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Christian Book club review
on 28 November 2009
This book was chosen as book of the month for a Christian Book Club. Brother Andrew is well known in Christian circles, for chosen vocation of taking Bibles behind the Iron Curtain to Christians to people who do not have the opportunity to buy one of their own or who cannot afford to buy one. As such it is a fairly standard first person biography, beginning with the early life of Brother Andrew and what brought him to this point plus a very brief overview of the early years of the mission.
The early part of the book is the most interesting - particularly the effect of military service and disability on his character, and how this shaped the future choices he made in his life. Unfortunately, probably because of the fact that many of the people described in the book are still alive, the journeys and the people he met with are very scantily described. I am sure that Brother Andrew and his colleagues must have had many exciting and amusing events occur at the border crossings and were at times in far greater danger than was described. The stories of the visits to various cities / churches in Communist countries are so short that there is little sense of the risks that both Brother Andrew and the Christians he visited must have been in, or the sense of joy that it must have given to the many people who received the gifts of bibles.
This is a very easy to read introduction to the work of Brother Andrew, but I think a more insightful book is waiting to be written, probably a couple of decades in the future, where is it possible to write more truthfully about the journeys and people that they encountered on the way.