Unexpected Journeys: My Search for Adventure, Love & Redemption on the Other Side of the World

Unexpected Journeys: My Search for Adventure, Love & Redemption on the Other Side of the World

by Paul Perkins


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Unexpected Journeys: My Search for Adventure, Love & Redemption on the Other Side of the World by Paul Perkins

When 28-year-old Paul Perkins, a recent law school grad and White House staffer, leaves his hectic life and travels to the other side of the world, he expects the adventure of a lifetime. Not a head-on collision with his pain-littered past.
But with each new adventure, he’s confronted by dark memories and questions of faith—while surfing Bali’s legendary waves, and driving a motor scooter along Thailand’s breathtaking coastline; during a guilt-ridden encounter in a red-light district, and an anguished reunion with his older brother; while teaching a class of veiled girls, and preaching before a crowd of India’s poorest widows; through friendship with unlikely locals and fellow travelers, and the thrill and confusion of romance.
Along Paul’s epic journey, he learns to loosen his white-knuckled grip on life as God confounds his expectations, heals his shame, and reveals that redemption is always possible—even when least expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629116990
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Perkins is an attorney and former White House staffer. His writing has been featured at The Huffington Post, Boundless, and RELEVANT. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their daughter.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 10

Part 1 Indonesia

1 Time of My Life 15

2 Moonwalking Across Java 26

3 Monsoon Nearing 38

4 Surfing in Bali 49

5 Waiting at the Bar 76

Part 2 Thailand

6 Memories with My Brother 95

7 Alone in Paradise 117

8 Before I Looked Away 134

9 One Pedal at a Time 151

10 Darkness All Around 163

Part 3 India

11 Welcome to India 179

12 Preaching to Myself 193

13 Wandering Through Kerala 206

14 Together at Last 218

Part 4 United States

15 Attempt Life 235

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 254

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Unexpected Journeys: My Search for Adventure, Love & Redemption on the Other Side of the World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Journeys is a very inspirational true life adventure of the author, Paul Perkins. We all go through some tough times in life but I'm not sure I would be as brutality honest as the author. The emotions that he has gone throughout his childhood and adulthood made him into the man he is today. God had a plan for him and you go through it with him feeling the pain, heartache, and ultimately faith in God. I recieved this book from the BookClub Network for an honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Journeys, by Paul Perkins, talks about his time of reflection while traveling Asia. While on the trip he also discovered things about himself and the world around him. This is an exciting book that many readers will enjoy, as well as I did. Especially those that like to read how God reveals Himself in everyday, or not so everyday, experiences. I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Journeys by attorney Paul Perkins is a poignant account of his trip to Indonesia, Thailand, and India. As a 28-year-old and recent law school graduate and White House staffer, he planned this getaway adventure as a welcome break from all of the pressures of school and a stressful schedule. He does have a wonderful adventure; yet, what he encounters are times of loneliness, painful dark memories surfacing, struggles with his faith and God, and a temporary, life-altering personal disappointment. His adventure brings much that he did not expect and changes him and his life for the better. A very interesting story in itself, its message of healing, hope, and God’s best for one’s life shine through. I recommend this insightful book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Journeys by Paul Perkins is a memoir of the author's search for a peace of mind and heart that ultimately he realizes can only come from God. With honesty, humility and a touch of humor, Perkins takes the reader with him on a 3-month journey through Asia. A journey during which he would take risks and test the boundaries that had been set on him in life. Amidst the beauty of the lands he visited, he encountered his past and began to learn to embrace it instead of being defined by it. Loneliness has stalked him for years; he was familiar with rejection, abuse, and ridicule. In questioning where was God through all of the pain of the past, he realized God was there in the midst creating His story for Paul's life. The book is a great reminder that as God's children we can trust Him with our futures knowing he will make beauty from ashes. Can we fix our eyes on a distant dream only to miss the adventures around us? As intended by the author, the book is about redemption, restoration of relationships, and drawing others to wholeness and joy. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Journeys is a Christian inspirational book of the Paul Perkin’s (the author) life. The book takes you on a journey with Paul through the countries of Indonesia, Thailand, India, and finally back home again in the United States. The author shares his actions, thoughts, and feelings with his reader capturing your attention and keeping it throughout the book. His thoughts back to childhood and how they helped to mold him made the book interesting and causing the reader to feel the emotions that he experienced during his childhood and adulthood.. Also, the way the book was written was life like in describing the sceneries and cultures of the countries with nothing left hidden. I enjoyed how honest Paul was with his readers and when the ending had a surprise that I didn’t expect, I said, “No, way!” and really felt badly for him. Each of us has our own unexpected journeys or testimonies to share with others. . I am glad that Paul Perkins had the courage and was willing to take the time to share his story as an encouragement to Christians. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.