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I worked with Amy during the last part of the letters in the book, and I was very excited to read of her time before I met her. The letters made me want to hear more of the story, and I'm sure if I had been reading these in real time over the years, I would have written her to ask for more details. Like other readers, I appreciated the common themes that ended up running throughout the years.
If you are someone who needs to write newsletters, this book will be especially helpful, as there are tips woven throughout between the chapters. It was one of my least favorite parts of life overseas, and if I had seen this book beforehand, it would have changed my outlook, and my writing.
I don't think this book will resonate with everyone, however. If you have little experience with receiving or writing newsletters about life overseas, you may not "get" this one. And that's ok. Read it anyway. It gives a glimpse of life in China that many other books just haven't been able to share, spanning many years and several cities.
Amy has grown as a writer over the years, so if this is your first book to read by her, check out her other book as well as her blog. She has a way with words that keeps you reading.
What makes this special is Amy’s storytelling prowess and her cultural awareness and analysis. We witness not only the transformation and growth of an overseas worker as she overcomes culture shock, battles mice with a frying pan, and is operated on without anaesthetic, but also the country itself as grows in prosperity and power.
It’s a must-read for any cross-cultural worker, but you will also love this if you just have an interest in what life in cross-cultural work is really like. Amy is the ideal travel guide: cheerful and witty, with a passion for life - I felt as though I was there in China, and could see it, taste it, touch it.
She’s a born storyteller, and the only ‘preaching’ in her newsletters is her life - but what a powerful sermon. There are no dramatic ‘results’, no great lists of miracles, but after walking with her through nine years of her resilience and dependence on God, I felt challenged to live better. What I most treasured about this book was the subtle affirmation of everyone’s story, even the mundane - and I came away struck by the the beauty and power of an ordinary life, lived in love. Highly recommended for any Christian interested in cross-cultural living.
*I received an advance review copy of this book.*