Friday, August 3, 2012

Call of a Coward

Call of a Coward (The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife) is by Marcia Moston and chronicles the part of her life when God calls her and her husband to minister in Guatemala.  Actually it was her husband who felt God calling them to foreign missions.  Marcia was not so sure.  I loved the honesty she shared as she told of their trip into Mexico and then across that border into Guatemala, bringing their young daughter with them.  She shared the fear she had of the banditos and the unsafe roads they had to travel to the village they lived at in Guatemala.  How many of us would travel on a road when all we could see from our window was a sheer drop off into a canyon below?  (shudder)

I also loved how Marcia prefaced each chapter with insight God had shown her.  I particularly liked the preface to chapter 4:  "Those kicking and screaming death-throes moments when you realize you aren't and you can't are God's opportunities to show you He is and He can."  She shared how her day went and how she had to have someone prepare the food and do the laundry otherwise that was all she would be able to do day after day, instead of ministering to the women around her.  She also shared how it wasn't always easy to give up the life she knew in the States and when a missionary brought her chocolate, she really didn't want to share it with the people she was serving.

The author told her story with humor and I believe that is why I enjoyed the book most of all.  Because life just isn't always easy and sometimes you just have to laugh at situations God puts you in.  I appreciated Marcia's candidness, her honesty, and how God answered her prayers.  She is an example to all of us to minister where God has put us.

I received this book from Booksneeze in return for a book review which is entirely my own opinion.

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