Saturday, February 12, 2011

Passport Through Darkness: A Book Review

About The Book:

Each one of us longs to know we matter. We hunger to know that we have purpose, our life has meaning, and God dreams great dreams for us. In Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances, Kimberly Smith invites us into her own struggles as an ordinary woman who feels those aches, asks those questions, and stumbles through a quest to find her place in a broken world.

Smith was an average American woman—a wife, mother, corporate executive, and faithful church member. But she knew something was missing from her life. When a bone-chilling experience awakened her desire to find true purpose, Smith and her family began a lifelong adventure serving those who never knew a greater purpose could exist.

Traveling around the world and deep into the darkness of her own heart, Smith’s worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking. But in that broken place a self-centered life was transformed into an international effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease, and genocide.

As Smith and her husband risk everything for orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa, they see God work again and again in impossible situations, especially in their own lives and marriage. They see God change them—even in their exhaustion, marital struggles, and physical limitations. They see the beauty of living out God’s dreams.

This is a book of hope for anyone who longs to see God’s redemptive power heal broken hearts, fill empty bellies, and shelter uncovered heads. It is a call to take one more step on your own journey to know God’s heart and purpose for your life. It is a guide from one ordinary person to another to find a life that matters.

Smith writes, “My prayer is that God will use my wounds and my transgressions to encourage you to risk losing everything to discover the life God dreams for you. It’s life on the edge, where so much is uncertain, maybe even scary, certainly out of our control. But it’s also where true freedom lives.”

Your story may be different from hers, but God’s hopes for you are just as big. “Your destination,” Smith writes, “is the same as mine—an intimate encounter between you and your Creator. But your route will be filled with adventures, both mild and wild, made just for you. It will lead you to where God’s pleasure and your purpose meet.”

Let Kimberly’s remarkable story show you the grit, the pain, and the beauty of letting go of it all to find the dream God dreamed when He shaped you in His Hands.



About The Author:

Kimberly L. Smith is the president and cofounder of Make Way Partners, a mission organization committed to ending human trafficking. She is currently building the only private and indigenously based anti-trafficking network in Africa and Eastern Europe. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Kimberly lives with her husband, Milton, in Sylacauga, Alabama.


Website: http://www.MakeWayPartners.org 

My Review:

What a powerful read! I love reading stories of everyday, ordinary Christians who heed God's Call on their life and end up living extraordinary live, and inspired many people in the process. Kimberly Smith's story was stunning. What a wonderful reminder that God call's us to do His will wherever we are, with whatever gifts He has given us, as long as we are willing to listen. We need to trust Him and listen! Although not an easy book to read at times, it is one that all Christians need to read and will be blessed by doing so. Mighty things can happen when we surrender ALL to Him. 


I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 

BUY IT: You can purchase Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly Smith online through David C. Cook - it is also available through your local Christian bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of David C. Cook and The B and B Media Group, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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