Grasping Heaven: A Young Doctor's Journey to China and Beyond  -     By: Annelies Wilder Smith, Einar Wilder Smith
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Grasping Heaven: A Young Doctor's Journey to China and Beyond

Deep River Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Grasping Heaven tells the story of medical missionary to China, Dr. Tami Fisk. She went to serve the poor Yi people in the Great Cold Mountains of China. This volume shares many excerpts from her journals, documents her struggle with cancer and "homecoming" to heaven in 2005.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Deep River Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1935265342
ISBN-13: 9781935265344

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Grasping Heaven is the story of a young lady doctor from Denver Dr Tami Fisk. Her journey led her to do pioneer work among the Yi minority in the Great Cold Mountains of West China. After three years her promising time in China was cut short as she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. The ensuing story is her final journey that ultimately led to her death. A story of faith, courage and a remarkable sense of humor.Grasping Heaven also reveals the striking parallels of Dr. Fisk and the life of Dr. Broomhall, who forty years ago was the first to work among the Yi. His time was cut short due to the communist take over. After three years he had to leave the country. With excerpts from Tami's journal, the book shares her anecdotes and observations of the Yi people in China, in particular her stories of being a Martian . I have recently come to a startling conclusion: I am, in fact, a Martian. Let me explain . Since being in Zhaojue, many people have gaped at me with looks that can only mean they ve discovered a life form never encountered before. Whenever I did anything, such as speak, eat, or buy things, they would congregate around me, watch in awe, and discuss it among themselves, probably commenting on how human (or not) my actions appeared. Whenever I was inside a place with windows, people would come in waves for a glimpse of this new creature. - Though to be fair, I m equally fascinated with the Yi?'s faces, each of which tells a different storyAlso included are some of her most famous stories are her culinary adventures. Drunken Shrimp. Have you ever tried that? These are the freshest shrimp I ve ever eaten. They certainly were not overcooked. They weren t even dead. In this local specialty, the chef takes live shrimp and marinates them in a series of sauces, letting them flush out their little digestive tracts. They are served in a mixture of alcohol, chili, and other spices. The ones on the bottom of the dish are in a drunken stupor, but the ones on top, because they re not fully soaking in the alcohol mixture, tend to wake up and start moving. Once one jumped out of the dish The key is to take on that is not moving, and hope that is doesn t sober up on the way to your mouth cause it s rude to throw it back Along with the interesting, and often funny entries included in Grasping Heaven, the book provides an introduction to the new organization named MSI which was founded by Dr Jim Taylor III, the great-grandson of Hudson Taylor. The amazing history of how God hath wrath (the words of Dr. Taylor) blends into Tami?'s life story.It also gives a glimpse into the life and beliefs of the Yi people a plight that will hopefully attract some readers to consider living and working among them. Finally, Tami?'s insights on heaven are an encouragement and will serve as an eye-opener to many readers. A final poem by Tami clearly tells how she has grasped heaven.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 1, 2010
    Edna Tollison
    Even when Tami was only 9 years old she knew that she wanted to be a missionary and a doctor serving overseas on the mission field. As she grew up and was in high school she studied and made the best grades that she could. She wanted to go onto college and she did. With such great grades she wad received scholarships to two of the best colleges but she wanted to stay near home so that she work and then later go to a better college as she became a doctor.Tami always had a Bible in her hand and a notebook near by so that she could keep notes of anything that she thought important. She did finish college, medical college and her residency. Her first thought was that God wanted her to serve in Africa but after a trip to China and meeting these people she felt led to serve in China.Before she could serve long, she had come home for a stay and that is when she found the cancer. Tami never stopped helping people and the Chinese as long as she was able. Then one night with her family around her she went out to meet the God she had served all her life. When her family came home from the hospital after Tami passed her brother opened her laptop and there was a poem there that she had left for her family. Tami had never married and used all her time in the service for God. This is what her brother and her parents found on her laptop.This book was sent to me for review by Arielle at Bring It On Communications
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