Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sent by Hilary Alan
Hilary Alan and her husband, Curt, were caught up in the American dream. Life was perfect. Curt was an IT director at SAS Institute and had a six-figure salary. Hilary was a teacher's assistant and working at her daughter's school. The Alan family was able to take vacations to Europe and live the life many Americans dream of. They attended church, considered themselves "serious Christians," and their children were involved in church activities...but they hadn't yet learned what it was to obey God.
Curt attended a Willow Creek Association's 2002 Global Leadership Summit and heard these words by Kirbyjon Caldwell, "The two greatest moments of your life are the day you are born and the day you discover why you were born." It was a "wow" moment for both Curt & Hilary, as he later shared those words with her. They began to examine the reason of why they were born. God was so faithful to lead them through the maze of exactly why He had them on this earth.
The Alan's began attending Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. Curt was beginning to think maybe God had more for him than just being an IT guy. He met with his pastor, J.D. Greear, to discuss this and J.D.'s advice was to put his "yes" on the table with God. "Just keep saying "yes" and God will lead you." A tsunami had happened in Southeast Asia in 2004 and J.D. had come back from leading a short-term ministry team to Thailand. He announced that many were needed for as long as they could go. Curt put his "yes" on the table and went for 6 weeks--which changed the course of his life.
After that short-term trip, the Alan's lives were turned upside down. Through the course of a year, they sold all that they had, quit their jobs, and moved to Southeast Asia for three years. Hilary honestly tells about the fears of moving a 10 and 14-year-old out of a safe, secure environment to a Muslim country and lots of unknowns. She shares about her own culture shock and that of her family. There were many adjustments, challenges and eventual victories while living in a third-world Muslim country and sharing Jesus with its people.
The Alan's lived in Southeast Asia for three years. Three years that completely changed their lives and who they were. Their adjustment in coming back to the United States was probably harder than going to Asia in the first place.
This book will challenge you. You'll be forced to take stock of who you are, what you were created for, and what you're doing about it. Do you have your "yes" on the table? Are you comfortable? Whose kingdom are you building--yours or God's? Those are just a few questions you'll be faced with in this book.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars--and highly recommend every Christian read it!
Thank you to WaterBrook Press for providing this book for review. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255