Adventures in Saying Yes: A Journey from Faith to Fear by Carl Medearis (with Chris Meadearis) is a book about the experiences of an American Christian missionary family living in Beirut, Lebanon, in the ’90s and ’00s. I really loved reading this amalgamation of stories. I had not read many stories about missions in the Middle East, so I found this to be very interesting and entertaining. Medearis is a great storyteller, and he is able to find humor in his experiences – even situations that are quite serious. The book is well crafted, showing how an American family adapted to life in Lebanon; for example, the Medearis family suddenly had to learn how to prepare their food in entirely different ways.
When Medearis says “yes,” he is talking about saying yes to God, or being obedient. The book calls the readers to action, asking them to say yes to God. This can be done in a lot of different ways – not everyone will go overseas as a missionary – but asking yourself if you are “saying yes” to God is a good thing to think about it. All in all, this book was great: I had some laughs, felt like I got to know a family through their personal stories, and read some material that challenged me.
I received a review copy from Bethany House Publishers. The book is availabe here on Amazon.