Friday, November 02, 2012
Book Review - Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife by Marcia Moston
Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife is written by Marcia Moston and published by Thomas Nelson.
Marcia Moston and her family were a normal, middle class family living a normal Christian life in New Jersey when they felt the call upon their lives to international ministry. Actually, Marcia didn't feel that call as readily as her husband, Bob, did. He had just come home from a church ministry trip and felt that God was calling them to Guatemala to work with the Mayan people there.
Of course, Marcia wrestled with that but, eventually, decided that God was indeed calling them. And when God calls, you'd better answer.
Through the ups and downs of mission work in a Central American, out-of-the way village, Bob, Marcia, and their daughter, Lily, ministered to the local Mayans and found more than they had hoped for - some of that "more" being what the rest of the world might consider "less". But, through it all, God was faithful and transformed the middle-class housewife into a woman of uncommon courage.
Call of a Coward is a thoughtful, honest view of the life of a missionary. Marcia Moston has a certain wit and humor about her that spills over into her writing that keeps the reader flipping through the pages of what might otherwise have been a dull book. I appreciate her honesty in revealing some of her fears and shortcomings as she worked in a remote village in a country such as Guatemala.
This insightful look at mission work, whether it be long term or for a season, helps me to better understand what it's all about. "The harvest if plenty but the workers are few." (Matthew 9:37)
*I received a copy of Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife in exchange for my opinon. Opinions expressed are my own."