Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Review: Found in Translation

Note: Thanks to Mom for posting my review for me while I serve onboard the Logos Hope in Malaysia!

Found in Translation by Roger Bruner with Kristi Rae Bruner is a teen novel about Kim Hartlinger, a spoiled  eighteen-year-old who is going on a mission trip to Mexico where God transforms her to be more like Him. This novel was interesting to read, especially considering the fact that while I was reading it, I was preparing for my first short term mission trip! (Plus I am 18 and recently graduated from Kim :).)

In my opinion, the characters in this book make very sudden changes in the way they behave...yes, there are reasons but it still seems way more immediate than it would be in real life.

The interaction between Kim and her newfound friend Aleesha is cute and fun to read. I like that the author(s) didn’t paint either a rosy or depressing picture of missions. They showed that there are joys and challenges. It’s hard work but it’s so worth it. And God can use you in ways you may never have imagined. This book illustrates the need to be flexible, obedient, forgiving, and to trust in God. To be willing (and want to) do things His way and not stubbornly cling to what we think is best. Even though this is fiction, it was great to see how much could be accomplished, by the grace of God, when a group of Christians worked together as a unified team.

I think that the ending is awesome!

~I received this book free from Team Novel Teen and Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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  1. Alyssa, I agree with you about the realistic way the author portrayed mission trips - one of the many things I liked about the book. :)

    I love your blog background by the way!

  2. Alyssa (and mom),
    Thanks so much for posting this review while you are on a mission trip of your own! That's dedication. I really appreciate that about you!

    I loves what you said about how the book illustrates the need to be flexible, obedient, forgiving, and to trust in God. I agree with you about that. I bet you are experiencing some moments like that on your trip as well. I'm sure you'll return with a host of your own stories to tell. Praying for you and your trip!


  3. Sounds like a good book, Alyssa! Might have to check into it myself.

  4. Great review! And thanks, Mom, for posting it! :-D Hope your time in Malaysia is profitable, Alyssa. How wonderful!

  5. Thoughtful review!! How's your mission trip going?! :-)