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Heidi and Rolland Baker: Learning to Love

Heidi and Rolland Baker, Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion, and the Essence of the Gospel (Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2013).

The missionary ministry of Heidi and Rolland Baker is widely known and their stories of miracles throughout Mozambique are legendary. In this book, the Bakers take the readers on a journey into the heart of the mission as they narrate their own story with their own words. The book is divided into four parts: passion, suffering, challenges, and the supernatural sustenance of the Holy Spirit. Overall, it is a delightful read that is amply illustrated by photos and testimonies.

Heidi Baker’s voice narrates most of the book as she tells her story to the reader, as if sitting in the comfort of a warm home. There is a repetitive (and convicting) theme that appears throughout the book: “if I don’t … then who will” (page 10 and many others). If I don’t go, if I don’t do, if I don’t speak, if I don’t help… then who will? Her point being, she is being compelled to go by the Holy Spirit because the need is so very great. This urgent calling is similar to the calling of Mother Teresa, who’s life calling reflects on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

While the book is a testimony of the goodness and grace of God, it is also a report to current supporters and an appeal to potential supporters. Nevertheless, it is pleasing and heartwarming to read about the way God is moving in Mozambique.

Reviewed by John Miller


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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2017

About the Author: John R. Miller is an ordained minister with Elim Fellowship of Lima, NY and serves as Pastor of Education with Living Word Temple of Restoration, Rochester, NY. He has a degree from Elim Bible Institute, a B.Div. (Trinity Theological Seminary), C.P.E. (University of Rochester), M.Div. (Northeastern Seminary), and Ph.D. (Regent University). He teaches at Regent University and Elim Bible Institute & College.

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