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|Title: Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife|
By: Marcia Moston
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW947308
Moses never wanted to be a leader. Jonah ran away from his missions call. And when Marcia Moston's husband came home with a call to foreign missions, she was sure God had the wrong number. His call conflicted with her own dreams, demanded credentials she didn't have, and required courage she couldn't seem to find. She promised to follow where God led, but she never thought the road would lead to a Mayan village on a Guatemalan mountainside.
From the trecherous road trip to their new village home, to learning to navigate a new culture, to a stateside mission field in Vermont, Moston's journey reveals that God leads just as clearly today as he did in biblical times. Her candid account tells a story of learning to trust and obey when faithfulness seems foolish.
Written with humor and insight, Call of a Coward is an engaging reminder that with our very real God in control, cowards become courageous and ordinary people find great purpose.
Author: Marcia Moston
Located in: Greenville, SC
Submitted: May 29, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I enjoy sunshine and water, meeting people from other cultures, and making ugly houses beautiful (although the last renovation may have satisfied that urge). Although I hold degrees in sociology, Bible studies, and Christian education, God has taken me places that have required resources I didnt know I had. Its my delight to share the stories of what a very real God can do with the smallest of our offerings of obedience. I live by Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10
What was your motivation behind this project? The encouragement of others. Many times when I spoke of things God had done and adventures Id had with Him, people would tell me I needed to write a book. I realized although some of my divine interruptions and interventions were unusual, they were possible for anyone. When I wrote a paper in a secular writing workshop and the instructor told me it could be a book, I decided the world was thirsty for well-written stories of the presence of God in ordinary, everyday lives.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A fresh confidence in the Living One Who Sees Them. A sense of expectancy in encountering Him. A willingness to dare believe He is who He says He is, and whether you travel a thousand miles or a thousand feet, you can be a messenger of Godeven if you feel you lack courage and credentials.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Recording events helped me see just how involved God was in my journey. I gained a deeper appreciation of His grace, and then after the manuscript won several awards, including the 2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest, I realized it was something bigger than me. I took to heart Flannery OConnors words (and my own advice) and released the work of my hands to God. It was very freeing. It always is when we do.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Im sure all the thousands of books Ive read, from classics to contemporaries, have influenced me, but most notably, Im inspired by snippets of imagery: metaphors of the Bible, essays of E.B. White and Annie Dillard, and the stories of Rick Braggpeople who capture the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: It was with fear and trembling that I put my name in the same title line as Moses, but the story is not about me, or Moses; its about the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.