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Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5April 17, 2010Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI am not much of a non-fiction reader, however, there were parts of this novel that read like fiction, so they interested me the most. I also loved the illustrations and spiritual lessons that the authors applied to their lives. Lisa has a cute way of saying things at times that really speaks to my heart. I thought this was a good effort on both mother and daughter's part to show the world what they learned from their experiences as they followed the Scriptures about true religion, which is taking care of the orphans and the widows. A few spot in this book were slow and dragged a bit so I skimmed them. The font was a bit hard on my eyes as it was small and the cursive was a bit difficult to read at times as well. Overall, this was a good effort for communicating putting love into action. I learned something from this book that made me think more about what is important. I also thought it was neat that Tom Davis was part of this book as well as Claudia Mair Burney. I really, really, really loved Tom Davis's novel, Scared. There were some illustrations in this book that were familiar already because I recalled reading them in Scared. The poverty in Swarziland is horrific, and thankfully Children's Hope Chest is an organization that is doing something about it.
Andrea Schultz5 Stars Out Of 5April 15, 2010Andrea SchultzPart One of this book describes the spiritual journey of Lisa & her husband Will, and their children. The family was living in a large home in suburban Baltimore, and living the American Dream. Over time, they discovered that Jesus commandments & the American Dream were not necessarily compatible. Lisa was also discovering that God loves her regardless of her to-do list. Lisa & her husband, Will, felt that God was leading them to move to Lexington, KY; they eventually did just that, making their house downtown a house of hospitality, where people of all types were welcome. Lisa also realized that she needed her life to be devoted to the Lord:I look at my whole life as a mission from God. My life isnt divided between church and the real world, so everything I do ought to further the kingdom of God here on earth. Its a bit like thinking of yourself as a missionary/relief worker in your own hometown. (p. 55)Think of what a better world we would have if all Christians lived that way!All of these revelations from God were leading Lisa & Ty to a trip to Swaziland with Childrens HopeChest. Part Two of the book takes us on their journey. One of the real-life heroes in this book is Pastor Walter, whose flock has been decimated by all of these plagues. Here's how Lisa describes the work of a pastor in this land:Pastors in Swaziland dont have the luxury of worrying about saving souls instead they worry about keeping hungry, undernourished, and disease-wracked bodies alive for another day, another week. Pastor Walters field of corn was a church building project worth supporting. (p. 101) I was so touched & blessed reading about the journey that Lisa & her family are on these days. They truly are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). It is encouraging to see their obedience, & it makes me strive for the same, & to live the life that the Lord has planned for me.This book was provided by Zondervan for review purposes.
Cafe Lily Book Reviews4 Stars Out Of 5April 12, 2010Cafe Lily Book ReviewsLisa Samson was cozy, content and settled. Though she didnt consider herself rich, she was living a life of comfort, luxury and self-absorption. Ty Samson, (Lisas daughter and co-author for this book), had plans to live in New York, become an architect and wear all the latest fashions. She dreamed of glamour and romance. Both women were used to living in a nice house and driving nice cars. They ate well, traveled and shopped. Ty describes their life before Africa as a shiny bubble that kept us unaware of any trouble in the world.And then God dropped a bomb. According to Lisa, God snatched her out of her consumerist Christianity and compelled her family to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and reach out to the less fortunate. Lisa and her husband felt drawn to be a part of the intentional community (emerging church) movement which eventually led the Samson family to give up their large home and move to downtown Lexington in 2005. After volunteering with various community outreaches, Lisa and Ty were given the opportunity to travel to Swaziland and from that trip, this book about social justice was born. If you are interested in serving your community you dont have to travel as far as Lisa and Ty did, to be the hands and feet of Christ. There are plenty of opportunities.
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