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Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel
     

Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel

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by Kelly Minter
 

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This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs-experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God's

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This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs-experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God's presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.
For anyone feeling complacent in their American Christianity, Kelly's story of the forgotten people of the Amazon and how they transformed her understanding of the gospel, is sure to inspire.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/21/2014
Author, Bible teacher, and musician Minter (The Fitting Room) was at a crossroads when she was invited on a trip to the Amazon. Her music career hadn't gone as she had planned. As she comes to know the Amazon and its people and watches them cope with the tragedy and unpredictability of their world, Minter begins to feel the struggles of the river people cutting new channels through her spirit. In between trips, she begins to realize her own smallness in the grand scheme of God's plans, re-evaluates opportunities to help her neighbors, and slowly comes to grips with her own need for approval. She writes with candor about the stories of the pastors and villagers she meets, as well as the weight of loss that enveloped members of their team over the course of a painful year. Though Minter can seem self-absorbed at times, particularly early on, her ability to be honest about her struggles to relate what she was learning in the Amazon to her need for significance proves winsome. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“The best thing I can say about Wherever the River Runs is that I closed the last page, bowed my head, and said, ‘God, send me too.’ Thank you, Kelly, for your courage, leadership, and faithfulness.”
— Jen Hatmaker, speaker, blogger, and author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

“Read this book and allow God to expand your vision of the life-changing power of the gospel of Christ in the world today.”
— Stuart Townend, musician, worship leader, and songwriter of “In Christ Alone”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434707352
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
189,439
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Kelly Minter is an acclaimed author, Bible teacher, and musician. Her bestselling Bible studies include Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break and Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy, and her books Water into Wine, No Other Gods, and The Fitting Room. She speaks to women around the world and partners with Justice and Mercy Amazon, an organization that serves in the Amazon jungle. Kelly lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Rollin' Down the River This book contains fascinating true accounts of Kelly Minter's experiences on trips she made to South America.  Little did this Nashville author know that when she signed with a Christian record label, she set in motion events that would ultimately lead her to the Brazilian Rain Forest.  The head of the record label had a heart for the native people, sometimes called the forgotten people, who lived by the Amazon River.  He encouraged the artists to go with him to see for themselves, and to lend a helping hand. Kelly found the rain forest was hot, humid, and uncomfortable.  The people were poor, living in desperate conditions. However, the Amazon River itself was so spectacularly beautiful that it was awe-inspiring.  It was also filled with deadly creatures such as piranhas, caimans and anacondas.  Kelly, along with the group she came with, would travel down that river on a boat called the Discovery.    It would take her to places that would change her life. She met many of the local people, and saw first-hand the challenges they faced, and their struggles. Often the pastors in the jungle were some of the poorest people.  Many had just one set of clothing.  Some had no place to live so took refuge in the church if they were lucky enough to have a building.  If not, they made do with a hammock strung between the jungle trees.  Yet these ministers were happy to do God's work, and joyfully talked about their lives. After her experience in the Amazon, Ms. Minter's return to Nashville made her view everything with new eyes.  Not just the obvious excesses that many Americans are blessed with, but the simplicity of faith the jungle people have.  Her trip changed how the author lived, and worked among those around her in this country.  She stepped out of her comfort zone to do things she might not have done before.  She also wanted to return to the jungle again, which she did.   Ms. Minter's writing makes you feel like you are in the canoe with her as it makes its way down the Amazon, or inside one of the hot, humid dwellings along the river.  Her words clearly give the reader the sights, smells and tastes of her travels.  Not everyone will get the chance to go to the Brazilian rain forest or have the adventure of floating down the Amazon, but with this book, you will get the next best thing.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes true stories, is interested in foreign lands, or just enjoys good writing.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IoanaN More than 1 year ago
Wherever the River Runs is the recounting of Kelly Minter's travels to the Amazon Jungle. The idea of going to Amazon was first planted in her mind by John Paculabo, the founder of Ray of Hope and Managing Director at Kingsway Distribution. The book is a memoir telling about the travels of the author to the Amazon. She went to Brazil seven times, each trip adding a new perspective to the work she is to do for the poor abroad and in her community. It's a great lesson and reminder for the reader as well. I really enjoyed reading this book. I personally enjoy reading memoirs, but this one was a bit different. I don't recall having read (or not that many) memoirs of people who were missionaries, so this one was a fairly new reading experience for me. I am sure the writer wouldn't call herself "missionary" in the traditional sense of the word, but she kind of was. For several years, she and a group of people spent a week in the Brazilian jungle, on the Amazon river, helping and ministering to the people living along the river. This book, beyond the easyly read style, yet very engaging, was eye-opening for me. I kept highlighting a lot. Everything she said rang so true and it hit close to home. Basically, it was her telling the reader how the ministry of Ray of Hope helps those less fortunate. The stories and the people she tells about give a new perspective on how Christianity is more than a nicely boxed theology, how Christ-following means living it daily, not just talking about it. What I would have loved was probably a bit more about the specific work that goes on when the team is not visiting the country, and how the things are kept working smoothly. This was probably left out because the behind the scenes mechanism is usually not that entertaining. For those interested in helping the ministry, Justice and Ministry Amazon is now the one carrying the legacy started by John Paculabo, and their site offers info about the ministry and ways to get involved. As I said, I enjoyed this book tremendously. Minter's style is great, in my humble opinion. This is her first book I've read, but now I'm ready to try some of her other writings as well. I think what I really liked about her was her willingness to be honest about her shortcomings, quick to acknowledge that she's still a work in progress, that there is still a lot she must learn. She's also funny, which is always a plus in my book. All in all, this book has been a great read. I requested this book via Net Galley from David C. Cook for review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.