Wednesday, October 3, 2012

call of a coward ~ book review

i'm a big fan of following God's call...where ever it may lead.  but, i can't help but wonder if i would have obeyed if He told us to move to the guatemalan mountains instead of georgia or idaho.

that's like another country...with cows hanging upside down in the market.

i was very excited to read this book.  Marcia Moston does a marvelous job painting the scenes with her words.  After a mission trip to guatemala the Lord then moves them there!  out of their nice, cozy home.

she describes what she saw {and smelled} on the way, "we continued along the narrow street to the center of town, each of us in silent assesment of the surroundings.  it was dirty.  plastic baggies and used straws lay scattered...the smell of urine drifted out from recessed corners."

how many of you would have turned right around then and there?  just wondering.

after a challenging time just getting to their new home in the mountains, the Moston family had to adjust to having a cement firebox for a stove and the kitchen sink in the yard.  then there is the language barrier. 

my heart went out as the Lord instructed Marcia to give away her last bit of chocolate, something VERY hard to find in the mountains.  "oh sister...i feel your pain, that is so something He would have me do," i thought to myself.

i loved how she described the women: " these strong hard working women, dressed in their colorful village wraps and elegantly plaited headdresses - statuesque princesses in plastic flip flops - emerged from their dirt-floor adobe houses...there seemed to be no limit as to what they could carry on their bodies. i once watched a woman glide along the rock-strewn road with a propane tank balanced on the top of her coiled braid and a bouquet of white calla lilies in her arm.  had fortitude and strength for survival.  although i couldn't carry a basket on my head or baby in a blanket on my back, i suspected a woman's heart beat the same no matter where in the world she walked, and i was restless to get beyond the veil of the foreigner.  "

through their ups and downs, tears and sometimes funny moments, they can't help but fall in love with the people.  the people who do not yet know God.

then...after six months, the Lord moves them back to the states!  {is it just me or does He have a way of surprising our socks off?}  so, they move back wondering what in the world the past six months were for...

this is a fabulous, inspiring read for all those who yearn to follow where ever He leads. and i'm thankful she shared it with us.

"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."  


thank you booksneeze for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review!


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. It is amazing how God moves on human hearts when they are open to Him.

  2. "He is and He can..." love that!!! Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Good book to read. Lots of lessons to learn and believe in here. B


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