Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
I have been reading some fascinating books lately, of various topics. One genre of book I’ve been looking for are about missionaries in different areas and Venturing with God in Congo from Conjurske Publications fit the bill perfectly!
Right away I loved the cover. The artwork and the quality both! The cover is soft and makes you just want to pick it up. I wasn’t exactly sure what the artwork on the cover had to do with the story, bu it sure drew me in! That was a great combination!
As I started to read, I had just assumed it would be a novel. It took me a little bit to realize that it was in fact a bunch of short stories. That made all the difference as the first couple of chapters didn’t really blend together like they do in a novel.
Once I realized that it was short stories, I found time to read when I knew I only had a few moments here and there. The stories are all quite short, and easy to read one or two in just a few moments.
Even though the stories were short, a lot happened in each one. I wasn’t prepared with how much the book involved hunting the animals. I personally don’t enjoy reading about that, but I do understand how it was necessary living where they did.
Venturing with God in Congo basically started from the beginning of the missionary experience of the Champlin family. It started with just him and his wife and then slowly their children are introduced.
I thought it was so interesting to read how they made it work, living in the jungle like they did. Their structures and how they made it as safe as they could, the food that they had to get used to, even the clothing that they wore in comparison to the local people.
Almost every story had a tie in to a Bible verse or two, which was posted at the beginning of the story, the end, or both. It really made you think about the verse a little differently when you could put it in the context of what they were going through at the time.
One thing I really enjoyed was throughout the book there were local words that were defined or shown the pronunciation. That is so handy when reading a book that has words from a different language!
I would definitely recommend this book. If you wanted to read about missionaries like I did, or if you just wanted some cool little adventure stories, it would be a great book to read!
Venturing with God in Congo