Have you ever considered going on a missions trip? I have thought about it for years, but never had the courage to look into it. Let me tell you that this book couldn’t have come at a better time in my life then right now. My daughter, who is only 14, is going on a mission trip in 2018. I am so proud of her. This trip was her idea, and while she wanted to go along, mom wasn’t really ready for that yet. But understanding that she wants to go without mom and dad for a growth experience, I agreed to let her go with our minister and his wife. We support the missions family they’ll be staying with, so that adds to the comfort level as well. But, I told her that after she comes home, it’s my turn!
I sincerely hope if you have not read this book that you will give it a try. It has certainly touched my heart in many ways, and increased my desire to serve the Lord through a missions trip. And please, comment at the end if you’ve ever been on a missions trip and tell me about your experience!
About the Book
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda. Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams. Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above. When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Readers beware: this book is going to touch your heart in ways you didn’t think possible from a book. The mission trip, Brooke’s growth, the children of El Salvador and the living conditions there are all parts that certainly tugged at my heart. First I have to say that the way the author described the setting of El Salvador was incredible. Not just the surroundings, but the people, the mannerisms, the way of life. Only someone who has been there first hand could be able to do that, so I am guessing that she has. Ms. Slattery’s love for this place and the Lord is very evident in this book.
The thing that I love about her writing is the way she incorporates sharing the gospel with her readers. Not once did I feel like she was preaching to me, or shoving it in my face. It is presented in a loving manner, and flows perfectly with the storyline. It renewed a desire in me to help others more in sharing the gospel, especially in under-privileged countries. If you have ever had even the tiniest desire to go on a missions trip, I encourage you to read this. Your heart will be begging you to go before you’ve even finished the book.
Although this is a fictional book, the storyline could and does really happen. What a beautiful way to open our eyes to the needs of people all over the planet. Not only their physical needs, but their need of Jesus and His love. I could read this book over and over again, and I imagine I would walk away with something different each time. This is definitely one of my favorites, and one that I will be enjoying for years to come.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, “Beyond I Do”, releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin’ it to the Streets’, a ministry serving Omaha Metro’s working poor and homeless.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.