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As a home school family, books play a huge part in our daily lives. We read a lot! There are so many good books out there, but last spring we read a book that stands out in my mind as more impacting than most. Then, just last week, a close friend was telling me about reading the same book, and it made a similar impression on her. So I’d like to share God’s Smuggler with you today.
by Brother Andrew
From the back cover:
A true-life thriller that will leave you breathless!
As a boy Brother Andrew dreamed of being an undercover spy working behind enemy lines. As a man he found himself working undercover for God. His was a mission filled with danger, financed by faith and supported by miracles.
In this expanded edition, Brother Andrew’s electrifying real-life story of smuggling Bibles into the most dangerous places on earth will grip readers all over again and inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith. Plus, a brand-new interview with Brother Andrew reveals behind-the-scenes information and fascinating insights into current events that are riveting the world.
Sixty years after his first perilous trip, Brother Andrew’s legacy continues, making him one of the all-time heroes of the faith. This harrowing account of his narrow escapes and amazing adventures will bring you to the edge of your seat–and to a bold new level of faith.
Now includes photos and a new epilogue from Brother Andrew on 60 years of ministry!
Brother Andrew began taking Bibles to Christians behind closed borders in 1955. His ministry, which continues today, is known as Open Doors International. He is the author of numerous books and makes his home in the Netherlands.
“Brother Andrew” was a familiar name to me before reading God’s Smuggler, but I only knew that he had taken Bibles into countries that banned them. I really didn’t know anything more about the man, his life, or his ministry. God’s Smuggler was included in our curriculum for my sixth and eighth graders, so we read it.
More than just an autobiography, God’s Smuggler is a testimony to the power of prayer and the work of God in our lives. Brother Andrew shares times when God provided for needs, blinded seeing eyes, and worked through him to minister to Christians behind the Iron Curtain.
Perhaps the most challenging part was the question raised repeatedly in my mind: “Do I have that kind of faith?” Brother Andrew trusted the Lord through a variety of challenging situations. We don’t usually have to face the circumstances that he did (and still does), but we each have our own challenges confronting us. Unexpected job loss creates financial stress – do we trust God to provide? The car dies – do we buy a new one on credit, or do we trust God to provide, because we don’t have the cash to purchase even a used one?
If you have not yet read God’s Smuggler, I encourage you to do so. His testimony will encourage you. If your life is built on the rock (see Matthew 7:24-27), you can trust that your foundation is secure. He will provide, just as He cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the fields (Matthew 6:25-33).