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Book Review: When God Says Go by Lorry Lutz

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Published by Discovery House Publishers 2002/240 pages/Non-Fiction, Biography, Missionary





Eliza Davis George was the daughter of slaves, born in Texas where segregation was controlled by Jim Crow laws. Eliza grew up in a large family that loved the Lord. Eliza had felt from a young age that God had a plan for her life. She graduated from high school and attended college during a time when many white people did not have a higher level of education. When Eliza wanted to share the Gospel with Africa, their were several white men from the Baptist Convention that did not believe in her. But, a Reverend James Kelly did believe in her, and eventually Eliza was able to sail from America to Liberia, Africa. In those early years Eliza learned much about the country of Liberia, its people, history, and culture. Eliza worked tirelessly to provide clothing and food for the children, whom she felt was her ministry. She lived among them in the type of housing they lived in, eating the food they ate. She endured pestilence, famine, diseases, warring tribes, neglect and slavery of female children, and monsoon rains and mud. When financial support from America ended, she trusted in God to provide, and she never gave up!


I love to read biographies about Missionaries. I've only read a few, but hope to continue to read more.
What stands out to me the most is their ultimate commitment in the Lord and their complete trust and faith in Him to provide. I live a cushy life in America. Even though I must watch how I spend money, and have little money for extras. I am still able to take a shower everyday, eat a meal 3 times a day, have gasoline in my car,  I can go to the doctor or hospital as needed, and many other comforts all that I would not like to live without. A missionary though lays it all on the line. Missionaries are given a stipend but they do not become wealthy agents, instead they are God's agents to proclaim the Gospel.
Eliza gave it all away for the sake of Jesus. She had to go, she had to go and tell these people in Liberia about Jesus. Her focus was on the children so that as they grew up they would continue to grow in the Lord, then when they were adults they would be agents or messengers in telling others about Jesus.
What stood out to me the most is Eliza would not take no for an answer, Jesus was her ultimate authority. She did not look to the right or the left, but stayed focused on Jesus and following Him.
I enjoyed reading her life story. I felt the author gave a full perspective to us of Eliza Davis George. Her childhood is examined, as well as the years waiting to be able to go to Africa, her indecisiveness about marrying Mr. George, the love she had for the children, the singular focus of her mission to the children of Liberia, and in teaching and instilling in them a love for and dedication for the Lord and His mission for them.
I was a little unclear about her punishment to the children. The book mentioned her husband was more harsh. I assume that Eliza was strict with the children and expected obedience.
The dynamics of the marriage between Eliza and her husband are brief, and that was okay for me, if too much information about them had been given I believe it would have steered the book away from the main objective, that being Eliza's complete love for and obedience to God's calling.

Thank you to Discovery House Publishers for my free review copy. 




Blissful Reading!
Annette

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