unforeseen need; and a quietly heroic marriage that withstood the strain of frequent separations with the continual threat of arrest and imprisonment. Corry and Andrews mantra was: We dont know where were going, but were glad were going there together.
Although the Iron Curtain is now a relic of the past, there are still places where followers of Christ are paying for their beliefs with their freedom and even with their blood. While I never did receive that call to be a missionary, I still read Brother Andrews Prayer of Gods Smuggler with the same heart-felt response that came when I first read it at age sixteen:
Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture that I want to take to Your children across this border. When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.
Gods Smuggler is a call to action on behalf of the persecuted church and a call to prayer on behalf of those who faithfully serve.
This book was provided by Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Andrew grew up in a poor, but loving family in Holland. Years later found Brother Andrew sneaking behind the Iron Curtain to secretly deliver Bibles to the believers trapped there. Smuggling Bibles isn't without peril and hardships. But Brother Andrew was granted miracles and beautiful friendships with people all over the world that enabled him to spread the message of love to people who were starving for the message.
I read this book years ago and couldn't put it down. So I was delighted with a chance to read the newest addition with the extras that were added to it. It's still a captivating story that inspires and convicts the reader. The writers have written the story to thrill the reader, but also to show the depths of love and great lengths that God will go to, to read His children. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story, but also those who have a burden for spreading the word of God.
I received this book free of charge from Chosen in exchange for my honest review.
I recently finished reading God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew. Wow! What an incredible read! This was such an inspiring and fast-paced book! Brother Andrew's life has been full of breathless and exciting moments- all because he said "Yes" to God's call. I remember my mom reading this to my sisters and me when we were all little girls. I can recall thinking to myself how scary all those moments of smuggling Bibles must have been. It was a nostalgic read for that very reason, and I showed my mom this new edition with a great deal of excitement. I don't think I've ever flown through a non-fiction book like I have this one! Exciting, challenging, and heart pounding until the very last page! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.