For the Joy:21 Australian Missionary Mother Stories on Cross-Cultural Parenting and Life
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Diverse encouraging stories
By Sarah, Nov 30 2018
Loved this book, though there were plenty of moments tissues were needed. Such a diverse range of stories that beautifully reminded me just how different everyone's story is, including my own. There are so many different lessons to be learned from the stories in this book, whether you are on the mission field, or not, a mum, or not. Beautifully Australian. I recommend this book for anyone with a heart for mission (either supporting or serving) and especially for mums considering what 'missions' might look like for them.
A taste of Joy
By P Joy, Oct 21 2018
I savoured this book, one story at a time. It left me wanting more! Real women sharing ordinary yet unique experiences. They relate their joys and sorrows leading to a deeper trust in God. Great for mothers, daughters, husbands, mission supporters. Grab a cuppa and savour the joy.
Surprisingly honest tear jerker
By Ally, Oct 20 2018
There are many wonderful and inspiring books about missionary experiences. This book is different. I've always had trouble understanding why anyone would want to be a missionary, especially with young families to care for in foreign environments that often lack the access to medical and education facilities that we take for granted in the western world. "For the Joy" gives some insights into why some women are drawn to the mission field but the most interesting aspect of this book is the deeply honest accounts of these women that has dispelled my belief that missionaries are "super christians" with an unusually high dose of godliness and faith. Just like me they battle with doubts and fears in every day life. They worry about whether they are good mothers and how best to bring up their cherished children. They get angry at God when things don't got to plan and they even question their decision to become missionaries, just as I question my own life decisions. While "For the Joy" is essential reading for would-be-missionaries, it is dramatic and engaging enough for a wider audience, especially in gaining cultural awareness of places few of us have experienced first hand. These women share how they coped with horrific experiences we all hope will never happen to us on or off the mission field. They share their weaknesses and lack of faith and how God sustained them often in miraculous ways, to demonstrate his endless love.