Thursday, May 26, 2011

My First Book Review for Blogging for Books!

 Do you recall how I mentioned that soon I'd be posting some book reviews through a neat program called Blogging for Books? Well, here is my first review!  I highly recommend this book.  It's not only touching and inspirational, it is a REAL to life, contemporary story, presenting a radical way to approach many confusing aspects of any relationship, and definitely an effective way to reach out to those lost in homosexuality! I gave this book a 4-star.

*Please note that I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  My opinions are entirely my own.

My Review for "Out of a Far Country" by Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan: 

"I shifted in my seat. I'm almost always in the right.  So isn't that a good thing? Doing right, being right?"

So says Angela Yuan, at one point in this book when she faces the tyrannical side of herself that she must overcome with a power greater than her own -- the power of God and His redeeming love.  She is a woman living in a marriage suffering from callous disinterest and deafening silence.  She is a mother who did all she knew to raise her two sons to be successful and happy . . . in her eyes.  But she finds out all too painfully that even best laid plans and the strongest intentions are not enough to see dreams come to fulfillment, or to fill a void that only One can fill, in her heart or in the heart of her son, Christopher Yuan.  She thinks she's been right almost always all her life, till her world suddenly is turned upside down by the unconditional love and convicting truth of Jesus Christ.

This true story is about Angela, and about her son, Christopher, who constantly struggles with homosexuality and the bondage associated with it, even as he puts up a proud, unapologetic front.  His lifestyle seems to be "all that" until one day, everything changes.  This story shows the power of the earnest prayers of a righteous man (woman), the surprising power of forgiveness, the healing balm of grace.  Beautiful story, filled with hope. There were so many thoughts, so many passages I found pertinent and applicable even to other areas of life, obstacles I have faced and am facing in relationships! It offers a radical way to effectively reach out to those lost in the maze of homosexuality. There is hope for the lost, even for those lost in homosexuality or in the chains of a lifeless, godless marriage!

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