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5 Stars Out Of 5
January 3, 2009
This easy-read is an absolute jewel for several reasons. First, it is an honest, compassionate and culturally appreciative look at life in eastern Europe under Soviet domination for 45 years after WW II. It is also a candid and self-deprecating journal of a very human, endearing young American woman willing to sacrifice the comfort, safety and warm relationships of home to bring Christ to young adults who, in many cases, had never heard Jesus' Name, much less anything about Him. Taryn is also a wonderful example of a single woman in her 30's with a deep desire to spend her time and gifts wisely for God, rather than simply waiting for her prince to arrive. Finally, this is a story of God's sovereign faithfulness and grace to a deeply suffering people and to one young person completely committed to Him. This would be a great book for a book club because each chapter includes discussion questions at the end. Enjoy!
As a full-blooded Eastern European follower of the Messiah I admit a healthy dose of skepticism upon hearing about this book. My lifelong reading passion has taught me that our best intentions towards historical objectivity seem to be insufficient to prevent cultural toe-stepping. The stereotyped piety of many a Christians writings has left me both bored spitless and with the nagging sense that Christians, and especially missionaries are spiritual Supermen, a peculiar breed that doesnt share the common gene-pool with the rest of humanity. So I braced for both the cultural and spiritual assault and plunged into reading. Page by page, layer by layer, I was disarmed, thawed and drawn into this beautifully transparent, hilarious story, re-living many of the cathartic moments which marked the continents turbulent decade, laughing and crying with this unlikely heroine and falling deeper in love with her and this crazy God whom she so faithfully, wholeheartedly trusts. Countless times I had to stop mid-chapter and interrupt my husband in whatever he was doing to read aloud the portions from the book. I just couldnt keep it to myself. What a wild ride on the train of personal and multi-national history woven together by the Hand of Love we know and experience so little of. Thank you, Taryn. We wait you next book.
Almost 20 years has past since changes swept Eastern Europe. Anyone who followed the events, prayed, gave financially, went, or knows some one who went needs to read this book. Taryn tells the rest of the story. He examples of waiting on her faithful God challenge me to wait too
I have alwys been fascinated with WWII and the aftermath of what happened to Europe. The book "We Wait You" is fascinating on several levels as it takes place in a significant time in Eastern Europe when the grip of totalitarianism is finally being loosened or broken. The small freedoms the people find hard to digest is revealing as it takes more than a few days to change a mind-set for both civil and religious freedom. The author writes in a very easy to read conversational style and you feel you are listening to history unfold.On a spiritual level I was deeply moved at the deep spiritual connection this group of Christians had with not only each other but how comfortable they were in sharing the gospel with people who had never heard it and were so ready to hear about God's love and Christ's sacrifice for us all. You could tell the hearts of the Eastern Europeans had been primed by the Holy Spirit and the "team" had also been primed and given boldness by the same Spirit. I got the book on a Sunday morning and read half on Sunday afternoon and the other half the next day. It is a book that I will keep and highly recommend to others
Love, Love LOVE this book! Taryn does a fabulous job, intriguing you with her REAL life stories. She will make you smile, cry, laugh out loud, even hide under the covers at times and more importantly, just be field with joy as you travel along with her through her experiences! A Must Read!