Thursday, April 15, 2010
Into The Mud: Review
Into The Mud takes readers behind the headlines, into real stories of real people living neck-deep in some of Africa's most difficult issues — but with hands, minds, and hearts rooted in God's kingdom. Each of its interwoven stories and related discussion questions addresses a broader issue of missions and development, including: evangelism, literacy and education, microfinance, health services, urbanization and refugee assistance, and more. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter help readers to apply lessons from the chapters to their own ministry contexts.
Where the world sees despair, author Christine Jeske sees God writing stories of hope. Study groups, development students, mission teams, and everyday activists alike will be challenged by her stories to enter more deeply into the thick of life's mud.
About The Author:
Christine Jeske has spent seven years working in microfinance, refugee resettlement and development, and holistic missions with her husband Adam. Their journeys have taken them from Wisconsin to Nicaragua, China, and now South Africa where they now reside and teach at the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa. Christine’s work has appeared in a number of publications in both the United States and South Africa, including Relevant Magazine and Neue Quarterly. She and Adam have two children.
This book was a wonderful inspiration to see just how much God is working in the lives of those in South Africa. I love that this book is a collection of short stories, as you can read them each individually or as one book. It was a quick read but definitely not so much an easy one. It is definitely hard to read about the muddy times for those in South Africa, but so refreshing to see the work of God that is being done there.
A very inspirational read and I highly recommend it!
BUY IT: You can purchase Into The Mud by Christine Jeske online directly through Moody Publishers. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.
***Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***