When I saw the description of this new book by Kelly Minter, a women's speaker and author and a musician, I was very interested.
This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs—experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God’s presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.
For anyone feeling complacent in their American Christianity, Kelly’s story of the forgotten people of the Amazon and how they transformed her understanding of the gospel, is sure to inspire.
But I must confess that I'm much more likely to pick up a fiction read that allows me to slip away from reality for a little while. And so, after I received Wherever the River Runs for review, I let it sit on the shelf for a while. I'd look at it when I went to pick up a new book to read. But I'd pass it over for some entertaining fiction. Probably there was a little bit of fear there, the fear that if I read it, I would be convicted; and I would feel like I needed to do something. So I skipped over the book for a while.
But I finally picked it up and began reading. And, of course, I was absorbed instantly. And I was moved. And I was convicted. And I was challenged to be different.
Wherever the River Runs is Kelly's story of her experiences ministering to the people groups along the Amazon River. Kelly, a musician, was hired by a British Christian music label. She began working with this label, singing and traveling around to give concerts. Her interest in the people of the Amazon began when she saw a video shown at one of the concerts. The president of the music label was heavily involved with a mission to the Amazon people. Kelly ended up taking a trip with some of her family and friends and other music artists to visit the people of the Amazon and minister to them. And with Kelly's first visit she was hooked.
Kelly writes in a captivating and casual style. Her writing takes the reader along with her as she heads down the Amazon many times. Her first visit was definitely not her last. And as Kelly tells about the people she meets and the lessons that she learns during her trips, it's easy to see what she sees, to feel what she feels and to desire to help the people she meets.
This is one of those books that you can't read and just walk away from. Kelly's experiences challenge us all to think and to consider our lives. Her descriptions of the people that she's met on her trips inspire the reader to know them also. I came away from this book with a desire to be more like Christ, to follow Him more closely, to serve Him better.
Take a chance. Read Kelly's stories, and think about what God has in store for you. You can watch the video trailer of the book below. And you can find Kelly's website here where you can see her other books and ladies Bible studies as well as her speaking schedule. You can purchase Wherever the River Runs on Amazon here-
Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel
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