Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the GospelKelly Minter
This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs--experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure do... Read More
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God's presence. Her 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.
For anyone feeling complacent in their American Christianity, Kelly's story of the forgotten people of the Amazon and how they transformed her understanding of the gospel, is sure to inspire.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 10, 2014
- UPC: 9781434707352
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 253
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "REL012000"
- ISBN: 1434707350
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- Another GREAT creation from Kelly Minter! by Vanessa on 11/7/2014
Previously participating in two previous Kelly Minter Bible Studies, I was so excited to read this book about her time in Brazil. Kelly has such a way with words in her Bible studies, so I knew this book of hers would be no different. She has such a way of drawing people in with her words, for making you feel like you are there right along with her in the boat and sharing her experiences.
This book has touched me in a big way. The experiences she went through during her time away has changed her life and you can feel it through her writing. Although things had not been going the way she had imagined they would go, God put her in a place that renewed her faith and taught her about relationships she had never experienced.
I again am super pleased with a Kelly Minter creation and would recommend this to anyone. She knows how to strike the hearts of her readers and invite them in to her life story. This book has more than blessed me!
- Rollin' Down the River by tickmenot on 8/14/2014
This book contains fascinating true accounts of Kelly Minter's experiences on trips she made to South America. Little did this Nashville author know that when she signed with a Christian record label, she set in motion events that would ultimately lead her to the Brazilian Rain Forest. The head of the record label had a heart for the native people, sometimes called the forgotten people, who lived by the Amazon River. He encouraged the artists to go with him to see for themselves, and to lend a helping hand.
Kelly found the rain forest was hot, humid, and uncomfortable. The people were poor, living in desperate conditions. However, the Amazon River itself was so spectacularly beautiful that it was awe-inspiring. It was also filled with deadly creatures such as piranhas, caimans and anacondas. Kelly, along with the group she came with, would travel down that river on a boat called the Discovery. It would take her to places that would change her life.
She met many of the local people, and saw first-hand the challenges they faced, and their struggles. Often the pastors in the jungle were some of the poorest people. Many had just one set of clothing. Some had no place to live so took refuge in the church if they were lucky enough to have a building. If not, they made do with a hammock strung between the jungle trees. Yet these ministers were happy to do God's work, and joyfully talked about their lives.
After her experience in the Amazon, Ms. Minter's return to Nashville made her view everything with new eyes. Not just the obvious excesses that many Americans are blessed with, but the simplicity of faith the jungle people have. Her trip changed how the author lived, and worked among those around her in this country. She stepped out of her comfort zone to do things she might not have done before. She also wanted to return to the jungle again, which she did.
Ms. Minter's writing makes you feel like you are in the canoe with her as it makes its way down the Amazon, or inside one of the hot, humid dwellings along the river. Her words clearly give the reader the sights, smells and tastes of her travels. Not everyone will get the chance to go to the Brazilian rain forest or have the adventure of floating down the Amazon, but with this book, you will get the next best thing. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes true stories, is interested in foreign lands, or just enjoys good writing.
- If you read only one book (besides Bible), read this one! by Laura Langley on 7/12/2014
It's been quite some time--years maybe--since a book has affected me the way Kelly Minter's latest release, Where the River Runs, affected me. I laughed. I cried. I prayed. I worshiped. I rejoiced. And most of all, I was challenged to move beyond my mundane, suburban American Christianity, to experience God the way much of the rest of the world sees Him--as a loving, merciful, all-knowing, ever-present and tangible help in good times and bad. I was challenged to step out in trust and put feet to my faith by helping the poor and the poor in spirit around me.
A gifted storyteller, Minter takes readers on an adventure through the Amazonian rain forest. In fact, readers feel as if they're with Minter traveling down the Amazon on the Discovery--swinging spider monkeys, clicking caimans, slithering anacondas, hanging hammocks, and all! As Minter and her companions travel between villages, encouraging pastors, churches and local believers, they learn just as much or more from the locals as they had intended to teach and share. To quote Minter's dad, "we may know more theology, but they know more Jesus."
In Where the River Runs Minter challenges readers to vicariously learn the lesson she's learned -- how the gospel changes everything if we take seriously our commitment to follow and obey Jesus. Readers find themselves challenged to stronger faith, deeper trust in God, and more robust prayer lives.
From the story of Alexio who needed to know that God saw him to the story of Yan who needed God's provision of a house to the story of Lazaro who was prayed out of witch-doctoring, Minter shows the depth of need--both spiritual and physical--of the people of the Amazonian rain forests. And yet she shows how very real their faith is because of their poverty and suffering.
If you only read one book this year (besides your Bible, of course), then this is the book. It will challenge you, awaken you, and touch you. You never know. You just might find yourself in the rain forest! As for me, I'm asking God to open my eyes to the needs around me and give me the courage and willingness to allow Him to interrupt my life so I can meet the needs of those He places in my path--no matter the personal cost.
About the Author
Kelly Minter is an acclaimed author, Bible teacher, and musician. Her bestselling Bible studies include Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break and Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy, and her books No Other Gods and The Fitting Room. She speaks to women around the world and partners with Justice and Mercy Amazon, an organization that serves in the Amazon jungle. Kelly lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Note: I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.