- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: eGen Co. LLC (June 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936554046
- ISBN-13: 978-1936554041
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Journey One Nation: Autobiography of Dennis Balcombe Missionary to China Paperback – June 21, 2011
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So I was pleased a few months ago, when a Presbyterian pastor in the Seattle area told me he had known Dennis in his old Jesus Freak days (he didn't use that term, but that's how I read it), and would I like to read his book, in which the pastor also appeared? So this book came to me as one of those curious "Rest of the Story" narratives that filled in a gap of knowledge about a minor but impressive figure from my own past, whose ministry I had taken part in, and whom I can thank for memories of the White Swan hotel in Canton.
I enjoyed reading the story, in which God figures prominently, a nice arrangement for a missions autobiography, I think, but not always what you find. This is a classic part of the history of a subculture -- missions in East Asia -- that is full of intrinsic and accidental interest, eccentric characters, exotic background and divine interventions of a subtle and sometimes humorous kind, growing out of another subculture -- West Coast Jesus People. Dennis tells the story reasonably well, though the title seems vague and uninspired.Read more ›
I'd heard of this man on several occasions - he's seen in the doc "Finger of God", and mentioned in several other great histories of Christianity in China... But I never knew the whole story of who he was, and how he came to be in China...
He covers his early life in great detail, and it turns out to be not only a great, adventurous read, but a wonderful teaching experience without ever pretending to be one. In this age of plastic Christianity, the prosperity Gospel, mega churches, and self promoting "ministers of the Gospel", here's a man who actually had a call on his life, followed it, and has profoundly affected the world, though he is largely unknown here in the U.S...
There are so many lessons in the book on how to walk the walk of faith and live a fruitful Christian life - and yet so many fun and incredible stories as well - like refusing to carry bullets in his gun in Vietnam, because he considered himself a minister, and called to bless and not kill. He was so safe to be around that soldiers would seek him out to be next to him during shelling attacks because they knew he was under divine protection...
The book is full of many other marvelous stories of God's working in a man's life they're too numerous to even begin to list.
Just do yourself and your Christian life (or your not Christian life for that matter) a favor and get a copy of this book - you won't be able to put it down... And when you do put it down you'll find yourself thinking (or praying if that's what you do), on how you might be so fortunate as to have a life like his...
Marcia Sue Fisher, author of A New Song for Marcia
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Be encouraged and allow this book to sharpen you for service. His insights into China are accurate. You will be blessed by this book.Published on November 16, 2013 by Bev Jergens
This book is a great read if you have an interest in mission work. It is inspirational and encouraging to learn what one couple can accomplish when they take a leap of faith to... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Angiemac
Excellent book. Informative. Inspirational. When God calls, He provides. Amazing what God is quietly doing to bring the lost to Himself.Published on October 25, 2013 by Emily C.
great read, encouraging book about the call of God and how one man took that call so seriously. will read it againPublished on May 19, 2013 by Bkiala
the author unveils page by page his journey to China despite many pitfalls along the way. It can be slow at times but worth it because of the people and the amazing unfolding of... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Susan J. Hughes