Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughtful Thursdays ~ Book Review: Call of a Coward

I love to read fiction. I love to be transported to places I’ve never been and experience thrills that set my heart racing—as I sit snug on the sofa in my pajamas, sipping coffee and eating some form of chocolate.

I also enjoy non-fiction. My spirit responds to challenging words that inspire me to experience more of the abundant life God designed for me.

It’s a rare thing to find non-fiction that reads like fiction. To know that the events that have you biting your nails as you flip page after page, that have you marveling at the way God works—really did happen to a real person.

When you find a modern story that didn’t develop in the mind of man but grew out of the heart of God—well, you’ve found a treasure.

Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston is just such a rare jewel. It begins with this line…

”The problem with promising God you’ll follow Him wherever He leads is that you just might have to go.”

And you know from that moment - you’re in for an adventure.

If you believe that following God is easy and predictable, then Call of a Coward will shatter your preconceived notions of what answering God’s call entails.

In vivid language, Marcia Moston takes us on an intimate journey of faith. We feel her shock in the moment her husband informs her he feels God calling them to a remote Guatemalan village. We sympathize as she negotiates with God for her daughter’s safety. We ache with her when fear and exhaustion overwhelm her.

With humor and honesty, Call of a Coward gives us a glimpse into how God is working today. And there’s nothing predictable about it. Even when things don’t go as expected, we see how nothing done for Him is ever wasted.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be participating in a blog tour for Call of a Coward and plan to have an interview with Marcia. But there’s no need to wait to learn more! Call of a Coward is available from WestBow Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble and is available in e-book formats for your Nook or Kindle.

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that Marcia and I are both active in the Upstate Fellowship of Christian Writers, as well as an on-line group, The Light Brigade. I've had the joy of celebrating her publication with her and I can say with confidence that her heart's desire is for those who read Call of a Coward to be drawn into a deeper and more radical walk with their Savior.


Amy said...

Wonderful review. Thank you for sharing. I was intrigued when you mentioned it during our visit. Your review convinced me to add it to my reading list (just purchased the nook book). I look forward to talking it over after my read.