Unknown What happens when a young family moves from their comfortable surroundings in the U.S. to a Middle Eastern country in order to share the Gospel? Author Carl Medearis shares this journey of faith in his book, Adventures in Saying Yes. Medearis shares stories of his family’s ups and downs (including some life-threatening situations) living in the Middle East and how his family’s faith was challenged, stretched and strengthened throughout their adventures. I particularly liked the fact that Medearis’ wife and children also contributed their own memories and anecdotes to the book; it was interesting to see some of the stories told from their perspectives. While the book includes many personal stories from Medearis, it is not solely autobiographical. He uses those stories to discuss the ways that fear can hold us back and how saying yes to God can deepen our faith, even if our adventures are not quite as hair-raising as his. This was a fairly quick read but a good one, particularly if you’re hesitating to say yes to God in a particular situation, or if you’re just interested in reading more about life in the Middle East. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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