Monday, September 16, 2013

Seed Sowers: Gospel Planting Adventures- TOS Review

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($13.95-softcover; $30.95-hardcover; $3.99-kindle)
One of the very first homeschooling field trips that we took over 20 years ago was to Wycliffe Bible Translators headquarters in southern California. My friend Donna (who faithfully sends me a Christmas update letter every year -love that!) and I totally agreed that this was one field trip that was just as much for the parents as for the kids!
At that time, too, we lived in Seminary housing- more of our neighbors were international than not- so our older kids were, literally, surrounded by missionaries and people from all different lands and languages for the better part of a decade.
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If you don't live in an international community, (we don't anymore) or personally know missionaries, you are going to want to get this book! Why? Because through it's pages you will meet real life missionaries, doing real life mission work- bringing the Good News of Salvation to those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness!
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As the book begins, "There is an old Jewish proverb that says:
Why did God make people? He loves their stories."
Written by Bible Translator, Gwen Toliver, who supports missionaries with Wycliff Bible Translators, each of the 21 chapters highlights the life and work of a missionary or a couple who has devoted their life to mission work. 
If you've read GG for any length of time you know that we are story loving fools 'round here. Too, Bobby Clinton (Christan leadership guru) always claims that leaders read the biographies and autobiographies of great men and women. This book is chock full of men and women who have done great things for God.
I read several chapters out loud to the kids and Cub finished the book on his own. Each chapter focuses on a different people group, language, country, giving your curious child lots to think about! These are the real life adventures (at time life- threatening challenges) of people who have braved the unknown. Given that not everything that you read will be all goodness and light. There are hardships and occasional violence involved.  This would be a great addition to geography, Bible or cultural studies! Cub and Flower inevitably had comments and questions at the end of each chapter.
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For more information about the stories check out Gwen's blog: Seed Sowers: Gospel Planting Adventures available from Grace and Truth.
To learn more about Bible Translation go to Wycliffe Associates
Seed Sowers: Gospel-Planting Adventures ($13.95-softcover; $30.95-hardcover; $3.99-kindle). For independent readers grades 6 and up, or younger with an adult reading buddy.


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Thank you very much. Your posting is very greet.


Gwen T said...

Thanks for your review, Lisa! It is amazing to me too how God did great things through these ordinary people. :)

And I should clarify that we're not Bible translators ourselves, but do work that supports the translators. It takes lots of people to keep one translator doing what God gifted him/her to do! (just like in Rom. 12!)