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A Sad and Tragic Story of Blind Faith,
This review is from: Total Abandon (Paperback)
Many that have reviewed this book find the story "life changing" for themselves.
I find it an example of misdirected faith. This is a young vibrant well liked couple. Well traveled, both come from priviledge homes and suddenly they are married and spending M-F, 9-5 in depressing jobs (debt collecting).
After 4 years, it would be enough for anyone, much more them. When a friend suggest to eat sand, they both take it as a sign from God. I'll stop here and say this:
They were praying and hoping to be missionaries, they wanted to serve the Lord, that we all agree on and is not the issue. The issue as I see it from this book, is understanding the will of God. First and foremost, God's will is about behavior.
As Christians we show the world around us we are different. For four years they had a tremendous opportunity to do just that...As I said this was a young vibrant attractive and well educated young couple living in Portland, Oregon where opportunity for them was plentiful.
Perhaps when they got their spiritual message to "GO", more thought should have gone to whether it meant to go across the globe where they spent most of their time learning the language and once again living, as described by Gary, a priviledge life in a high rise apartment with 3 bedrooms and a balcony over-looking the Med-sea.
God does not make things this complicated, there is simplicity in Christ!
The point is: There at the footsteps of their home in Portland are more homeless teenagers then in any other city in the US. This couple, by all accounts would have been ideal to engage a ministry outreach for these lost young souls.
God may have used these two for a far better reason then even Gary knows, they are an example for all of us to take the time and just look around, there is plenty of pain and suffering in the hopless right outside our doors. Being a missionary for Jesus Christ does not always mean, relocation.
This is a very tragic story indeed but one that may also offer lessons in the pursuit of serving the Lord.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2012 4:46:24 PM PST
book connoisseur says:
I don't think you or anyone else are fit to judge the Witherall's hearts in their decision to go to the Middle East. There is only one Judge, and He judges all men's hearts perfectly. We can't afford to be judging one another and for you to say this publicly I think is a shame and would be very disheartening for Mr. Witherall to read. Leave it to the Lord to judge please.
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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 3:02:29 PM PDT
Brother Gene, I appreciate that you were being honest in your review and expressing your thoughts. Your perspective, however, seemed to me like something Job's comfortors may have said. You may be right in your assessment. You may, however, be wrong. I can't know, and I don't believe you truly can know either (only God really knows). So for your sake, I would urge you to consider 1. Corinthians 4:5 and Romans 14:4, 7-9, 12-13.
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