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The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary Paperback – August 28, 2016
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"Moment by moment, story by story, The Space Between Memories is a captivating journey of the victories and trials of life as a missionary in China." - Heidi Baker, Iris Global "David's tales of wildfaring and wayfaring, close calls and close encounters, all in the service of the Gospel, unfold like an Indiana Jones plot. Or better: like a sequel to the book of Acts." - Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God & Your God Is Too Safe "The Space Between Memories is a stirring masterpiece of adventure, danger, excitement, and heart-wrenching passion for people. The imagery David paints with words make you feel like you are actually there, wishing you could jump into the story with him!" - Ron Luce, Founder, Teen Mania Ministries "God has a plan for every nation, tribe, people, and language on the earth, and His plan includes you. He is passionate for those without access to the Christian Gospel, unwilling that any should perish without ever having the opportunity to hear about His grace and glory. In The Space Between Memories, David Joannes wields words in artistic fashion to reveal the heart of God, the struggle of unreached people groups, and an urgency for the missionary venture. Are you ready to take part in God's epic redemptive plan? This book will help you realize that God wants you to join Him in redeeming the times and ushering in the Kingdom of God." - David Hasz, Vice President of Leadership Development and Discipleship, Bethany Global University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
David Joannes is the founder and president of Within Reach Global, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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If you are a believer, you will find encouagement and assurance within the true stories David tells.
This book has something for everyone.
This isn't your average book on missions experiences. It is written as a description of some of the events that have happened to David, his missions organization, and his family discussing how he has put together these unique memories of his time on mission. The concept of memory is important throughout the book and drives the narrative. I found the rememories chapters particularly interesting and looked forward to them throughout the book. I left the book asking the question: what kind of memories am I forming in service to God and how important are those to my story? I will be recommending this book to friends interested in working in Asia.
This story is a great example of how God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. I want to share some of the stories with friends here in the US, as I have shared similar stories in the past with them. They usually react by being amazed at the person's unique faith or bravery but don't realize it's about saying yes to God. Letting God guide your life in all areas. David sets a similar tone explaining his calling and placement in these amazing frontier missions opportunities.
Here are 3 positive results (points of personal revival) I experienced while reading the book:
1. Revival of good artistry
Joannes brings his story to life. He begins by pulling you into the pages of the book or Kindle screen past the black and white into the scene. Sometimes you can smell the tobacco and halitosis, sometime you can feel the sting of face slaps by midnight interrogators. But his word power goes beyond this utilitarian factor, it is such beautiful art that it causes astonishing worship to rise up in Christians, especially those of us hungry to achieve and appreciate this level of wordsmithing. The Christian community needs even more artists of this caliber.
As someone who has been privileged to speak about the state of the church and the task of the Great Commission, specifically the unreached people groups (UPG) and unengaged, unreached people groups (UUPG), it was inspiring to see this information artfully displayed. There’s a brief history of work in China and a timeline of Joannes’ own involvement but the most faithful aspect is the stitching together of these individual threads so that the reader sees God’s beautiful handiwork, His tapestry of glory. This work challenges presenters of all kinds to a higher level of excellence especially those in frontier missions.
2. Revival of personal prayer and hunger for God
At every new development of the story, believers are called to prayer. What better thing could be said of a person’s work? This was very warning to me, to know God calls us to pray for people who we do not even know are connected and then He opens our eyes to this network over time.
This book will help you to experience the presence of God in multiple ways. You will be thrust into pray, even into areas of intercession for which you’ve never before considered. Without listing prayer requests, you learn to seek God’s heart because as the author lays his own heart bare you begin to see, hear, and feel God’s heartbeat for the nations.
This book works as an advertisement for the glory of God. Joannes, the founder of Within Reach Global speaks not as a spokesperson for his own personal work but rather as a mouthpiece for God who longs to be a pawn on the divine chess set. Joannes simultaneously calls warriors from across enemy lines and gives epic, stirring motivational rally cries for tired and weary vets, time and time again.
3. Revival of love for family
In addition to his contagious sense of adventure and thirst for life, Joannes makes use of his opportunity to introduce us to his family. Their love story will make your fall in love not just with your spouse but with your own love story all over again. Regardless of parallels or the absence thereof, you will put this book down and reminisce, you will snatch up your little ones and get hugs. You will thank God for your own story.
Thank God for people like this who dedicate time to write books like this about work like this. It’s worth 5 minutes of your day, pretty soon you won’t want to put it down.