Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Review: "Out of a Far Country"

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.
I first met the author, Christopher Yuan, at Moody Bible Institute where we were both students together, and had many mutual friends. I quickly came to know him as a man who loved to laugh, sing with his whole heart in the gospel choir, passionately serve those who didn't know the Lord, as well as slow down to sit and listen intently to a fellow student. During my time at Moody, he shared with his fellow students bits and pieces of his past story, and continually testified to the power of God's desire to redeem all individuals. There's just no other way to describe Christopher as anything but passionate about seeing others come to know the love of Jesus Christ.

So my husband (also a fellow MBI student) and I were excited to read more of his story in his new book, "Out Of A Far Country" that he had co-authored with his mother, Angela Yuan. As I started the book, it seemed unreal to read the beginning chapters and try to compute that man with the Christopher we knew in college. What an amazing, incredible story of how God has the power to radically change a person's life! Before knowing Christ in a personal way, we are all selfish and seeking that what pleases us. After Christ, He steps in to start changing us from the inside out, transforming every believer's life to be more selfless and passionate of loving others. From the first page until the last, this book strongly carried the message of God's plan of redemption, seeking and saving all of us who were once lost!

The best way to capture the heart of this "Out of a Far Country" is from the following excerpt:
    "The story that is told in Out of a Far Country is a true account of God's seeking and saving two people who were lost (see Luke 19:10): a mother who was so distraught she had decided to kill herself, and a son whose pursuit of pleasure, money, and success led to arrest, prison, and a life-threatening illness. Both mother nd son hit bottom, and at different times they both turned to God. The changes in their lives are nothing short of miraculous." (pg. 205)

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Out of a Far Country was released on May 3rd, 2011. Right now you can order it on Amazon for $8.70 (list price $14.99).

"Out of a Far Country" is hands-down the best book I've requested and reviewed as part of Waterbrook Multnomah's "Blogging for Books" program.

* Disclosure: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, as part of their "Blogging for Books" program."

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