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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Missionary - A Review

The Missionary
THE MISSIONARY is a book by
William Carmichael (founder of Deep River Books) and David Lambert.  

Yesterday, David Eller was an American Missionary in Caracas, Venezuela. Today, he's an international fugitive.

David and his wife Christie rescue impoverished children in the slums of Venezuela. But for David, that's not enough. The supply of homeless children is endless because of the corrupt policies of the Venezuelan government. 
In a rare moment of anger, David lashes out publicly against the government, unaware of the chain reaction ...

I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested to be a part of this book review.  I guess I knew this was a work of fiction - but was it inspirational or a glimpse of the hardships of the mission field or some kind of morality tale?

In my opinion, it was more of a suspense/intrigue story than a religious lesson ... which doesn't necessarily mean I didn't like it!  I love a good tale of mystery, action, and suspense!!  And while some of the characters were stereotypical (the drug lords, the ex-special forces mercenaries, the dictator and his minions, the elderly and benevolent missionary couple), it was a good study in human nature. 

The development of the main character, missionary David Eller, of course, was the driving force of the plot.  He is passionate, makes rash decisions, has regrets, feels responsible, takes action, and does many of the things that any person - any Christian - might do when confronted with corruption and evil - without truly considering God's will or consulting Him first.

In the end, it was a GREAT, page-turning, suspenseful story!  I loved it.  I didn't come away with any terrific spiritual lessons, other than thankfulness that I have a husband who considers me and our children first and foremost in most every thing (quite unlike David Eller did). 

It is a great story of consequences of actions and decisions - and how what one person does (good - as in a missionary helping the poor - and bad - as in a missionary getting involved in international problems) affects many.

THE MISSIONARY is available from many sources, to include amazon.

This is a Mamabzz review.  The book was provided to me by Bring It On!  Communications.

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