Yes, it’s part 2 of this month’s books reviews. And today, we are going to look at book one of the series( by the way, the series is called Altered Hearts, which sums the purpose of the series quite nicely).
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About this book
Spoiled eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger arrives late to orientation for a mission trip to Mexico—she carelessly missed her flight—only to learn the project has changed. Construction in a remote village without plumbing and electricity rather than evangelism in a medium-sized town with numerous souvenir and fast food places. Kim’s negative overreaction to the change angers the project leaders and her teammates and immediately makes her the least popular team member. She’s determined to do better, though. And to be obedient to God. When Kim breaks her arm, she feels useless. She wants to do evangelism, but the team didn’t bring a translator and the villagers don’t speak any English. Kim knows nada Spanish, and her “dual-language Bible” turns out to be Spanish-only. Kim undertakes two one-handed projects. The first is her own idea. The second is God’s, though, and it sounds crazy. Crazier than crazy. But will it touch the villagers’ hearts with the Gospel? How can she even find out?
What I loved:
I really enjoyed the fact that Kimberly was at first really spoilt, so when she went to Mexico, that contrast was really evident for me, making me feel as a reader seriously appreciate what I have.
I also loved that almost every character in the book goes on a journey and they, the mission team and the Mexicans, all change by influencing each other, despite the linguistic barriers.
And the way the themes were all twisted together was amazing, and I took a lot away from reading the book.
Age Recommendation: 12+
This was a completely clean read, but I think because of the reading standard that it should be 12+. Of course, if you are younger and very good at reading, go ahead and read it. But there is a slight level of maturity, like with most YA books, that you ought to be aware of, whether it’s a comedy or tragedy.
Why I recommend this book:
As a girl who want do to do missions herself, I was so inspired by Kim’s change of attitude and her willingness to not only listen to God, but to obey Him as well which made a huge impact on the people around her. And this book, and series actually, just shows that people can change, and your actions can have very positive effects.
Where to Buy this book:
It’s on Amazon as a kindle and ebook. If you are British, here’s the Link to the Paperback version
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