Monday, July 28, 2014

Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter

About the book:

In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a journey down a river teeming with piranhas and caimans, as well as machete-wielding mothers, heroic jungle pastors, faith-filled children, and miracles too seldom experienced in our part of the world. Kelly's honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.

On this beautiful adventure through the jungles of Brazil and the tangles of the soul, Kelly rediscovers Jesus among a forgotten people living well beyond the corners of her previously defined faith--a people who draw her back to their country, their pain, and their hope in Him, again and again.

"Kelly Minter writes the way a portrait artist paints." -- Beth Moore, Living Proof Ministries

"The best thing I can say about Wherever the River Runs is that I closed the last page, bowed my head, and said, 'God, send me too.' Thank you, Kelly, for your courage, leadership, and faithfulness." -- Jen Hatmaker (speaker, blogger, and author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess)

“That first day on the river I didn’t understand what I was getting into, how God was about to rearrange my priorities, break my heart, push against the thin lining of my faith, whet my tongue for a joy I’d never tasted, and open wide my eyes to the poor. I knew I was on the brink of an adventure of a lifetime, but I had no idea just how far the river would take me,” Kelly Minter writes her book, Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel.

This two hundred and fifty-six page paperback targets those interested in a biography of finding God in an unpredictable place as one goes through life’s journey. With no profanity, sex, or violence, the topic of the poor, jungle life, and eternal salvation would be appropriate for mature readers. Using mainly the New International Version of the Bible, also the Amplified, NKJV, and NLT are referenced.

Author Kelly Minter has led an interesting but sheltered life being in the Christian ministry spot-light of the music, speaking, and writing industries. However, nothing changed her more emotionally and spiritually when she went on her first of seven voyages to Brazil’s Amazon.

Within seventeen chapters, the author captures how her heart was stirred, her senses seasoned, her love for others challenged, and her attitude altered by visiting the forgotten ribeirinhos (river people).

Kelly always thought she understood the Bible and its message of helping the poor, yet she came to an abrupt awakening when she traveled to small, struggling communities that were suffering from yearly flooding and miraculously living off the land.

In addition to dealing with manioc plants, stingrays, bats, and sleeping in hammocks, Minter met natives along with pastors and their wives who value stillness and waiting on the Lord while the beauty and harshness of nature envelope them.

Learning about her pride, selfishness, and unbelief as she met the poor, she grasped God sees and does not forget those in need; He has compassion and purpose. Shedding her insecurities, Minter refocused her priorities as she blended her “normal” life in the States with overseas trips to help the needy.

Written with a deep love and sarcastic wit, this book may change readers’ lives that are looking for that something special to be closer to God by helping others.

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