The Absence of Excess: Stories on Cultural Immersion, Godly Love, and Living Surrendered from a Black American Missionary in Africa

The Absence of Excess: Stories on Cultural Immersion, Godly Love, and Living Surrendered from a Black American Missionary in Africa

by Natasha T. Brown, Alex Mekonnen

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Far away from fast food chains and Starbucks coffee, with no access to Amazon Prime and 24-hour fitness centers, experience life set in a simple, yet beautiful village in Tanzania, East Africa. In The Absence of Excess, Natasha T. Brown takes us on a spiritual journey where the heart of God is revealed in the simple truths of this rich African culture and its powerful and authentic Christian tradition.

Through the stories, people, and spiritual lessons, you will be forced to confront your own ideas of God, simplicity, prosperity, love, and surrender. Regardless of your faith background, The Absence of Excess will warm your heart and inspire your soul through stories of hope, love, friendships, and simplicity.

Could you survive without your everyday luxuries?

Could you live in a remote African village for six months?

What happens when Western world excess meets Eastern world simplicity?

Confront these realities and more in The Absence of Excess, a book that is sure to leave a deep impression on your soul for many years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953535009
Publisher: ELOHAI International Publishing & Media
Publication date: 09/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 710 KB

About the Author

Natasha T. Brown, M.Div., M.S. is a best-selling author, publisher, Bible teacher, and missionary. She is a sought-after communications consultant and book coach, with a niche for connecting brands to markets through innovative storytelling. Through ministry, entrepreneurship, and as a publisher, Natasha's mission is to build the kingdom of God by empowering storytellers and sharing the love of Christ. She is the CEO of ELOHAI International Publishing&Media, Founder of 10 Blessings Inspiration, a non-profit organization that advocates for domestic violence survivors, and the creator of the We Who Dwell faith community. Visit to learn more.

Table of Contents



Foreword by Dr. Alex Mekonnen

Part 1: Cultural Adjustments

Introduction: A Simple Embrace

Chapter 1: Pack light.

Chapter 2: Anxiety, Adjustments, and Creature Distractions

Chapter 3: Unexpected Knocks

Chapter 4: Living off the Land

Chapter 5: Bride Prices

Chapter 6: Single, Female, African-American Missionary

Chapter 7: God Filling for Spiritual Warfare

Part 2: Cultural Immersion 

Chapter 8: Slow Cooking

Chapter 9: Holy Spirit University and Class Notes

Chapter 10: Holy Spirit, Come

Chapter 11: Spontaneous Surrender

Part 3: Cultural Appreciation

Chapter 12: Faithful Outreach and Evangelism

Chapter 13: Industrious Entrepreneurs and the Tanzanian Economy

Chapter 14: Leave and Cleave

Chapter 15: Baby Blessings

Chapter 16: They Shall Be Comforted

Part 4: Cultural Spiritual Transformation

Chapter 17: The West DOES NOT Saves the Rest

Chapter 18: Life Givers (Prayer, Knowledge, Burdens, Feasts, and Friends)

Chapter 19: Cultural Spiritual Transformation

               Lessons to Reconsider

    Discussion Questions




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