Irresponsible. Crazy. Those are words that some people may have used to describe the Alan family when they announced their plans to move their upper middle-class family to a tsunami-ravaged area of Southeast Asia in 2006. Curt and Hilary had absolutely no reason to leave behind the American Dream they had been living. No reason, that is, except that they chose to let go of their ideas of what success and comfort really were.
What could have been perceived as utter absurdity- leaving behind family and friends, uprooting their 2 children in the midst of some of their most important school years, selling almost every worldly possession they owned, resigning from a successful career after almost 2 decades of employment- became the means to which the Alan’s family grew closer to each other and more importantly, to Jesus.
I absolutely loved this book. I actually read it in 2 sittings. I was supposed to read it slowly and out-loud with my husband, but I couldn’t wait that long! But that’s o.k. I don’t mind going back and re-reading it again with him. This book is a simple read because it made me feel like I was listening to Hilary personally tell her story. Even though it was a simple read, it was not light and fluffy. Spiritually challenging yet inspiring and encouraging, this book gave me the desire to seek Him even more, to follow Him wholeheartedly.
I especially enjoyed the last chapter, the interviews with their two children, upon their return to the States after 3 years of living in Southeast Asia. It was obvious from the answers to the interviewer’s questions that these children displayed more spiritual depth than many adult believers who have been raised inside of the American Church walls.
Do I recommend this book? The answer is a definite “Yes”!
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”
Want to take a sneak peek into the book? Read Chapter 1 here!