Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World

Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World

by Amy Peterson


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Amy Peterson grew up in church, where she loved the adventurous stories of missionaries in foreign countries who won people to the Lord. After college, she was ready to “do big things for God” on the mission field herself. Dangerous Territory is a captivating memoir that tells Amy’s personal journey from wide-eyed adventurer to questioning believer to simply a beloved child of God. Her story will challenge your notion of “mission work,” showing how you can have a vital relationship with God that naturally spills over to affect others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627075978
Publisher: Discovery House
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 745,394
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Amy Peterson is a writer, English as a second language instructor, and assistant director of honors programming at Taylor University. She has a master’s degree in missions and intercultural studies from Wheaton College, and has used it to work with people from more than a dozen countries. Amy lives with her fellow adventurer husband and their two children on two acres of Indiana farmland. Read more of Amy’s writing on her blog, amypeterson.net. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Part 1 Sent

1 I Can't Tell You This Country's Name 17

Interlude: A Brief History of the Missionary Narrative 27

2 Backpackers and Wanderlust 29

3 Expats Will Change the World 35

4 Do Not Easily Leave 41

Interlude: A Brief History of Short-Term Missions 47

5 The Strictest American 51

6 Locusts and Miracles 57

7 Long Walks on the Beach 63

8 The Backstreet Boys and Salvation 69

9 Christmas Parties 73

10 Solos at Karaoke 79

11 Headless in Thailand 83

Interlude: A Brief History of Women in Missions 89

12 Further Out 93

13 Deeper In 99

14 The Impossibility of Self-Care 103

15 High Places (Mistakes Were Made) 109

Part 2 Stripped

16 Home 115

17 "The Police Were Following Him" 119

18 Instant Messages 123

19 Saying Thank You in the Dark 141

20 Due to Curriculum Changes 145

21 Choosing Cambodia 155

22 Why Are We Here? 159

Interlude: Imagining Other Ways of Doing Missions 163

23 The Spirit of Christmas Past, and Other Ghosts 167

24 The Killing Fields 173

Part 3 Surrendered

25 A Whittled Arrow, Hidden 181

26 Falling in Love 185

27 Being, the Beloved 191

28 Fireflies and Honey 195

29 Gethsemane 199

Interlude: The Missionary 205

30 Speaking Faith as a Second Language 209

Epilogue: No Longer at Ease 213

Further Reading 219

Acknowledgments 221

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