Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blindsided by God (Review)

This review is for the book "Blindsided by God" by Peter Chin. When Peter Chin moved to an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was in God's will. But then his wife miscarried their third child, they were targeted in their neighborhood based on their race, his wife got a scary diagnosis of breast cancer, they had health insurance issues... it seemed like every day there was something else going wrong. Chin easily could have felt that God was turning his back on their family, but instead he persevered and believed God had something beautiful in store for them. Years later, now, Chin looks back and sees that God did have a purpose for their suffering, and he gives readers hope when they are suffering.

You will love the honesty and humor with which this book is written. This poor guy goes through it all. There are definitely dark times, such as the miscarriage of their child, and the cancer diagnosis, but then there are humorous times, like the first day of his new church plant where everyone is sent running due to the lunch catching on fire, or Chin rear-ending a fellow right after his wife's first chemo treatment. The stories will have you groaning in sympathy but laughing as well. I love the honesty of the author, and I truly love those who obviously don't take themselves too seriously. As far as I know, this is the only book Peter Chin has written. It is going straight on to my bookshelf to keep (which doesn't happen often) and he is now on my radar for future books!

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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