Riley Unlikely  -     By: Riley Banks-Snyder
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Riley Unlikely

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Riley Banks Snyder first travelled to Kenya when she was thirteen, and she's been back every year since. In that time, while listening for God's calling, she's founded the non-profit Genernation Next to establish a school in Kibwezi, Kenya.

Funny. Gripping. Compelling. Riley Unlikely will inspire you to pursue your wildest, most passionate dreams because God has an amazing story written just for you. Look no further than the true-life story of Riley Banks-Snyder--one teen whose dream awoke a nation.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0310347874
ISBN-13: 9780310347873

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Riley Unlikely is the inspiring story of Riley Banks, who first traveled to Kenya at age 13, and has been back every year since bringing backpacks of school supplies and hygiene kits for young girls, developing relationships and friendships, and is currently, as a young millennial, raising money to build a complete learning complex in Kibwezi, Kenya for those who have nothing. 

At age sixteen Riley learned that, because of a rare medical condition, she would never be able to have her own children. Devastating news to most young women, especially those who love children and have always dreamed of having their own family. But Riley’s response was: Kenya has given me a thousand children.

Riley’s stories of her trips to Kenya, her struggles to figure out how to best serve and care for these people she has fallen in love with, and her own unexpected health issues are funny, compelling and gripping.  Readers will find that God writes surprising stories in the lives of those who follow Him. Hard to put down, Riley Unlikely will inspire you to pursue your dreams and make a difference in your own world—and around the world.

Author Bio

Riley Banks-Snyder is the founder and executive director of Generation Next, a non-profit she established at the age of 14. Generation Next has built and oversees a school in Kibwezi, Kenya, and runs a thrift shop and food pantry in Branson, Missouri, to fund operations.  Riley’s heart is for Africa - and for reminding every young person that they can do more to change the world than they could ever imagine.   She lives in Branson, MO with her husband and family.  www.generationnextcares.org

 

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  1. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Riley Unlikely
    October 23, 2016
    Victoria
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Take one teenage girl, add a dream to go to Africa, stir in a lot of faith, and what do you get?

    Riley Unlikely.

    Riley Unlikely is the story of Riley Banks Snyder teenage founder of Generation Next and teenage missionary who has a heart for the children of Africa and a passion for partnering with them receive to receive the education and medical care they deserve.

    I loved Riley's down to earth style and the honest, conversational way she chronicled her own journey from a young, enthusiastic though naive teen girl to a compassionate and talented young woman with a heart to use her talents and gifts to partner with the children of Eastern Africa. I found her writing style engaging and filled with personality. While Riley may mention her shyness and possibly introverted nature throughout the book, like so many others she shines through on the pages inviting readers to listen, learn, and find their own passion.

    I also appreciated Riley's honesty. The realities of culture shock, the overwhelming feelings when faced with need, the game changing diagnosis, and all the other shifts in plans. Although Riley comes through as a seemingly upbeat young lady she is also open and real about the struggles she has faced on this journey and the way that played out in her relationships and faith. I felt this was so important as young readers (or older readers who love a good biography) encounter those same ups and downs and the books which simply gloss over the hard give no aid or encouragement when struggle inevitably happens.

    I also enjoyed that Riley included pictures, driving home the people and the words of her story because even in the midst of the ups and downs Riley so openly describes the pictures show a young woman exuding joy while working alongside the people who have so firmly grabbed a space in her heart.

    I really did enjoy the book, between Riley's writing, the wonderful example of faith, and the powerful message of what anyone (even a shy, young teenager) can do when they follow their call instead of the crowd combines for a memorable book.

    4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riley Unlikely
    October 5, 2016
    Blinking Writer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Riley Unlinkely by Riley Banks-Snyder with Lisa Velthouse, is a beautifully heart touching story about Rileys journey to Africa as a missionary. Her aunt and uncle plan a trip to Africa for missionary work and Riley felt led to go with them. While there, Riley faces a total culture change. In her book, she describes the cultural changes and all of the projects that she faced.

    I personally, enjoyed Rileys first encounter with the newborns of Tenwek. I have two boys of my own, so reading about how they do things in a different culture, a culture thats used to its poverty, is very intriguing and drew me into the book. I also enjoyed reading about her experience with learning how to handle the babies and adapt to the way the African mothers treated the babies.

    Riley may be a very young lady, but she did things, I as a woman, would never have the guts to do. I look up to her and the things that she not only did for those other people, but the things that she did for God. I enjoyed reading about her faith during her journey and how she relied on God to get her through a lot of the difficulties that she faced.

    This book helps me think more about the people that I help empower out of poverty through the company Trades of Hope. I work for Trades of Hope and we have artisans in Kenya and other places of Africa that face the same situations that she described in this book. Her story helps inspire me to continue to move forward with my company and to help these people that so desperately need it! There are so many and not just one person can make a huge difference. But when we come together, we can make a bigger impact. That impact for me, is being apart of Trades of Hope.

    Do you want to change the world with me?

    Ask me about Trades of Hope!

    I would highly recommend this book to all of those that seek to learn more about what missionaries do in their field of work. If youre looking to be inspired to help make this world a better place, this is a book for you. I will mention this book to all of my Trades of Hope sisters, seeing as they enjoy reading about these stories.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review from booklookbloggers.
  3. Texas
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What an Inspiring story!
    September 28, 2016
    Lindsey Z.
    Texas
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    About this book:

    "Riley Unlikely is the inspiring story of Riley Banks, who first traveled to Kenya at age 13, and has been back every year since bringing backpacks of school supplies and hygiene kits for young girls, developing relationships and friendships, and is currently, as a young millennial, raising money to build a complete learning complex in Kibwezi, Kenya for those who have nothing.

    At age sixteen Riley learned that, because of a rare medical condition, she would never be able to have her own children. Devastating news to most young women, especially those who love children and have always dreamed of having their own family. But Rileys response was: Kenya has given me a thousand children.

    Rileys stories of her trips to Kenya, her struggles to figure out how to best serve and care for these people she has fallen in love with, and her own unexpected health issues are funny, compelling and gripping. Readers will find that God writes surprising stories in the lives of those who follow Him. Hard to put down, Riley Unlikely will inspire you to pursue your dreams and make a difference in your own worldand around the world.

    Series: No.

    Spiritual Content- All about God, His love, plans, believers, sharing about God, missionaries & the mission filed; Prayers; Scriptures are quoted, mentioned & talked about; Many talks about God & His plans; Hs are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of churches; Mentions of places, those & events in the Bible; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of wondering why God would let something happen; Mentions of creations; Mentions of Israel & gaining Biblical knowledge; A couple mentions of VBS;

    *Note: A few mentions of other religions.



    Negative Content- Mentions of bombs, terrorism & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of someone being attacked, their injuries & murder (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths; Mentions of pain & passing out; Mentions of bathrooms & human waste; Mentions of body odor & foul smells; Mentions of bullies & ugliness; A few mentions of bladders & wetting a pair of pants; A few mentions of killing & eating chickens; A mention of pulling cockroaches out of ears;

    *Note: A mention of Justin Bieber.

    Sexual Content- A couple mentions of AIDS; A couple mentions of unwed teenage pregnancies; A few mentions of absentee dads; Mentions of guys, dating & relationships; Mentions of Planned Parenthood, birth control & abortions; Many mentions of & Talks about periods, feminine hygiene products (pads & tampons), girls becoming prostitutes & being paid for s*x by perverse men so they can afford hygiene supplies, also mentions of undies, pregnancies, birth control & HIV;

    *Note: A few mentions of modesty; Mentions of a monthly period, being a late bloomer, a disease/syndrome where a woman is born without a uterus, reproduction & infertility.

    {Non-fiction}

    176 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star (and a half)

    New Teens- Two Stars (and a half)

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    I dont remember when or how I stumbled upon Generation Next on Facebook, but its been a year or two of following the organization. Reading Rileys story & how that non-profit came to be was so inspiring and I just loved this part near the end:

    When youre serving just because you can, the work is useful and beneficial and good. But youll stay committed to it only as long as it stays convenient. By contrast, when youre serving in a capacity where you feel called, youll move heaven and earth if you have to, to see it through.

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher for this honest review.
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