No Greater Love - eBook
An Inspiring Memoir
No Greater Love is a memoir of one man's and one family's journey- physical and spiritual- to Ethiopia to care for unwanted orphans. When Levi Benkert, a successful businessman, first received a call to travel to Ethiopia to help with an orphanage for "cursed" children who had been rescued from death, he planned to refuse. Little did he know that not only would he travel to Ethiopia for this short term trip, but his family would also relocate to Ethiopia to work to save the orphans.
Levi Benkert, along with Candy Chand, shares this memoir of his journey. From struggling in a failing business, to making his own plans, to learning to trust God through all, this is truly a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. This is a moving retelling of Levi's story. With an easy, conversational tone, it was easy to read and difficult to put down. I was moved to hear of the plight of these "cursed" orphans. I was inspired by the faith of Levi and his wife as they sought to trust God in the midst of some difficult times. And I was reminded, once again, to listen to hear God's call for my own life.
I give this one a strong 4, inspirational stars and a G rating.
June 19, 2012
Couldn't put it down!
Read the whole book in a day.... Excellent, must read.
July 6, 2012
a must read
A little while ago, I got the chance to read this book, No Greater Love by Levi Benkert. I received it free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a positive review but I'm going to give one for this book! I wanted to read this book because it's subject has been touching my heart lately. As I prepare myself for going to Africa myself in November, I wanted to read about other peoples journey's. I think it arrived in the mail on a Friday and by Saturday morning I was finished with it. It was by no means a short book but I just couldn't put it down. I was in tears before I even finished the first chapter.
Levi Benkert had been playing at the park with his kids when he got a phone call from a friend urging him to take a two week trip to Ethiopia. He went and 6 weeks later, he and his wife sold their house, packed up their kids and moved there. They rescued children who were condemned to death by a tribal superstition.
His stories of their triumphs and their failures will touch your heart. His stories were honest and at times very raw. His journey was not an easy one but he found purpose and meaning to his life. I highly recommend this book. One statement jumped out at me and I'd heard it before but forgot it was this. "We were made for more than this" This book challenges you to step out in faith and do the unthinkable. I loved it.
July 2, 2012
Faith in Action
Generally, few people expect that a single phone call will change everything about them. Levi Benkert is no exception, yet within a few short months one phone call had him moving from one continent to another, engaging in a ministry he didnÃ¢ÂÂt even know about, and learning lessons he didnÃ¢ÂÂt even know he needed to learn. In the introduction to the book, Levi says Ã¢ÂÂGod needs no heroes to work for HimÃ¢ÂÂ¦if our family accomplished good, it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt because of us Ã¢ÂÂ it was because of Him.Ã¢ÂÂ That humble statement is symbolic of the way in which Levi tells his tale Ã¢ÂÂ he didnÃ¢ÂÂt know he was going to be a hero, and yet there are Ethiopian Ã¢ÂÂmingiÃ¢ÂÂ children alive today because he followed his heart and His God into the sun-scorched middle of nowhere and spent himself. If that isnÃ¢ÂÂt a hero in the most classic sense, then I donÃ¢ÂÂt know the meaning of the word.
If youÃ¢ÂÂve ever watched the movie Ã¢ÂÂThe Gods Must Be CrazyÃ¢ÂÂ you might get the idea that tribal people in the wastelands of Africa are not motivated by spiritual concerns, except in a good way. The reality is that in places all over the world, the mystical and spiritual circumstances are desperate Ã¢ÂÂ people are people, after all, and where there is disease and misfortune, someone must be blamed. In remote Ethiopian villages, the blame rests on children who have done nothing other than have their upper teeth grow before their bottom ones. There are other circumstances wherein children are declared Ã¢ÂÂmingiÃ¢ÂÂ there, but they are no more substantial than the order of teeth coming in.
Enter Levi and his family. Through the grace of God, they began working among the tribes in Ethiopia to at least keep the children from their mandated deaths Ã¢ÂÂ instead trying to take care of them as orphans. The whole story is so complex and in some places frustrating and difficult, but in the end, God worked through the Benkert family to offer hope where there had only been desperation. James 1:27 says Ã¢ÂÂReligion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distressÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ The Benkerts did just that. They lived their faith, purely and faultlessly, to GodÃ¢ÂÂs glory.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255
June 21, 2012