Friday, August 24, 2012
Call of a Coward
If there was ever a way to catch my attention, placing a tag line like, "The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife" under the title of your book would be a great one. Sounds like a serious reckoning, doesn't it?
In this book, you will follow the physical and spiritual journey of Marcia Moston as her comfort level and her faith is tested when her family moves to a remote village in Guatemala to minister to its inhabitants. The mountains seem to create a shroud of mystery around these Mayan people who still have very dark religious rituals and undertones. Who would CHOOSE to go there and live? Who would VOLUNTEER to go without all the luxuries that Americans enjoy daily--like running water? Who moves their young child to an environment rife with real and serious danger?
These are the types of questions that the author poses within herself (and sometimes out loud) as the battle between her conviction and her logic rages on after her husband informs her that he feels the Lord is calling them to minister to women and children from broken families in the area.
This book is saturated in real, raw emotion, but it is also light and refreshing. Marcia Moston writes in a conversational tone that makes you feel like she is telling you her story over a cup of coffee and a muffin. You feel like you want to lean in closer as she speaks and close your eyes to envision what it was really like in that small mountainside culture. You will also ponder whether you've got the gumption and faith that is willing to leave everything you know behind and simply follow God.
I really enjoyed following along with the Moston family as they adjusted to a life vastly different than they were accustomed, as they navigated language barriers, and as they reached out to a people who needed them. It is a great read that shows how a family is brought full circle and that God truly is in control, no matter the circumstances and no matter the size of our fears. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookSneeze review program. I was not required to give a positive review.*