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Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do Paperback – August 26, 2012
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About the Author
Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, international speaker, and author of the bestselling book Unashamed. Together with her husband, Nick, she founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to celebrate every woman’s passion, purpose, and potential. Christine and Nick make their home in Southern California with their daughters Catie and Sophia.
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I think I first heard about Christine Caine through some random podcast, so in hearing her voice before I read anything she wrote, I will admit I did try to read the book with an Australian accent. That's just my little confession. Is there an audiobook version of this book? If so, I hope she's narrating it.
What I Didn't Like:
I wouldn't say I've read a lot of Christian life/inspirational (what genre does this book really fit into?) books, but I have read a good number. So, honestly, I hate to admit that this book reminds me of others in that it includes cliché saying like "God is able to take the mess of our past and turn it into a message. He takes the trials and tests and turns them into a testimony." Which is good if I am looking for something to put on the sign outside my church (just kidding--those messages are always corny and somewhat embarrassing), but not really that good if I am looking for something different.
Putting that aside, she did share a lot of things from her own life experiences that were extremely powerful and no doubt difficult to share. Also, just because some things feel cliché and overdone does not mean I should become complacent about them. Sometimes I need to be encouraged and reminded of the truths offered by Jesus.
What I Liked:
In the opening chapter, one of the women who had been a sex slave asked her, "Why didn't you come sooner?" It question really hit me. She encourages her readers to move and act. She describes it as her Schindler's List moment.
"It was my moment of wondering what, in my life, had been my golden pin like Schindler's, the thing so precious to me that it never occurred to me to use it to ransom the life of someone else."
She opens up about finding out she was adopted and when she told her now-husband she had been abused. She shares some really honest areas of her life. She is a speaker, so I am sure she's experienced the fruitfulness of honesty and the community it can bring, but that doesn't always necessarily make it easy. And when she shared about her miscarriage? I cried. So, there's your disclaimer on that.
She also writes about fear. As someone who is on the brink of my next step (and someone who has no idea what that next step will look or what it will bring), I know it would be easy to let fear overtake me and keep me from following God and serving him.
"When you let fear run your life, you close yourself off from anything that might hurt or cost or make you uncomfortable--including opportunities to serve God and claim his promises" (p. 110).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but it was challenging. I want to become undaunted. I want to make a difference. Caine encourages us that God has something better for us--not something easy, but something worth the work. I've seen it be easy for people--especially in my generation--to get motivated about various social justice issues, but with the exception of changing their Facebook picture or donating $10 via text message, they don't do much. I know Caine is a credible example because she's not just instructing others to do something about a passion place on their heart, she's actually doing something herself.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
"God is able to use ANY one, to do ANYthing, in ANY place, and at ANY time in order to overcome ANY barrier."
As the last part of Christine Caine's chapter closes with, "The Challenge" that beckons and implores us as the Great Commission of Matthew 28 "to walk into the gap where He's (Jesus) thrown down the cross, to walk like Him (Jesus), to walk with Him" ... "because we know what it is to be lost and then found, hurting and then healed" and the clincher ... "unwilling to stay asleep, unafraid of the dark, unflinching in the face of disappointment, unstoppable in the face of difficulty, undaunted." That's what we are called to be! Commissioned to DO!
Each chapter better prepares us as Christine uses her own dramatic life stories, insights and experiences to show how God rescued her from a life in which she was "unnamed, unwanted and unqualified" so that we might be encouraged to the challenge of BEing the LOVE, HOPE and the CHANGE by reaching out and rescuing others. By living out our faith in Christ completely without reservation just like the Good Samaritan but in the 21st century shining into the dark places in this world, and going beyond.
This book could not have spoken any more clearly or convincingly to me directly from God as a confirmation and a conviction of His plan and purpose as Christine inspires us with her keen insights and steps to move ahead in our life journey, mission and destiny. There are so many facets offered to help us in the 4 different parts of this book leading up to finally "The Challenge" from "God Knows My Name" to "God Knows My Pain" to "God Knows My Fear" to "God Knows My Destiny".
Christine Caine shows us how she overcame her past to dare to do what God called her to do and so can we! We can overcome our painful experiences and circumstances to use in helping others further along in God's Kingdom.
"Undaunted" shows the way to redemption and justice that is found when faith becomes action, when passion becomes pursuit of going beyond your self and your plight so that you become part of His purposeful plan to make a difference for someone else ... ANY ONE ...like ANYTHING. No one can do everything, but we each can be someone that does something.
I believe that God led me to Christine's book at the perfect time, combined with Jennie Allen's "ANYTHING..." with Good Morning Girls, for such a time as this. The Parable of the Good Samaritan has taken on a more powerful and meaningful influence in my own life and mission to refresh and renew my commitment and service to Him.
Because I was so strongly blessed and impacted by "Undaunted", I wanted to go further than just review this book written by Christine Caine, so I looked into the study guide and found an example of it and a video at Faith Gateway (dot) com, as the Bible Study of the Week for July 22,2013. I so strongly believe in the cause that Christine and Nick furthered by "daring to do what God called them to do" ... that I was compelled to go further. I highly recommend this for a church or individual study!
This book was provided to me by Booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.