I was surprised by “Out of a Far Country.” After reading the synopsis, I was expecting a story that centered on Chinese family traditions and expectations. I was expecting to be bored by a cliche story of a young man trying to prove his American independence at the cost of family duty. I was wrong. Instead, I read a page turning intrigue of the power of God’s grace in a family. I literally could not put this book down. My dirty house can prove it.
This book was encouraging on many levels, but foremost was the testimony to the power of prayer. I forget to pray. I tell people I will pray for them and then I don’t. Angela Yuan, a mother, becomes a Christian and begins to pray and fast diligently for her son’s salvation and his redemption from the lifestyle of homosexuality. Her faithfulness is convicting. I do not pray for my children as I should, let alone pray like she did. Her prayers were answered in full and now her (husband and) son can testify to the power of prayer in amazing ways.
As the homosexuality issue continues to rage emotional battles, especially within the church, the second most encouraging testimony was the stand for sexual purity. Here is a man who has experienced many harms due to homosexuality: lies, temptation, illness, hurts… And afterwards, he still stands upright and stands for sexual purity outside of marriage.
I have recommended this book several times and have already loaned out my copy. I am glad I had the opportunity to be so encouraged by the ongoing work of God’s grace in peoples lives.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Please enjoy! Read the first chapter here.