Reckless Faith – An Adoption Book Review

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From the Cover of Reckless Faith: Let Go and Be Led by Beth Guckenberger:

“The stories in the chapters that follow aren’t chronological. They’re not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I’m not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I’ve mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again I’ve been led to trust God, with my little mustard seed of faith, to see how he not only shows up in our circumstance—but he shows off! It’s not because he needs to prove himself; rather, he is demonstrating to society—the orphans that I serve—that he will be their Father and Protector and Provider.”

Beth and Todd Guckenberger established a ministry that help orphans—the most defenseless members of society. And while the stories here are drawn from those experiences, this book isn’t a memoir.

It’s about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when he’s needed. Beth calls it a reckless faith—a willingness to trust even when you don’t understand. And her book—an inspiring collection of true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges, chose to trust God—is a call to live with Reckless Faith.

Grade:

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster or adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

Between biological, adopted, and foster children, Beth and her husband were raising nine children at the time this book was published. I saw a video of Beth speaking while I was attending a Created for Care Mini-Retreat for foster and adoptive moms, and this book was given to the attendees as a gift from a sponsor. While Reckless Faith is not directly about foster care or adoption, Beth tells stories of foster care, adoption, and caring for orphans throughout the book.

The stories contained in Reckless Faith are inspiring and full of hope. I recommend this book to Christian foster or adoptive parents who need some encouragement in their faith while on this journey. I have to say, if you don’t want to be challenged to trust God more or grow in your faith, do not read this book! Beth’s faith is contagious and will inspire you to take bold steps in your own faith. It was shortly after reading this book that Darren and I decided that it was time for him to quit his job and for us to focus full time on building Transfiguring Adoption.

I found Beth to be a very down-to-earth, engaging speaker and writer with whom readers or listeners can relate. Friends have said that Beth’s children’s books are well loved by their kids as well. I look forward to reading her other books and hopefully hearing her speak again as well.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Which story impacted you the most? Why?
  2. Were you moved to take any of your own big steps of faith after reading Beth’s stories?

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