Friday, January 7, 2011
Book Review: Voices of the Faithful
Voices of the Faithful: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World
Beth Moore, International Mission Board
Thomas Nelson, 2010
English, 480 pgs.
A 366-day devotional with inspiring stories from the front lines of faith.
"A willingness to go is all they have in common," says Beth Moore, speaking of her friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom she collaborated to create this book. This brilliant, 366-day devotional features incredible stories of God's faithfulness in the face of uncertainty and danger, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide.
With a foreword by International Mission Board president Jerry Rankin and an introduction by Beth, this volume also includes advice on how to hear God's voice, pray for missionaries, and understand the church's and individual's role in missions.
The coolest thing about this devotional book is that each month is themed on a different aspect of God. For example, January is God's Character; June is Persecution and December is Christmas Around the World. The reason I like this is because some devotional books feel like they skip around and are hit-and-miss on topics. I love that this one devotes more than three or four pages to a topic.
Even the introduction, by Beth Moore, is impressive and really makes you think about missions. She also wrote an intro into each month. The devotions themselves are written by those who are out doing the work of God. It's interesting to see what they write and to try to read it in the context of what they deal with on a daily basis.
I think this would be a good gift for a missions teacher, a student studying to be a missionary or even a church mission leader.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from Book Sneeze.