Summary: Kimberly Smith was an average American churchgoer, wife, and mother—until she dared to ask God His dreams for her life. Traveling around the world and deep in to the darkness of her own heart, Kimberly’s worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking. But it was in that broken place that a self-centered life was transformed into an intentional effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease, and genocide.
Through painful trials, serious errors, and gut-wrenching fear, Kimberly reminds us of what God will do when one person puts her life on the line for His purpose. Along the way, she inspires you to discover your own story—to live your purpose and feel God’s pleasure. Here you will find courage to live the life God dreamed of when he first dreamed you.
My Thoughts: I am going to start this by reminding you all that I had decided to take March off from scheduled reviews. But, well, I made the exception for this book. When I read the e-mail I was sent asking if I was interested, I couldn’t say no. I think it’s safe to say that most people – at least, or maybe even especially, Americans – are aware of the constant struggles that occur in Sudan, with much focus on Darfur. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that part of my familiarity comes from things like the no-longer-under-production show known as E.R. I remember at least two of County’s doctors (Kovac and Carter) spent some time in there. I believe that was some of my first exposure to what’s going on there, and that was very, very tame. The war was shown, but not the rest of the story.
The rest of the story – for at least some of these people – can be found in the pages of this book. Even if you don’t share KImberly’s (and my) Christian beliefs, you cannot deny that she has done some absolutely amazing (in a very good way) things. She shares only a few of the stories of the people she encountered in Sudan, but that is enough. The stories are heart-wrenching, and unimaginable. We sheltered Americans (especially) just cannot fathom what these people endure – especially the women and children. The most dangerous slums in our country have nothing on Sudan. Absolutely nothing.
This book is more about her story, how God helped her through the darkest times in her life, and how she (amazingly) came through it all. (This is why there aren’t many of the stories from the people in Sudan.) And all that she gave up before even beginning a life in missions … I cannot find the words. It’s awe-inspiring, unbelievable, and humbling. I wish I had the faith to do something so remarkable.
The best thing is you can see the good that is being done as a result of Kimberly’s time in Sudan. While there was much darkness and evil encountered, God used all of it for good – as He promises. The organization she and her husband, Milton, founded is called Make Way Partners. Through that you can read much about what is being accomplished, you can donate to the cause, or even sponsor a child.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Source: Received through The B&B Media Group, Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
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Challenges: Counts for the 100 Books in a Year Reading Challenge.
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