Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Out Of A Far Country: A Book Review

About The Book:

Coming Out, Then Coming Home
 Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her.
Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality.
God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”  - Luke 15:20
Includes a discussion guide for personal reflection and group use.

Read an excerpt of Out Of A Far Country here (PDF Format)

About The Authors:

Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan travel nationally and internationally to speak at churches, conferences, youth conventions, and colleges about God's desire for prodigals of all types to return to Him.  Angela is a businesswoman and advocate for Chinese-American cultural causes. Christopher teaches at Moody Bible Institute (MBI). He holds a bachelor's degree from MBI and a master's degree in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry from Bethel Seminary.

My Review:

As I began reading the journey of Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, in Out Of A Far Country, I knew from page one this would be a book I would have to stay up late to read right through. And in fact I read the entire 204 pages (plus study guide) in only a few hours. Yet this small book has made a huge impact on me.

It was incredibly powerful and  heart-wrenching to see the impact made by the author's choices in life - both on himself and his family. The journey that Christopher and his family have been on is a modern day "Prodigal Son" story and you will learn much from it.  It is difficult to read at times, and does contain some graphic detail of the author's life that are not for the faint at heart. If this would bother you, I suggest you not read the book, however, it does allow you to fully understand the life that Christopher Yuan was leading and what he walked away from to turn back to his family and God.

Out Of A Far Country is a book that starts with great pain and sadness but ends with hope, only hope that can only come from God above. The book shows that it doesn't matter what we have done, how far we have gone, or where, God loves us, forgives us and is always drawing us back to Him. It is also a great testimony of the power of a praying parent. Angela Yuan is a testament to the determination that we, as moms, have to bring our children home, no matter what! I love the chapter on Holy Sexuality and how Yuan implores one to move beyond a sexual identity to a new life and identity in Jesus Christ!

I love that throughout the author's journey God was working not only in his life, but in his parent's and restored not only their relationship with their son, but also their own marriage and brought them both to a relationship with Him. 

A wonderful, life changing story that takes you far beyond the issues of homosexuality and the church. It takes you on the journey of broken lives restored when you allow God to do so. It is a book that every church needs to read and with a great study guide included, would be great for small group studies and adult Sunday School programs, and even individual studies.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Out Of  A Far Country online directly through it's publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, as well as through your local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of WaterBrook's Blogging For Books Program, 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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