This book was such an enjoyable read for me. Beth Guckenberger writes about experiences and people that have challenged her and shaped in her a “reckless faith.” This book was challenging, inspiring, touching, and heartfelt. Each chapter was a story about Beth’s life and ministry in Monterrey, Mexico where she and her husband established Back2Back Ministries.
If you are looking for a page turner filled with stories that will inspire you to step out in faith, this book will do just that. If you have a heart for orphans and want to be encouraged by the work God is doing for orphans in Mexico, this book will inspire you and challenge you.
So what is a reckless faith? A reckless faith “requires a letting go of our vision, our plans, our idea of what’s good, big, best. A reckless faith trusts when God leads us down an unknown or lesser desired path…It trusts that this change, though difficult, is right because God sees farther down the path than we do…It’s putting God’s voice on the highest volume in our heads–and then letting go and being led” p. 207. I love that description of putting God’s voice on the highest volume in our heads…and most importantly, listening to it…even when it’s not what our vision might be.
Not all of the stories Beth tells have a happy ending or even an ending at all…yet. At the end of one story, she states, “Sometimes reckless faith requires no further action. You just have to hold on to the limb you’ve been led out on and trust that it doesn’t break.” p. 77
She also talks about the staggering number of orphans in the world and that how sometimes focusing on the numbers can stun us into inactivity, but making a difference in the life of just one child is what we can focus on. “When I simply ask myself how I can make a deposit in the life of one child today, I feel creative, alive, and swept up into the movement of the Creator who is pursuing with a holy passion ‘the least of these.'” p. 63
She talks about trusting and having faith in God’s plan, even when we may be faced with what seem like hopeless circumstances. “Faith and hope are back to back in the heart of a reckless believer. We hope that the One we have faith in has a plan. And we have faith that that plan will bring us eternal-and earthly-hope.” p. 86
I was so encouraged by the stories Beth had to tell of the work God is doing in the lives of orphans in Mexico, but most of all I was challenged to have more faith of my own living out my day to day life.