Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review: Out of A Far Country by Christopher and Angela Yuan

Out of A Far Country,  by Christopher and Angela Yuan, is a captivating testimony.  The mother-son team wrote this book each from his/her own perspective.  Chapter one begins with Angela recounting the beginning of the end of life as they knew it.  Christopher picks up in chapter 2 with his own story.  They alternate throughout the book. 

Angela is struggling privately with her own issues when Christopher tells the family that he is gay.  Angela decides to end her life but through a series of circumstances finds herself drawn to Christ.  Instead of ending her life, she finds new life.

Christopher's life spirals downward.  He embraces the gay lifestyle and is supported by a community of homosexual friends.  He started out in dental school with a promising future, but was expelled because he neglected his studies due to his party lifestyle.  He turned to selling drugs to have an income.  Being a drug dealer would actually later be part of the answer to his mother's fervent prayers for him. 

I think the alternating views weaved the story together very well.  Also, I felt Christopher did a good job of describing the lifestyle he was living.  I was able to understand his thoughts, feelings, and motives without him being too graphic with details.

I didn't know much about the gay community before reading this book.  The insight into that sin struggle were helpful for me as someone who wants to be compassionate, yet biblical.

You can click on the link below to read an excerpt from chapter one.  You can also visit Christopher's website here.
Chapter One Excerpt

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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