Outrageous Courage began as a story similar to that of many people who venture into missions at a young age, with much to learn about themselves and the Lord. The spiritual growing-up and healing that takes place in the individual, the hurt and disappointments carried when one has to leave a mission field abruptly, the struggle with reverse culture shock and fitting back in to the American church- all of this is the norm for young Christians who spend time in overseas missions. So I confess to feeling only a passing interest through the first several chapters of this book- nothing struck me as highly unique…at first. But then the story shifted from retelling the dramatic or memorable points in Tracy Evans’ experiences that shaped her faith, to focusing on the outcomes of her maturity in faith and her unique willingness to truly, and literally, live-or die- by faith. Consequently, what began as an interesting- but not exceptional- story ended as the authors intended: Outrageous Courage is a challenging story that does inspire and urge the reader on in a deeper walk with God. Like Tracy Evans, you will hear God’s call to “spend yourself” in behalf of others (Is. 58:10). You will finish this book asking the Lord to show you how to be a risk-taker in faith wherever you are, in whatever place you are living your calling. I don’t think it would be possible to put this book down and feel satisfied with your status-quo; you will be begging God to throw you off a spiritual cliff so that you can experience the thrill of Him catching you. This book would be a great read for the restless (or aimless) teenager who is uncertain of God’s calling in his life, but it would be no less valuable to those at any life-stage who seek the challenge of living more fully, more passionately, and more abundantly in Jesus.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Chosen Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.