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Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God

Reaching the place of surrender was only the beginning of her struggles. Once she began working in this area she was diagnosed with cancer. This raised questions in her mind as to why this was happening since she was obeying the Lord in what He had asked her to do. She had surgery, as well as radiation and chemotherapy treatments. She pressed through that experience. Later she found that she once again had cancer. She persevered through this also. One of the great things about this book is the author’s ability to look at circumstances redemptively. She is able to see how some of the difficult situations in her life were used by the Lord to make her a more compassionate, effective minister for Him.

The book chronicles her journey as she got involved in the HIV/AIDS issue. It tells of her travels, her observations and her thoughts. A word of caution: if you do not want to be challenged or do not want to be moved, do not read this book.

Dangerous Surrender is a story of surrender, courage and perseverance. It is a book that challenges us. Will we do what God wants or will we do what is easy? Kay Warren urges us not to “turn the page,” that is, not go on with life ignoring the sufferings of our world and the things that the Lord is calling us to. She encourages us to be “dangerously disturbed” and “gloriously ruined.” Whether you feel as though God is calling you to an AIDS related ministry or not, this book is a must read. I recommend it without reservation.

Reviewed by John P. Lathrop

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Category: Fall 2008, Living the Faith

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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