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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Chosen Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 (inches)|
With over 10 million sold, this classic work is now available in a new edition for young readers ages 9 to 12, complete with riveting illustrations. The exciting narrative follows the dangerous true-life mission of Brother Andrew, a Dutch factory worker who goes undercover to transport Bibles across closed borders. The courage of this young man will thrill a new generation of readers. They will meet one of the heroes of the faith--and discover the miraculous ways in which God provides for those who trust him.
Let Brother Andrew's powerful adventure story, which has awed millions, inspire the young people in your life. Through its pages they will grow in knowledge of the mission field and understand more clearly what it means to risk everything to follow God's heart.
John and Elizabeth Sherrill, co-authors of numerous classics and two of the co-founders of Chosen Books, have traveled the world in search of stories that reveal the power of God. Learn more at www.elizabethsherrill.com.
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Good AbridgmentAugust 12, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Intense. Edge-of-your-seat action. Heart-wrenching. Each of these three Praises only scratch the surface of how impactful Gods Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill produced by chosen books actually is.
The story of brother Andrew is one you may not be familiar with. During the Cold War the spread of the Gospel had been hindered in Eastern Europe for communism is incompatible with Christianity. Yet when the world seems at its darkest Christ will shine its brightest. God called a man to not only deliver Gods word to those who need it but to share the gospel and melt the hearts of his enemies. The book Gods Smuggler is a autobiography of brother Andrews life. Now until recently brother Andrews story had been written at a popular level inaccessible to some. In typical fashion Chosen Publications saw this need and created a young readers edition of this impactful book. While it is an abridgment of the original work any late Elementary or early middle school age child will find this book gripping and impactful. Part of the gripping nature of this Edition is due to the addition of drawings throughout the book. These drawings bring the reader into the story making it real to them. I highly recommend this book.
This book was provided to me free of charge via Crossfocus Reviews from Chosen Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
2016 by Brother Andrew
Publisher: Chosen Press
Page Count: 224 Pages
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very intriguing look at one of the ways God used to spread His Word around the worldJuly 10, 2017SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill: Young Reader's Edition is quite an interesting read.
It gives you an overview of the life of 'Brother Andrew, as he later became known, he was a Bible smuggler.
Andrew, like everyone, did not start out life as a Christian, he was struggling with life-purpose into his early adulthood. He became a Christian and had a growing desire for knowledge of the Word of God and an eagerness to put into practice what he learned and to share the Gospel with others.
After becoming a Christian, Andrew became aware of, and concerned with the peril of churches in countries that were under communist rule. He found that the Bible, in many of those countries, was scarce and hard to obtain, despite the idea being touted by the communists that they promoted freedom of religion. In some countries there were no Bibles being printed, in others there were plenty of Bibles available but hardly anyone was interested in owning one, and in one country the communists advertised that they were printing their own translation of the Bible, but they delayed its publication and did not allow any other publication of Bibles. Andrew sees a ministry opportunity in this need for Bibles and starts smuggling Bibles into those countries. This book details many of the ways that God protected Andrew and his co-workers in their getting the Bibles past the various country borders.
I do need to mention a couple of things that I didn't feel comfortable with the prophetic 'impressions' that Andrew and other people had about certain things: Feeling positive that God would give a car, or getting a confident thought that God would not let authorities harm them on a certain day. How does one know that one's confidence is in God at those moments and not merely in one's own feelings/desires? Perhaps this may be considered a drastic example, but what if I am locked up in jail for being a Christian and I'm not given any food. I will think that I need food, I may even have an impression that God will supply it, but what if it turns out that God wants me to starve, die and be with Him? That was my problem, and the fact that Andrew never seemed to believe that God would ever say "no" to anything he asked (like getting a helpmeet for instance). I know that they didn't mean it this way but it could come across to a kid as if God will give you any material, earth-based thing for which you ask.
But other than those things I really liked the book. One of my favorite parts to read was of a time before Andrew became a Bible smuggler. He went to a missionary training school, and quite a unique one! The school actually sounded like a real mission school based on faith in God and His provision rather than teaching potential missionaries to solicit people for funds and help. "The real purpose of this training.is to teach our students that they can trust God to do what He said. He would doThey cannot be effective if they are afraid or if they doubt that God really means what He says in His Word." On their practice Evangelistic trips they would be sent out with only one pound, and would rely upon God to supply their needs and His supplying did not merely take the form of money, it also took the form of food and clothes being given at just the right time. That seems to be a more biblical form of missionary activity than what one sees nowadays, and more faith-based. I know that all missionaries are not like this, but many come across as if they focus on money and the help of people If they really are called to the mission field, God will give the needed supplies even without them going to people for help. So I was very refreshed to see the perspective of the people in this book in regards to their trust in God to supply all their needs.
I believe that I would have liked this account a lot as a kid and a teenager. It was very well written, intriguing and it left me wanting more. It is quite fascinating to see what God has done in the lives of other Christians and to see the various circumstances God put them in in order to conform them to the image of Christ and to bring the Gospel to other people. I think that this was an abridgment of the original work and so one can probably find an unabridged copy of this account
if one wants to learn more (which I will probably end up doing).
Many thanks to the folks at Cross Focused Reviews for the free review copy!
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5great readJuly 9, 2017MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It has been at least 30 years since I read God's Smuggler, and I can't remember anything about it. That means I have no idea how different this young reader's edition is from the original. This is an abridged version, so it is obvious that it is shorter than the original.
This is an awesome story, made even more so by it being true. I tend to read a lot of Christian suspense novels, and this book kept my attention as much as one of those do. I was encouraged and convicted as I read the many stories related in the book, and of how strong the faith was of Brother Andrew and those helping him. It is truly amazing how often Bibles were smuggled right under the noses of guards and others when they were practically in plain sight. Not to leave out the miraculous way Brother Andrew's schooling and even his house were paid for.
The book is also a sobering reminder that not everyone is free to worship as we are, and not everyone has access to Bibles as we do here in America. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and though I don't consider the reading level "dumbed down", for lack of a better term, the targeted age group (9-12) will definitely enjoy it. As will older kids and adults.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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