Book Monday: True Grit by Deborah Meroff

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Book Monday
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Webster’s Dictionary defines grit as “:firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger”.

In this collection of the inspiring true adventures of  nine “ordinary” women, married and single, who are making a difference in such places as Tajikistan, India, Egypt, and Lebanon. We hear about Kathryn, a deaf American who built a ministry to the deaf in Israel; Tammy, who set up businesses in Nepal to help abused women and had to overcome difficulties such as the loss of her visa and former employees setting up a rival business; Pam, who lived and worked in war-racked Tajikistan, a country completely alien and unknown to Westerners; and Cindy, who ended up returning as a missionary to Vietnam after escaping from there as a teenager.

The book also contains facts and statistics about the global abuse of women, like child labour, domestic violence, female infanticide, etc, to emphasize the need for both men and women to stand up and take on the issues that break God’s heart and take our part in carrying on Jesus’ call and promise “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

But more than just laying down the facts, the book shares seven ways to sharpen our world vision and take the first steps towards “taking on the world, for God’s sake”.

1. Ask God to remove any “blind spots” you may have developed. Pray that he will open the eyes of your heart, so that you can see the world as He does.

2. Develop your awareness. Form a habit of jotting down world news items from the newspaper, radio or TV (add the internet too – ed.) and use them as springboard for intercessory prayer.

3. Install the Acts 20:20 vision: “I have taught you publicly and from house to house”. Cultivate a friendship with a neighbor, perhaps someone from a different country. You may be surprised at how warmly you are received if you approach others as a learner, genuinely interested in understanding their culture.

4. Stretch your mind and heart. Reach into unknown horizons through articles, books and TV documentaries. Use prayer guides like Operation World. Make a goal of remembering something new each time.

5. Take an active interest in the mission work your church supports. Get to know the missionaries by reading and praying over their updates. Invite them to your home if you get a chance.

6. Invest some of your hard-earned money in an overseas project. A sure way of focusing your interest!

7. Consider participating in a mission project during one of your holidays. Mission agencies offer a wide variety of fascinating opportunities throughout the year.


About the author

Deborah Meroff has traveled to over 80 countries in the last 18 years in her role of journalistat- large for the Christian mission organization, Operation Mobilization. She has had several books and dozens of articles published. Meroff is also a columnist of Woman Alive magazine.

True Grit is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide for only P195. Click here to find out where our bookshops are located.

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