I had every intention of reading this entire book to my children (at least the 3 oldest ones, ages 6, 8, and 11); my plan was to read a chapter or two before bed each night. Sometimes my plan came to fruition and all 3 big kids would sprawl out on the living room floor as I read. Sometimes my audience varied and would just be one or two of the kids, and sometimes if there wasn’t time to read before bed, I would go ahead and read it myself after the kids were in bed! But I have no doubt that this book will be read again; I want my children to hear/read all of these stories; and I’d love to read them again!
The book spoke to and intrigued my oldest child the most. He would stop me and ask questions every couple of minutes as I read. What is cannibalism? Why would they need a pilot for Bible translation? Why does it take so long to translate the Bible? There are really that many languages in the world? Some people have never read God’s Word? These were some of the questions he asked as we read; this book provided a lot of new knowledge and insight for my son; it was a great eye-opener for him.
One thing I absolutely loved about each story was that you could see the hand of God at work in every single one of them! God is Great, and the missionaries that lived these stories are a testimony to that. This book is very well written and you can tell that each word chosen to tell these stories was well-thought out and prayed about. Gwen has a love and passion for Bible translation and all the people involved in this ministry, and you can feel that through her writing. God has truly given Gwen an amazing ability to tell a story, although I know she would give the credit to the ones who lived out these stories, and ultimately give all the credit to God.