y2Read representing my Gone Bookserk Library. There are so many books I wan to read, and just as many, if not more, that I want to talk about... to tell the world about... to let you know how and why it has made my Read2Read Library.
This week I wanted to start with a book that I think sparked the urgency of this series of posts. It is a book called The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Rip Ripken.
Faith is an important aspect of my life, and I have come to appreciate it more and more as time goes on. I feel that Faith goes hand in hand with our humanity. Without it, we are lost souls... desperate human beings, hopeless. This book describes the journey of Faith... in places where we are least likely to find it, or even talk about it.
"The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia.Most of us experience adversity, some more and some less. It is our own shadow, different for everyone but it's the same type of shadow. Some hardships, though, seem to test us so hard that we loose our sense of existence, or mere hope of living. That's when Faith has to be at its highest, otherwise NOT existing can look more appealing than living.
Nik recalls that, “God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those circumstances?” It is a question that many have asked and one that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith.
How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how?
The Insanity of God tells a story—a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story—of the Ripkens’ own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping, narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough." Goodreads
I know from personal experience that I have had many moments in life that were it not for my Faith in God, in higher powers, and in the belief that even in the most unexpected places God still has presence, I would probably be very lost.
I'm intrigued to read this book for this reason. I think it must have a lot of wisdom. Even though the stories are so far distanced, it probably carries some universal connection that exists in all of us, as human beings, and that's what I most look forward with this book.
Have you heard of this book?
Has it made your reading-list?
Would you consider reading this book? And Why?