Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wherever the River Runs *Book Review* + Giveaway

Such a beautifully written piece of art. Kelly Minter writes about her eye and heart opening trip to the Amazon jungle with such detail that you can picture everything as if you are there.

I have to review this book as I read along so I don't forget anything! This paragraph really stood out to me. The Holy Spirit brought to her attention a young man and a word for him. The word for him was that God saw him and he was going to a great leader in his village. That brought a smile to the face of this sad child. He responded with, "No one has ever seen me before. God sent you to see me." HOW POWERFUL IS THAT?! 

"We may desire deep friendships, ironclad marriages, thriving children, a secure economy, healthy bodies, a trip to Europe- but what we really want is an encounter with the living God. To be loved, known, and seen by Him. We pursue all the other stuff because it's the stuff that tastes, but Jesus is the One who nourishes."

Kelly's story is inspiring! We don't have to take a trip to the Amazon jungle to experience these changes in our lives. We are surrounded by our own jungle daily. I make it a point to help out someone in need if I am able. My children also notice those in need a lot more than they use to. I have so many testimonies of times that God has provided us with the opportunity to be a blessing to others in their time of need. 

As we pack up our house I realize how MUCH we have and so much of it we don't really need. We are happy to fill up bags to donate. In the Amazon and so many other countries (including our own) kids don't have beds to sleep in, shoes on their feet, or any idea where their next meal will come from. We can help with that!

My son's class took a trip this week to a place where they helped pack 200,000 meals for children and their families. That night at bible study he lifted up those children and their families in prayer. That trip impacted him in a good way. He has always been my helper, but this was on a different level.

This can be a convicting story to some. It made me want to pack my bags so I can go help the people of the Amazon. Which takes me back to what I stated earlier. I can help in my own neighborhood, city, state. I don't have to go far to see the same types of difficulties. 

Thank you Jesus for blessing my family so that we may bless others.

Thank you Christian Family for providing this book to review. Opinions are my own.

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