Book Review: Undaunted


 Undaunted

Author: Christine Caine

Publisher: Zondervan

 

Back Cover: Undaunted

UNNAMED. UNWANTED. UNQUALIFIED.

UNSTOPPABLE.

Christine Canes is no superhero.

She’s just like you. And she is changing the world.

Using her own dramatic life story, Christine shows how God rescued her from a life in which she was unnamed, unwanted, and unqualified. She overcame abuse, abandonment, fears, and other challenges to go on a mission of adventure, fueled by faith and filled with love and courage.

Christine offers life–transforming insights about not only how to overcome the trials, wrong turns, and often painful circumstances we all experience, but also how to grow from those experiences and be equipped and empowered to help others.

Her personal stories will inspire you to hear your own name called—just as Christine heard hers—to go into a dark and troubled world. Each of us possesses all it takes to bring hope, create change, and live completely for Christ.

 

Book Review: Undaunted

Undaunted is the first Christine Caine book that I’ve read. Chapter one of this book was absolutely gut-wrenching for me and my heart. Human suffering is so difficult for me to read about, hear, or see. I’ve had to learn over the years to turn these things over to God, but still it leaves it’s mark on my heart for these people and they are permanently in my prayers. I really appreciate the fact that Christine and her husband, Nick Caine, stepped up to God’s call to take action, forming A21—abolish injustice in the twenty-first century. The world is a better place for their faithfulness to obey God’s call on their life.

Undaunted challenged me to face the horrors of what is going on in the world today. While I know it exists, I don’t like to read about it, watch it or hear about it because it pains my heart so much. But, that has changed. The pain I feel hearing about it all is pale in comparison to the pain these people live. Christine Caine asks us to trust God and simply do what He has called us to do, in reaching the lost and hurting in our world today. While we aren’t all called to do what they did, starting an international organization to help those suffering from the horror of human trafficking, we can do something, other than ignore the problem.

Her story really encouraged me and I found several similarities of struggles that we share. Her story, her battles and subsequent victories over her battles gives me great hope that God can take all I’ve been through and do some amazing things with it and I trust He can do the same for your life too. Undaunted, for me, was a wake-up call. It left me asking what is my golden pin? What fears keep me from being all God created me to be and all His has purposed for me? What limitations, from the voices of others in my life, have I allowed to keep me where I am versus where I ought to be? I found myself asking a very important question after one chapter, “Are the hurting people of the world an interruption to my ministry or the object of it?” This from her lesson on Jesus’ good Samaritan parable. I believe the answer can be found in my response and action towards the hurting today. Do I do something to help or continue living life as though they hadn’t crossed my path. Though their story moves my heart, do they impact my life enough to move me into action on their behalf, regardless of what action God wants me to do?

Undaunted will challenge you, make you laugh, tug deeply and heavily on your heart, will motivate, and inspire you. I know I will never be the same after having read this book and that is a really good thing. I’m not sure after reading a book like this and hearing the stories she shares in it, we ought to be unchanged. I’d recommend Undaunted to anyone that dares to step up, pass their fears and what others have said about them, and into all that God has created them to be and purposed for their lives. Dare to reach beyond yourself and trust God for what has always seemed impossible to you. He’s been ready and waiting for you to take your rightful place in His plan. The question is are you ready to live an undaunted life?

As a result of reading this book, God is moving my heart to make a difference in the lives of these people suffering unimaginable pain each day. How? I’m not sure yet. But, as Christine says in her book, “He [God] does not ask, Are you capable? He asks, Are you wiling?” While I’m not sure how He will use me to help, I’m sure that I am now willing and that is all He needs to know from me, the rest He already has sorted out. Thankfully. I trust this book will inspire you too, if you will allow God to do the work in your heart. If not for this, I trust for another great need out there. Regardless, the principle is the same, you will need to be undaunted to get it done for His glory. One word comes to mind when I read this book….hope, not only for myself and my future, but for the future of so many others. God can, if you will…do anything.

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon.

To learn more about A21 and how you can help change a life, please visit their  website http://www.a21.org/index.php

Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!

Ally

 

He does not ask us to cross the street because we actually have the capacity in and of ourselves to rescue hurting people. He asks because he does. He does not ask, Are you capable? He asks, Are you willing?

—Christine Caine, Undaunted    

Undaunted

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