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Life Lessons

By Glenn Myers
January 2011 | Review by Wendy Sheehan
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 1845505554
  • Pages: 112
  • Price: £25.98
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Book Review

This book is written by nine people who have been, or still are, missionaries with WEC International.

In each chapter a different person testifies about something that has had a deep impact on him or her. They all write honestly about the difficulties and joys they have known in some aspect of their Christian walk. The authors come from various parts of the world and this makes their experiences more interesting.

The aim of the writers is to challenge the reader to benefit from their life-changing experiences. The first chapter is the testimony of one person’s struggle in coming to faith in Christ, and the peace this has given. Other chapters include: putting God first, battling with the sin of self-pity, waiting on God to answer prayer, and being secure in the love of God. The final chapter is about WEC International.

To many, the names of the writers are unknown outside of WEC, apart from Dr Helen Roseveare and Patrick Johnstone who is known for his book Operation World. Dr Roseveare’s chapter is called ‘Strength out of weakness’ and, based on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, is an honest account of times when she has known illness and weakness.

Each chapter ends with a series of questions, which expand on the chapter and are based around relevant Scriptures. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more Scripture quoted within the writers’ testimonies.

This is easy to read and certainly will be interesting to those who support WEC. There are useful points in each chapter. For example, one writer mentions that she likes to thank God for five things every morning, as it makes her more thankful for all kinds of little things at other times of the day.

It will be a helpful tool for young Christians and for discussion in small groups where difficulties in the Christian life are being considered.

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