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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310283930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310283935
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inspiring must-read for anyone who doubts God can do great things through you if you simply have faith---reckless faith. I have seen Beth's ministry firsthand and can tell you reckless faith works! God shows up! -- Dave Browne, Chairman, Family Christian Stores Former CEO LensCrafters <br><br>

From the Back Cover

“The stories in the chapters that follow aren’t chronological. They’re not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I’m not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I’ve mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again I’ve been led to trust God, with my little mustard seed of faith, to see how he not only shows up in our circumstance—but he shows off! It’s not because he needs to prove himself; rather, he is demonstrating to a forgotten population—the orphans that I serve—that he will be their Father and Protector and Provider.”

Beth and Todd established a ministry that helps orphans—the poorest, most defenseless members of a needy populace. And while the stories here are drawn from those experiences, this book isn’t a memoir.

It’s about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when He’s needed. Beth calls it a reckless faith—a willingness to trust even when you don’t understand. And her book—an inspiring collection of true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges, chose to trust God—is a call to live with Reckless Faith. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Monterrey, Mexico, where they serve with Back2Back Ministries. They both graduated from Indiana University with degrees in education and between biological, foster, and adopted, are raising nine children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Reitano on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first met Beth and her husband Todd seven years ago on a mission trip to Mexico. This was six years after they founded their orphan care ministry (<a href="[...]">Back2Back Ministries</a>) in Monterrey. Upon first hearing them share their heart for the ministry, I was hooked. I've been back 5 to Monterrey five times since. The Guckenberger's passion for children is coupled with a deep understanding of God's care for the least and the lost, and it has spilled over into a ministry much bigger than themselves, with over 30 staff in four countries. Really exciting stuff.

I just returned from a Back2Back trip, and so I am likely not the most objective reviewer of the book. Nevertheless, I'll give it a go.<span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span>Reckless Faith</span> isn't a memoir so much, as a collection of stories (or vignettes) from the Guckenberger's experiences in orphan care ministry. Though personal stories, they are accessible to those who have no experience with their ministry or Mexico. Having heard Beth speak before, I went into the book knowing it would be a good read with gripping stories. But I was pleasantly surprised by how thoughtful and poignant her prescriptive statements were. Every short story is coupled with a reflection and an application. Though challenging in every way, Guckenberger manages to avoid the trap that many books written by missionaries fall into -- offering applications unattainable by the average working person. Beth's thoughts are inspiring, but also doable, whether you are caring for oprhans in Mexico or sitting behind a desk in Cincinnati.

I highly recommend this book. It's a short, quick read, and would make a great gift. It also would read well on a beach chair during your vacation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alane Washburn on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. The stories of God's intervention in the lives of these Mexican children are very heartwarming, but also eyeopening to the conditions there. The stories really illustrate how we can benefit from stopping our endless planning and just trusting God to provide. He will exceed our wildest dreams!
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By Shannon K. Wheeler on February 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has been loved by lots of us in my church's adoption and orphan care ministry. When I first read it, my husband and I were in the midst of an international adoption process that has since been met with a closed door, so hearing Beth's firsthand accounts of her work with orphans moved my heart in a very personal way. Anyone with a heart for the orphan will be inspired by the stories of God's "showing up and showing off" in the work of her ministry in Mexico. But this book deals with the bigger theme of faith, and that is relevant for everyone. With each page I turned, I enjoyed seeing the Lord through Beth's eyes. As she shares His faithfulness and describes her own process of growing in the Lord through the times she's stepped outside of her own plans and her own comfort zone and into the reckless place of real faith, my own faith was stretched and my own desire to be less comfortable and more risk-taking and reckless for Jesus increased. Absolutely read this book!
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By CurlySue on March 15, 2010
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I loved this book and read it in just a couple days. It is so good to hear Beth's challenges in the form of real-life stories and real-life relationships, rather than a step-by-step theological breakdown (which also has its place!). She's a great storyteller, and by the end of the book I felt like I knew the orphans and saints about which she writes.

God really challenged me through this book to quit avoiding ministry situations that promise a good chance of failure or burnout. By her example (not just her words), Beth challenged me to enter situations which will allow God to not only show up but also show off. This is a great book for anyone who struggles with trying to take the reins from God. It's also a good read for those who are constantly tempted to measure success in ministry, instead of just letting God accomplish His plan in the strange and wonderful ways that He so often does.

Highly recommend this book and will be buying it for several friends!
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Reckless Faith is an amazing book that I've read and shared with many friends. Having had the opportunity to visit the missionary location where the author resides I was even more touched by the book and the stories that I experienced first hand. Beth and her husband Todd truly have a passion for loving these otherwise unloved children and that comes through clearly in her book. It will challenge YOU to Let Go and Be Led by God into your own mission fields whether they be where you are now or where you are being led to go.
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By Terry Melle on August 28, 2008
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Reckless Faith: Let Go and Be Led

Beth's Reckless Faith is a tremendous account of God doing truly amazing things in the lives of people with 'hearts touched by orphans', particularly in the lives of Monterrey's orphans.

God gave Beth and Todd a 'way outside the box' model for demonstrating the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ to His children, who through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate situations.

Beth is a gifted story teller, whose stories are gifts to her readers.
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