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No Greater Love Paperback – July 1, 2012
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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!Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book was readable but I found that as I progressed I was more and more amazed by the decisions that the author made; many of them seemed to me to be heart over head! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalie Vellacott
this is an absolutely wonderful book - telling of the greatest love someone can have - that of helping others with no expectation of rewards. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Helen Hallman
Great inspirational, straight to the heart, down-to-earth/in the 'trenches' reality account of a family bringing the Love of God in practical ways to a poverty stricken area of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joanne Evans
Wow! To have such boldness to move his family from the safety of the United States to a whole other country and culture took some real courage.Published 12 months ago by Snow
Thank you Levi Benkert and family for living out James 1:27 in such a bold way. I was blessed and encouraged reading this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joseph Frank Graziano
Unbelievable story. True. Real. Levi was broken and hearting, and God used Levi's pain to draw him towards helping others who were also in pain. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mike the reader