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Sunday, August 8, 2010

True Religion by Palmer Chinchen

True Religion by Palmer Chinchen was a good book to read. It is definitely challenging. Palmer has a very different experience with the world that we live in. During his life as a missionary, he has seen things that most of us will never see. As you read the pages of this book, you hear Palmer's heart as he shares the stories of his life growing up and the trips he has taken sense. He really has a heart for people in some of the poorest and harshest places in West Africa. In this book he challenges others to take the message of Christ out into the world. The subtitle of this book is Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth. Palmer writes this in one of his chapters,
"we see the bitterness of hell clear and present in this world: hate, abuse, addictions, racism, rape, bigotry, prejudice, poverty, and suffering. The point here is that if places of hell really do exist, then by all means, God's people must be about the business of taking a piece of heaven to them."
This book is about people seeing passion and life change that can happen as people live out the Gospel. Taking it and themselves to places where people wouldn't normally go. I have enjoyed this book and have felt challenged. However, where I have a problem with this book, is that I don't believe everyone is called to full-time missions work all over the globe. Now I know he has shared many stories about him taking teams on short-term missions trips, which is great. I do believe that everyone should take a short-term mission trip at some point in their lives. I also agree that these experiences can be life changing. Maybe I have seen one part of this book wrong, I don't know, but regardless if he wants people to go into full-time missions work, this book is challenging and definitely opens your eyes to the world that is out there; a world that is harsh and truly in need of the Gospel, and I'm great-full that there are people out there who have felt the call to become missionaries and live in these places spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Special thanks to The B & B Media Group, Inc. and David C. Cook for providing this complimentary book to read and review. You can purchase the book here on

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