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Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel by [Minter, Kelly]
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This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs—experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God’s presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.
For anyone feeling complacent in their American Christianity, Kelly’s story of the forgotten people of the Amazon and how they transformed her understanding of the gospel, is sure to inspire.
Kelly Minter is an acclaimed author, Bible teacher, and musician. Her bestselling Bible studies include Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break and Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy, and her books Water into Wine, No Other Gods, and The Fitting Room. She speaks to women around the world and partners with Justice and Mercy Amazon, an organization that serves in the Amazon jungle. Kelly lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3447 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (Aug. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I65457A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonder and amazement, simple living, deepened faith. Kelly Minter talks of her life and calling among a forgotten people. I reviewed this book on behalf of FlyBy Promotions.

It was my pleasure and delight to read through Minter's book "wherever the river runs". It is a story of faith and life and hope and a people needing God and seeing God in action. Just a lovely book to read. :)

Lines like "No one has ever seen me before. God sent you to see me." speak to God in action despite who we are or where we are or the circumstances of our life. Living on a flooding Amazon river and God sent Kelly to see a boy who needed to be seen. A boy who needed to know that the creator God knew he existed and that it mattered.

Stories like that just fill me with amazement at how God works.
We plan our lives.
We know what we want to do.
And behind it all is God at work.
This just reinforces to me that my life has NOTHING to do with has EVERYTHING to do with God.
This book shows God in action as Minter is transformed through her journey and work in the Amazon.

This is a book about a call to change, a call to action, a call to let God lead us on and to remember that it's about him. Not about how we change or act... though that does matter, it's a call to see God in action and to want to be part of that action in the way God would have us be. :)
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Loved the book. Most interesting to see how people from the Amazon live.
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HASH(0xa5fbb9cc) out of 5 stars My favorite book of thi year Aug. 13 2014
By Leigh - Published on
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I just finished reading Wherever the River Runs. While there are still a few months left in 2014 this book will undoubtedly be at the top of the "best books I read this year list" come Dec.31, regardless of what I read between now and then.

There are many layers to this book. On the surface, a story about the Amazon and it's people. Kelly does a great job of describing the river's majesty and beauty and danger. Likewise she vividly captures the people, their struggles their joys and their depth. This layer alone is worth the read.

But it's the deeper layers that will resonate, I think. Stepping out of one's comfort zone, both physical and mental, seeing the needs around us, discovering the real meaning of worship, and desiring to see and love people, all people, as God does.

Some who read Wherever the River Runs will want to immediately get on a plane fly to Brazil and begin ministering to the Amazon people, and that's great. But Kelly never encourages that. Rather, she encourages the reader and herself to look with new eyes at the people around us, right where we are, especially the poor, the lonely, the marginalized and to really see them and look for ways to come along side with the great good news of the Gospel.

Highly recommend!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5054378) out of 5 stars An honest account that impacted me personally July 26 2014
By travelingstacey - Published on
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To be honest, when I saw the opportunity to read this book I hesitated. I often think I'm fueled by getting lost in a piece of fiction...nonfiction doesn't always let me escape like I sometimes feel I "need" to do. I'm so glad that God kept nudging me to request being a part of reading this and telling all of you about it.

I had heard of Kelly Minter and some of her Bible studies, but I had no knowledge of her mission trips to Brazil, traveling along the Amazon River. In a very personal and honest way, Minter tells of the struggles and joys of how God took her out of her comfort zone and led her to a people living a world away. God used these yearly trips to change her, challenge her, and through her openness she gave me a challenge. My heart and mind were awakened to God's calling on all our lives: to live out the Gospel wherever He has planted us.

One part in the book that particularly spoke to me was after Kelly and her friend, April, returned to the states after an Amazon trip and encountered those in need in their own neighborhood. My heart perked up when I read this....because if I'm honest, deep down I have felt the very same way.
"When it came to being a friend to the poor in my community, I was afraid of the same thing April was. I was happy to minister overseas because there's this measure of novelty while you're there and a safe distance when you're gone. But befriending the sick, suffering, and spiritually needy in my daily environment is neither novel nor safe. It's just hard. Essentially, I wanted to help people but only if I didn't have to get all tangled up in ongoing relationship. I didn't want people close to home needing me, calling me. And it wasn't just what I was afraid to do; it was what I was afraid to give up. It can be painful relinquishing a few precious comforts while making time to serve." (pg 98)

"Wherever the River Runs" is a phenomenal account of a time in Minter's life that has impacted me and I'm sure will impact you.

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5175c0c) out of 5 stars Amazon Trip to Find God July 30 2014
By Conny - Published on
Format: Paperback
Title: Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel
Author: Kelly Minter
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 978-1-4347-0735-2

“That first day on the river I didn’t understand what I was getting into, how God was about to rearrange my priorities, break my heart, push against the thin lining of my faith, whet my tongue for a joy I’d never tasted, and open wide my eyes to the poor. I knew I was on the brink of an adventure of a lifetime, but I had no idea just how far the river would take me,” Kelly Minter writes her book, "Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel."

This two hundred and fifty-six page paperback targets those interested in a biography of finding God in an unpredictable place as one goes through life’s journey. With no profanity, sex, or violence, the topic of the poor, jungle life, and eternal salvation would be appropriate for mature readers. Using mainly the New International Version of the Bible, also the Amplified, NKJV, and NLT are referenced.

Author Kelly Minter has led an interesting but sheltered life being in the Christian ministry spot-light of the music, speaking, and writing industries. However, nothing changed her more emotionally and spiritually when she went on her first of seven voyages to Brazil’s Amazon.

Within seventeen chapters, the author captures how her heart was stirred, her senses seasoned, her love for others challenged, and her attitude altered by visiting the forgotten ribeirinhos (river people).

Kelly always thought she understood the Bible and its message of helping the poor, yet she came to an abrupt awakening when she traveled to small, struggling communities that were suffering from yearly flooding and miraculously living off the land.

In addition to dealing with manioc plants, stingrays, bats, and sleeping in hammocks, Minter met natives along with pastors and their wives who value stillness and waiting on the Lord while the beauty and harshness of nature envelope them.

Learning about her pride, selfishness, and unbelief as she met the poor, she grasped God sees and does not forget those in need; He has compassion and purpose. Shedding her insecurities, Minter refocused her priorities as she blended her “normal” life in the States with overseas trips to help the needy.

Written with a deep love and sarcastic wit, this book may change readers’ lives that are looking for that something special to be closer to God by helping others.

Thanks to David C Cook for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa515866c) out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! Aug. 15 2014
By steph1 - Published on
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I enjoyed this book from start to finish. This book is so much more than I thought it would be. I was expecting cool stories about a trip to the Amazon. The end. Instead, I was caught up in the wonders of what God is up to in a place I didn't know much about prior to reading this book. By the end, I felt like I knew the people she wrote about and couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened! While I enjoyed hearing about her adventures, I was most impacted by Kelly's honesty about the work God was doing in her heart: stripping her of pride, selfishness and many other things that keep all of us from seeing Him more clearly. I have so much respect for her and her bravery to bare her soul and share things that I struggle with deep down but probably wouldn't have the guts to say out loud. This book has given me much to pray about, and I'm thankful I got a chance to read this book. It is well written, easy to read, and I thoroughly appreciated her sense of humor :o). Look forward to reading the next book---keep 'em coming Ms. Minter!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa502f75c) out of 5 stars Rollin' Down the River Aug. 15 2014
By Pooke - Published on
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This book contains fascinating true accounts of Kelly Minter's experiences on trips she made to South America. Little did this Nashville author know that when she signed with a Christian record label, she set in motion events that would ultimately lead her to the Brazilian Rain Forest. The head of the record label had a heart for the native people, sometimes called the forgotten people, who lived by the Amazon River. He encouraged the artists to go with him to see for themselves, and to lend a helping hand.

Kelly found the rain forest was hot, humid, and uncomfortable. The people were poor, living in desperate conditions. However, the Amazon River itself was so spectacularly beautiful that it was awe-inspiring. It was also filled with deadly creatures such as piranhas, caimans and anacondas. Kelly, along with the group she came with, would travel down that river on a boat called the Discovery. It would take her to places that would change her life.

She met many of the local people, and saw first-hand the challenges they faced, and their struggles. Often the pastors in the jungle were some of the poorest people. Many had just one set of clothing. Some had no place to live so took refuge in the church if they were lucky enough to have a building. If not, they made do with a hammock strung between the jungle trees. Yet these ministers were happy to do God's work, and joyfully talked about their lives.

After her experience in the Amazon, Ms. Minter's return to Nashville made her view everything with new eyes. Not just the obvious excesses that many Americans are blessed with, but the simplicity of faith the jungle people have. Her trip changed how the author lived, and worked among those around her in this country. She stepped out of her comfort zone to do things she might not have done before. She also wanted to return to the jungle again, which she did.

Ms. Minter's writing makes you feel like you are in the canoe with her as it makes its way down the Amazon, or inside one of the hot, humid dwellings along the river. Her words clearly give the reader the sights, smells and tastes of her travels. Not everyone will get the chance to go to the Brazilian rain forest or have the adventure of floating down the Amazon, but with this book, you will get the next best thing. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes true stories, is interested in foreign lands, or just enjoys good writing.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, it has not influenced my judgment.