One Small Step [Book Review of #theunlikelymissionary]

Our team leader, Jim, sensed my struggle. He told me again, It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the needs, Dan. In places like this we have to be content with doing our small part.

I would never be content with small.

I can remember the first time I reached out to Dan King, wanting to be part of a group blogging project on The Mystery of the Cross. That was over a year ago …

After a few more projects, he approached me about becoming a part of the team. He wanted me to write more consistently for the site and eventually take on an editor role. I was ecstatic. I think my response was something like: Ohmigosh, for real? I’d love to!

Dan very quickly became my mentor and my friend. I can’t help but see the love of Christ shining through everything that he does. He has been incredibly supportive of my own discernment and journey into writing. It never fails that just when I think I am not cut out for this sort of thing, he says something that picks me back up and sets my heart on fire again.

But maybe the thing about Dan that impresses me the most is his humility and his deep desire to make Christ known to those around him. He writes not to become famous, but to make God famous. He doesn’t shy away from tough topics, but instead pokes the fire a little, encouraging open dialogue and discussion.

He is never content with small … not because he wants to do great things, but because he knows God can do great things.

I watched from afar as he embarked on the journey to write his first e-book. I even offered suggestions on the book cover and the subtitle. When it finally released, I was so proud to be his friend. So proud of the hard work he had done … and like any good writer friend, I just could not wait to dive into the words on my Kindle.

Unfortunately life got in my way and I wasn’t able to sit down with it as soon as it came out. Although I had vowed to be one of the first to say great things about it, I now find myself in the choir of those saying great things.

But I have to tell you … every single word was worth reading. This isn’t your typical book recalling someone’s first mission trip. The stories are powerful and the transformation in Dan’s heart is incredible, but this book offers so much more. It offers each one of us the chance to really pray about how God is calling us to serve and then to move into action on that calling.

My favorite part of the book is the PRAXIS at the end of each chapter. Taking his own personal experiences, Dan challenges us to have similar experiences … right in our own backyards. Because what Dan learned from his trip to Africa is that there are people in need everywhere. And that the small things do matter. The small things add up. If we each did one small thing every day of our lives – well, think about how huge the sum would be!

Sure, this book is about one man’s mission trip to Africa. But it’s also about how you and I can become poverty-fighters. Maybe some of us will be called to go to a foreign place. Others of us might be called to take on huge projects and devote lots of time to organizations needing help. And still others of us might be called to go hang out with the least of these and just listen to their stories.

With God, the possibilities are endless … will you take time to listen to God’s call?

You can get your copy of The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Fighter for just $4.99. Check it out – for real.

Crystal Rowe

wife to D, mama to A & E, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, follower of Christ, writer, book lover, beloved child of God

  • I’m really blessed by this review, and I think you’ve nailed my heart in writing it. I’m also really pleased to see here (and with other reviewers) that the PRAXIS stood out as a major factor in the reading of the book. I like the stories that I was able to share, but think they are meaningless unless there is something in there that can spark something in others. I guess I accomplished that mission!

    Thanks again for the amazing review!