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"What glows from this book is how King experiences the "activation" of his faith. But it's a smart and educated activation - he doesn't rush in to do something but instead works with people more experienced and knowledgeable. In other words, he learns."
- Glynn Young, Author of Dancing Priest, A Novel
 
"What I discovered in this book is not so much a "how-to" manual. Not so much a "this is the way you become a missionary" story. This is no step-by-step guide to emerging from the pew. The Unlikely Missionary is a beautiful tale of obedience and courage in being faithful to where God calls in each moment."
- Laura Boggess, Special Projects Editor, TheHighCalling.org

About the Author

Christ-follower. husband. father. school of ministry and missions instructor. facebook channel editor for thehighcalling.org. co-founder and media director for the activistfaith.org movement. social media dude for helponenow.org. chief instigator at bibledude.net.

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  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466481048
  • Publisher: BibleDude Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UDPQ2O
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Christ-follower. husband. father. professional blogger. school of ministry and missions instructor. social media editor for thehighcalling.org. chief instigator at bibledude.net. co-founder and media director for the activistfaith.org movement. social media coordinator for helponenow.org. blogging, social media, and publishing strategist at fistbumpmedia.com. lover of sour patch kids.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Anthold VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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I stumbled upon Dan King (@bibledude) in the forums of the Tentblogger community. Dan's first e-book, The Unlikely Missionary, is a great read and is a great introduction to life on the mission field for someone who has never been on the mission field before.

Jumping over to the book site, I read about his experiences as first-time missionary and the work that God did on his heart. The Unlikely Missionary is a story-driven, first-person narrative outlining his first mission trip outside the United States. He partnered with the Five Talents organization which works to provide micro-financing loans for underdeveloped regions in order for people to obtain a better way of life.

As Dan described his journey across the ocean to Kenya, I began to remember so vividly my own experiences in that country. The bumpy roads, the stench of stale air and other smells you did not even know existed, and the faces of people who traveled hours, even days, to hear messages of hope.

This book is great for anyone who wants to know what a mission trip looks and feels like without ever leaving the comforts of home. Dan addresses:

Heart Attitude - your own and those who you will meet
Culture Shock - you think you are prepared...and then...you realize you are not
Hope - you can't fix everything, but you can provide hope
Engagement - stories of triumph and struggle...even your own
Action - each chapter provides a call to action for your own personal development

I would recommend this book to mission agencies as well as church staff's who are looking to take a teams overseas. The narrative is geared towards Africa; however, it is not so much the place as it is what it does in your own heart. It is a quick read, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal for a small group discussion or team preparation. I hope that you will check out this great resource, and stop by Dan's blog for more stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2011
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Dan King is very transparent and genuine in this book. His life was dramatically changed when he was called to action. After experiencing first hand the poverty that exist in Africa, King could not sit by and live his life ignoring the need. He does not play himself out to be a superhero, but makes it very clear that he is just a regular guy with normal struggles that strives to make the world a better place for those around him.

At the end of each chapter, King provides practical steps the reader can take to begin conversations and ways to become involved in making a difference.

The book is an easy read and very inspiring.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd on November 13, 2013
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An honest look at how a trip to Africa touched Dan's heart and how his heart was able to touch others for Jesus in a lasting way.
This book brought me to an understanding that I can be a part of the solution to poverty on the other side of the world, as well as, in my own town. No waiting for the some day ....Start Now. Motivation and encouragement in every chapter this book has a place for personal growth, as well as, a resource in home groups, or, a group starting their preparations for a missions journey.
I Highly Recommend This Work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy O. Franson on October 19, 2011
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When I met Dan King during the course of a writer's retreat he was dripping wet, having just been flipped out of a boat and into a river by a work colleague. He laughed, extended his hand, and introduced himself as the Bible Dude, creator of a website by that name, and author of a soon-to-be-published e-book entitled, The Unlikely Missionary.

During the course of the retreat I got to know Dan a little, this unlikely missionary. He told me about his work as a corporate training manager in the telecommunications industry and as social media editor for The High Calling network. He told me about the work he'd done in youth ministry with his church. He talked about how amazing and beautiful his wife is and showed me, on his phone, a picture of his daughter. I got to know The Bible Dude as a regular guy who does regular things in the real world. Dan King doesn't fit any stereotypes which may come to mind when one hears the word missionary.

And it is Dan King's regular-ness which makes his book, The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty Fighter, a compelling read for regular, ordinary followers of Jesus.

In a winsome, conversational style, using excerpts from his travel journals, Dan tells his story of coming to faith in Jesus, digging deeply into Bible study, and learning to care about those things which Christ cares about. In the course of raising a family, doing his job, and taking seminary classes, Dan started a blog which he used to write about and process the things he was learning. He wrote about an organization called Five Talents, a group dedicated to fighting poverty through sustainable job creation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Seiler Lagrand on October 11, 2011
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I had the privilege of reviewing an advance copy of this book. In it, Dan King shows us a way to do our faith, to be Christ's hands and feet. It's a short read that will change you, if you let it.

Here is my full review, originally published on my blog, Godspotting, on October 9.

"Where are You Going?"

I asked that question one day of a woman at my church who had just announced that she'd be away, travelling, for the next few weeks.

"Sierra Leone," she told me.

"Sierra Leone," I repeated. "Um, by Liberia?"

"Yup. I'm going on a mission trip."

I've often wondered how regular people end up making mission trips. Aren't missionaries people who spend years in a foreign land, sharing medical care, clean water, agricultural tips, and the Gospel?

Now that I've read The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty Fighter Dan King. BibleDude.net: 2011) I know better. The ebook is set for release tomorrow, and I hope you'll read it.
King doesn't run a non-profit organization. He hasn't been to seminary.

He has been to Kenya and Uganda, providing training to help people lift themselves out of poverty. People like you and me, except they don't own shoes.

Or live in houses with plumbing.

Or have adequate food to eat.

He made this trip in 2009, with Five Talents, an organization focused on "empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development" (from their web site). This book is the story of how he got there and what happened once he arrived.

King's blog, BibleDude.net, took him to Africa. It happened this way:

He began the blog.
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