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|Title: Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.
By: Christopher Yuan, Angela Yuan
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
Stock No: WW729354
"Out of a Far Country reads like a modern rendition of the prodigal son parable, only it is more gripping. The journey taken by Christopher Yuan is rarely documented. Be prepared, for the raw emotions of both mother and son authentically mark every page. The spiritual lessons to be gained from this book are many. May it gain a vast audience!" - J. Paul Nyquist, PhD, president of Moody Bible Institute
"This is a moving account of how an Asian mother's fragile love turns into a prayerful, patient, and tenacious force of forgiveness. It is also a gripping narrative of a son's search for belonging and meaning. Out of a Far Country breeds hope in every despairing heart." - Lisa Espineli Chinn, director of International Student Ministries for InterVarsity/USA
"The Good Shepherd knows his sheep and calls them by name. Christopher Yuan, trapped in a life of drugs and sexual addiction, heard that call and rose to follow Jesus. His and his mother's account of that rising is a profound story of redemption that all of us in this broken generation need to hear." - Duane Litfin, president emeritus of Wheaton College in Illinois
"Relevant, courageous, fascinating, and much more. I have known the Yuans for many years, and their walk is in line with their talk. This important and needed story goes against the wind, but it is one hundred percent in the right direction." - Dr. George Verwer, founder and former international director of Operation Mobilisation
"Out of a Far Country is a true-life parable of saving grace for a prodigal mother and a wayward son who needed God's forgiveness. Their story will warm the heart and lift the spirit of every parent who prays for a wandering child and every believer who needs to be reminded why the gospel is good news." - Dr. Philip G. Ryken, president of Wheaton College in Illinois
"At one point, Angela and Christopher were living worlds apart. I have heard their story countless times, and it never grows old. I know you will be amazed by the God who did the impossible to bring this mother and son back together." - Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International
"This is the story of God's persistent chase of a wayward son through the prayers and love of a determined mother. But even more, it is a testimony to the fact that loving God is a far more satisfying pursuit than following our own desires. I am thankful that Christopher and Angela are willing to be so transparent about their journey. Christopher's desire to follow Christ regardless of the struggle stands as a model for all who desire to love God with all their heart." - Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
"God snatched Christopher Yuan from a desperately empty life and offered him the hope of Jesus Christ. This is a story of God's redemption, love, and mercy in the midst of overwhelming sin and a heart that was far from God. Get two copies of this bookyou will want to give one to a friend who needs Jesus." - Dr. James MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Author: Christopher Yuan
Located in: Chicago, IL
Submitted: November 11, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.
But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.
Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference.
He is featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).
What was your motivation behind this project? We hope that it gets into the hands of those who have given up or are about to give up hope. And we pray that prodigals discover that they can always come homeÑno matter how far the country. Our Heavenly Father is waiting!
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