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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414363087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414363080
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you've ever heard an inspirational story about someone who goes overseas to work in an orphanage and it simply warms your heart, this book is not that book.  No, this book shows you the nitty-gritty of what it means to physically go and make a difference in the world of someone you don't even know."
The Hungry Freelancer


"this book has touched my heart so much and I couldn't put it down I read this amazing story in 2 days."
Growing Roots


This is a book that will tug at your adoption heartstrings. Not only was this an orphanage they were creating, but they were saving these children from death as part of tribal religious ceremonies.
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"No Greater Love is a book that will change your life."
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"It's a wonderful book about the great things that God can do through people who are simply willing to allow themselves to be poured out."
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About the Author

Levi Benkert cares for orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with his wife, Jessie, and their four children, Nickoli, Luella, Ruth, and Everly. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Customer Reviews

I read the whole book in one day, devouring the stories.
Kristinreads
I love memoirs and "No Greater Love" was an amazing story of one family's decision to follow God's calling on their lives.
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Sometimes I read books like this and think 'those people have it way more together than I do.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SKRazz on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I knew I would love this book as soon as I saw the synopsis. My brother-in-law Ken and his wife Laurette have two little girls from China, and my nephew Nate and his wife Pam are currently waiting for their referral call for a child(ren) from Ethiopia. We also have several friends who either have, or are in the process of, adopting children from various corners of the globe. I thought it would be interesting to read about a couple who took it one step further and actually moved from the United States to a foreign country with the specific goal of helping orphans.
In the forward of the book, Levi states, "'this book does not end well." Quite frankly, I think it ends great! He wasn't afraid to put the highs as well as the lows of their journey in this book, and that is one of the main reasons why it is so amazing. As a reader, one can get tired of the perfectly predictable storybook endings, especially in non-fiction. Life is not pretty, and is more often than not, quite messy. I have learned to be suspect of an author's honestly when everything appears to tie up into a nice, perfect bow. Yes, God is behind the scenes, weaving together the tapestry of our lives, but it is normally only in hindsight that we can catch a glimpse of His intricate handiwork. When we are in the middle of the complicated situations of life, we often can't see a foot in front of our face. That openness is what Levi has given us in this book. The honest and at times heartrending story of his decision to move his family to Ethiopia.
Be prepared to learn some disturbing things you probably didn't know about the (hopefully) past culture of Ethiopia. You may need a box of tissue, especially if you are a mother. This book is well written, but be warned, once you pick it up you will have a hard time putting it down!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristinreads on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I LOVED this book. Levi is relatable, genuine, flawed and inspiring. I read the whole book in one day, devouring the stories. Laughing and crying and feeling the intensity of every situation. At the end of the book I felt Africa Slapped, myself. :) Levi is so honest about his "motivation" to move to Africa that at times you feel like you are reading his journal. To me the real hero was Levi's wife Jessie who is supportive even when most people would run away. She inspired me to be a better wife and to trust God in every situation. She is amazing. You will love this book. Wonderfully written and heartfelt. My only problem with this book is I wanted more! I wanted to go to Africa. I wanted to hear more stories. I hope Levi and Candy keep writing. I would read the phone book if they wrote it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JerryShannon on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that challenges you to consider saying Yes to God and then follow it up through simple obedience. I love Levi's chronicle of the messiness of that kind of journey when a family says Yes and steps out into the incredible joy and the sheer terror of Kingdom living. He gives a raw and authentic look at what it means to serve Jesus in an overseas situation that is a sea of unknown cultures that one tries to engage along the way - sometimes successfully and at other times painfully wrong. This book will challenge you through the Benkert's journey to say Yes to God, persevere through the unknown and come out the other side better understanding yourself as well as how God redeems all things for His glory.

Levi and Jesse are great friends whom we get the privilege of sharing life with. They are the real deal and this book gives a glimpse inside their lives and the transformation that God has used this journey to bring about in the them as well as the renewed calling He has brought to the surface in serving the orphan and the widow.

Whether you have thought about moving to Africa or have prayed that God would never send you there - you will enjoy this read and be challenged to say Yes to whatever God places in front of you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Dorhauer on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The question is simple. How far would you go to save the life of a child?

Is there such a thing as too far? Or far enough?

What's more, do a person's motives matter? Or is the action important, no matter one's intentions?

Levi Benkert's newest memoir No Greater Love: One Man's Radical Journey Through the Heart of Ethiopia invites readers to ask these questions of themselves.

As the author's business goes into bankruptcy, a friend asks him to fly to Ethiopia and help start up an orphanage for rescued children. Six weeks later, he and his wife sell everything to move them and their four children across the ocean to Africa. His hope, ultimately, is to bring an end to "mingi killings" where tribesmen kill all children who are conceived out of wedlock, who are conceived in marriage without prior permission from the elders, whose teeth come in in the "wrong" order....all because of superstitious fear of spirits.

What follows is the author's stumbling (literally) journey through the process of setting up the orphanage, changing gears to find adoptive American homes for the orphans when it is evident the orphanage is failing, and then moving forward to creating an organization called "Bring Love In," which seeks to create multiple foster homes for orphans, each led by a native Ethiopian widow. This structure both gives orphans a loving home, a family, and a future but also gives widows much needed jobs and homes.

Benkert's uncertainty, his humanity pierces through the text. This is not a guy who has it all together or who even has the next step figured out. But this is honest narrative, tracking his mis-steps, exploring the underlying currents of impurity in his motives to leave America in the first place.
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