Book Review on God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Book Review: God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew,
and John & Elizabeth Sherrill
Genre: Christian non-fiction, biographical
Review by D.I. Telbat
My Rating: 5 stars
Spiritual Benefit: 5 stars
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I don’t often say that something has changed my life, but the non-fiction book God’s Smuggler—has changed my life. The man called Brother Andrew (his name was changed for safety) who lived in Holland before and during the Iron Curtain years, impacted Europe with his faithfulness like no other person I am aware of.
John and Elizabeth Sherrill’s dedication to this carefully written and inspiring story touched my own faith-nerve—to live more by faith from day to day. Brother Andrew’s openness to sacrifice and prayer were just two topics exemplified in this true thriller of a smuggler’s life. Brother Andrew approached each day willing to be led by God regardless of the circumstances. He learned to live in God’s arms, and we can learn from him.
When we think of Bible smugglers, we generally think of covert action. I’ve discovered recently that the most fervent Bible smugglers aren’t smuggling at all. Their luggage is overflowing and obvious as they drive or walk through customs. God does the smuggling; we’re just the feet for His Word.
“The more devoted a Christian, the more likely he was to stay put.” Brother Andrew said this about the people he met behind the Iron Curtain who could have escaped Communism, but chose to stay in their communities. They placed their service for God over their own lives, even though they were in danger for holding prayer and church services. This challenged me in my own life. God is in control. (Romans 8:28)
Brother Andrew’s zeal to preach Christ and His Word above all else led him to make a statement that has convicted me about the way I sometimes write and speak to others. He said when we have more to say about certain evils than we have to say about the goodness of Christ, then we are ill equipped for faithful service.
If you have a heart for missions, God’s Smuggler is a must-read. I regret not having read this book about Brother Andrew sooner, but having read it now, I won’t ignore its powerful message and example.
I highly recommend God’s Smuggler and wish I could give it more than a 5-star rating.
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