Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review:Coffee, Tea and Holy Water

Coffee, Tea, and Holy Water
One Woman'sJourney  to Experience Christianity Around the Globe
Amanda Hudson
Abingdon Press
Abingdon Press

Pub Date   Mar 3 2015

I was given the opportunity to read a review copy of Coffee, Tea and Holy Water through Netgalley in exchange I am given my honest review...

From a young age Amanda posed this question to herself if Christianity is such an integral part of our culture what does it look like in other Cultures?  But instead of just wondering as Amanda grew up she decided to seek out the answers.  She startedcthis journey by going to places different from the south but places where Christians live she decided to start by traveling to these five Countries Wales (UK), Brazil, China, Honduras and Tanzania.

The author reminds us that where in Brazil they may worship a block of wood as an idol in America we arrange our lives around other stuff that can quickly become an idol.  Observing a church service she sees how serious those who believe take their worship.Traveling to Wales she discovers that Wales has the lowest church attendance in all the UK.

In Tanzania Amanda sees the effects of mass poverty, starvation, malnutrion and death.  Attending a service in Tanzania she learns the devotion of the believers here they talk for hours in oppressive heat even in dust storms to get to church.

Soon Amanda finds herself traveling to China she learns that despite the fact that China is a largely atheistic country Christianity is growing despite the sanctions limiting the number of people who can attend the various home churches.

The last stop on Amanda Hudson's journey is Honduras where she learns of the struggles of Christians there.  Despite the poverty and sickness there she sees how they pull together to help one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed this look at Christianity around the world and would gladly recommend it to others.

Five out of five stars

Happy Reading

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