I love to read Kelly Minter’s work. I also love her Bible studies. I’ve participated in both her Ruth and Nehemiah Bible studies, and I’ve read her book The Fitting Room. So, when I received an opportunity to review Minter’s newest work, Wherever the River Runs, I was excited to see where the Lord was taking her and what Minter would be writing about.
This book is not a Bible study but a narrative of a personal nature. As the publisher says:
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.
In this book, Kelly Minter shares a personal and life-changing adventure of her first trip down the Amazon to work with the Brazilian people and what drew her to come back to the Amazon time and time again. It’s a tale of chance encounters turned divine appointments, spiritual mentorship, the building of connections and what it means to live out the gospel as Minter finds herself becoming more and more personally involved in the ministry in the Amazon and in the lives of the jungle pastors and villagers.
I found this account to be beautiful. Minter never saw herself as a person who would fall in love in the ministry to be done in the jungle. In fact, we find Minter at the beginning of the story as a woman who commits to go to the Amazon because of respect for a spiritual mentor and a man she was hoping to record music for. She’s semi-relieved when she has to back out of the first trip she schedules to go to the Amazon.
It makes it all the more powerful to know that this wasn’t the path she had chosen for herself when the reader gets to see her fall in love with the Brazilian people along the Amazon river. We get to see that she grows to care for these people as she experiences them. She gets to worry over these people and pray for them. She gets to minister to them in a real and life-changing way that not only changes their lives but the course of her life as well.
As someone who has enjoyed Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah Bible study (twice!!), where her love of these jungle people shines through, I found myself lingering over the pages of this account, enjoying the descriptions of the people who she meets and those who she works with as ministry partners. I found it profound to realize that sometimes it’s easier to go share the gospel and take care of people half a world away than those in your own neighborhood and how Kelly Minter had to travel to the Amazon to realize that these people existed, not only in the jungle, but in the world she lived in back home.
This is a book that I would recommend heartily. Minter occasionally writes ironically in a way that is quite humorous as she recounts events that happen and then turns around in an earnest tone and shares such gospel truth that you’ll be blown away by her spiritual insight. I’m still processing some of the gems that I read in this book, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to travel through it.
The publisher is also generously allowing me to give away a copy of Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed my Hope in the Gospel. This giveaway will run from July 31 – August 10th, and all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment. Tell me whether or not you’ve ever read anything from Kelly Minter, and if you have, what your favorite of her books is. This giveaway is open for the United States and Canada, and the winner will be drawn through Random.org. 🙂
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