For many Christians the need to share the gospel seems to be something that is best left to others; The pastor, the professional missionary, and people who have the money to spend their vacations in some far off place. These same people would probably agree with the sentiment of Mathew 24: 14--the whole world has to be reached, and then the end will come. Of course that means that a lot of people need to "A thriller based on present and future events". The Book is called Hastening: Book One of NO PLACE LEFT a Saga of Destiny Fulfilled. (2414 Ventures, 2016).
The basic premise of the book is that Jesus won't return until the work of sharing the gospel throughout the world is completed, and the missionaries currently serving can't reach all of them. Three men, church planters, come up with the idea of mobilizing Christians to reach the over 3000 unreached people groups throughout the world by the year 2025 - a very ambitious ten year plan.
Throughout the book references are made to Perspectives class, an actual class, a 15 week study in missions. Prominent missiologists are mentioned by name, and the acronyms used are familiar to those who study trends in church planting and missions.
But this is fiction, a thriller based on present and future events, and so there has to be a protagonist. In this case, a group of men simply known as The Ten, a group that has power and resources that most of us couldn't even dream about. The two story lines intertwine very nicely, and the adversary adds an element of excitement and intrigue for those who may not be overly interested in dry facts about current trends in the field of missions.
I enjoyed this book, and actually read it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which will hopefully be released soon.
Although I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of the book in exchange for agreeing to review the book, I would willingly pay the asking price since it is such an enjoyable read. Please, though, although it is easy to get caught up in some of the facts about the mission field, this book is representative of a world-wide picture of serving.
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