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Bethany House/Baker Publishing Review: Outrageous Courage by Kris Vallotton and Jason Vallotton #grow4christ

on December 9, 2013

About the Book:

Contained in these pages is a story that will change your life.

Consider yourself warned.

Dear Reader,

This is the story of one of the most courageous, radically obedient people we know.

Tracy Evans, a physician assistant, has treated rebel guerillas while captive on an Asian island. She’s sipped tea in a Mozambican hut while bullets whistled through the grass walls. She’s cared for 900 HIV-positive orphans.

In these pages you will find not only gripping, unembellished true stories of Tracy’s exploits around the globe, but the more amazing account of what God can do with–and through–one person’s raw faith and obedience.

Tracy’s life has had an unbelievable impact on us, our families and our friends. We pray that you, too, will be inspired to radical obedience, faith adventures and wild trust in God’s power and purpose for your life.

Put on your seatbelt and let the journey begin!

Love in Christ, Kris Vallotton Jason Vallotton

You can purchase the book from Baker Publishing, Amazon and other retailers.

My Opinion:

Most of my readers at my blog know how much I enjoy the inspirational and faith filled stories of missionaries so when I asked to review Outrageous Courage I knew it’d be right up my alley.  I’m not sure how much it changed my life and I know it didn’t measure up to being a modern day Pilgrim’s Progress but I will say that it definitely encouraged and inspired me as I read about Tracy’s life as a missionary who overcame a lot to care for many orphaned children and burying many as well as seeing a dead woman come back to life.  I know some may doubt her encounters, such as the dead woman who came back to life – but God’s ways are not our ways and He is still working miracles today so the dead coming back is not a far off stretch, even in today’s world.

I would have liked to learn more about Tracy’s life as a child, a bit more of her testimony.  I love testimonies, whether they are from those who have been Christian’s all their lives or from those, who like, me had to live the life of hard knocks.  If I had to recommend something, should this book ever be re-released it would be that – to add a bit more of Tracy’s life before her stint in the Army and also to make things flow a bit more chronologically.  The book is written in the 1st person from interviews done over a week, so some time seems to jump around and it would have been nice to have A, B, and C laid out in that fashion versus the skipping around.  I don’t want to sound to harsh about the book, as we are humans, and when we recount details of our lives sometimes we do skip back and relay something out of sorts – but in a book it is hard to tell when we are skipping back or still going forward.

Outrageous Courage deals with the life of a missionary and the threats that come with that, violence, rape, and at one time Tracy was attacked by a dog.  I currently have two children who desire to become missionaries and I will be letting both of them read this book, especially my 11 year old daughter, the authors did a great job in describing the events and violence missionaries can encounter but they do it without a lot of graphic details – with the exception of the dead woman come back to life – as Tracy wanted to ensure her readers would know that the woman was dead.  Tracy’s transparency is refreshing, even as she admits to struggling and doubting in her faith as well as doubting her worth and she even gives ways that she overcame the obstacles.

 

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