I enjoyed my August blogging break and having more time to read ... three great (auto)biographies.
1. Living on the Devil's Doorstep:The McClung Family Story by Floyd McClung
This is one of my favorite books on raising kids in a full-time ministry family. The McClungs lived in crazy places and did wild things ... and included their children. (wise parents)
This book is also worth a read just to see what Floyd does when he feels God is calling him to move his family into the red light district in Amsterdam - and God has not told his wife ... yet. (wise husband)
2. Steel in his Soul: The Dick Hillis Story by Jan Winebrenner
Dick Hillis founded the organization my parents served with in our Viet Nam years. Dick was a humble, amazing and godly guy.
Two things stood out to me this time:
* God did some miracles for the Hillis
family. Jaw dropping, wild miracles.
*They also really suffered.
It is good for me to learn more about this dichotomy. I see it in Paul's life and others in Scripture. Dick Hillis' story in an encouragement to me in these uncertain days.
And, my parents are mentioned in the book.
3. In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord (a protective pseudonym)
For five years, Kate worked for a non-profit organization in Afghanistan with the goal of helping Afghan women.
In simple, beautiful and winsome words, she shares the story of the women that became her friends.
Two things I really loved
*Kate shares Jesus, not western culture
*Kate reflects on how we become like
the person we follow
I loved this book.
A little parenting note: Our children can learn so much from real stories. Read great biographies to your kids. Give great biographies as gifts. Take your children to hear people tell their stories. And when the rare opportunity arises, invite a hero to share dinner with your family.