Thursday, August 15, 2013
Touching Your World for Jesus
By Rebekah Binkley Montgomery
OVERVIEW: Touching the world for Jesus can happen in the most unlikely ways, and through the most unlikely people. This fun-to-read, nuts-and-bolts guidebook proves you don't have to be perfect to Faithprint, leaving Jesus' lasting impression on the world. (From the back of the book.)
AUTHOR: Rebekah Binkley Montgomery has a heart for practical service ministry. Presently Rebekah spearheads numerous private and public outreaches in the US, from hurricane relief to housing rehab to emergency food baskets. She was awarded Kewanee Business and Professional Women's "2009 Woman of the Year." Rebekah is also involved with Clamor de la Barrio (Argentinal), Canaan Orphanage, Pierre Payen Hospital and Clinic (Haiti), and is establishing Haiti's first ever cancer clinic. For her private ministry she is the 2010 recipient of the Beyond Me Award for "humbly modeling a you-first life in a me-first world." She and her husband, John, have been married 40 years. They have three grown-children and three wonderful grandchildren.
MY REVIEW: What can I say? This woman and her book amaze me. Yes, as a preacher for almost fifty years I knew many Christians who were busy touching their world for Jesus. I tried to do that myself. But Rebekah Binkley Montgomery truly goes the "extra mile."
After reading Rebekah's book, one blogger wrote: "I am really inspired by the Faithprint stories. God has been using your ministry to bless my life and ministry." I agree. This book is full of inspiring stories. If you are feeling a little weary in well doing, maybe these stories are just what you need to help you keep on keeping on with good works.
"Faithprints is evangelism let off its leash. It's not a program. It's not a four-step method. Faithprints appear when fallible and imperfect people, via Christ's transformative power, turn human problems into beautiful portraits of Jesus for all to see."
I must admit that a few of Rebekah's stories were a little hard to take. They were raw, a little crude and right out on the cutting edge. But I read and profited from them because I believe they are true. And for some of us, it takes this kind of truth to open our eyes to what's going on around us.
I recommend this book but only if you are serious about wanting to touch your world for Jesus. If you are not, this book may make you a little sick at your stomach. Because you see I don't happen to agree with the words from the back of the book that say this is a fun-to-read book.
(I received this book for free from Leafwood Publishers for an honest review.)