Bombs went off, earthquakes shook the ground, and people walked around with machine guns. That was my life. I grew up in Guatemala, with my father being a professor of Greek and New Testament theology at the Spanish seminary. This e-book has 34 short chapters describing life from the point of view of a child. It will make you want to climb trees and catch butterflies with your own children. This is not a spiritual book – it’s a recollection of memories. From boarding school to theater to furlough, I give you the blunt reality of life as only a child can see it.
I first read about this book when Evans wrote a guest post on Christian e-books today. I grew up going to church & being fascinated by missionaries, but never thought about what the kids went through – children who had no choice in the matter but to endure hardship because of decisions their parents made. So I wanted to read more, and wrote to Evans asking to review her book & I was thrilled when she did say yes.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the book was really written from the viewpoint of a child (see the first paragraph above, she does clearly tell you that the story is from the point of a view of a child), and she also tells you it is not a spiritual book – and that disappointed me as well. I guess I was hoping to hear more about the family’s missionary work in general, from the viewpoint of someone who wasn’t a missionary, and that was not discussed at all in the book.
That being said, Evans does a great job writing and sharing her memories of growing up and living in Guatemala, from a friend’s house getting bombed to a little festival/carnival of sorts that her friends put together, complete with a haunted house of sorts on the roof of the house. She lived there for nine years, so she and her family really got to know the area.
Overall, I think this is a great book, but I think preteens and teens would get the most out of it.
If you’d like to know more, there’s a facebook fan page and watch Susan’s video on you tube… (embedding never seems to work for me, so if the video doesn’t load, go to http://youtu.be/DqfFj-symw8)