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Book Review: JC and Me: A Relationship, A Journey by Mark Koehler

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JC and Me: A Relationship. A Journey is recounting of Mark Koehler's life beginning with his salvation experience through to his present day missionary work for Mission Ukraine Children's Hope (MUCH), a charitable organization founded to provide hope to Ukraine’s disadvantaged children.

Parts of the book are testimonial, though in a very interactive and engaging way. His story is retold using illustrations and anecdotes bringing the testimony to that resembling more of a memoir. He lists many of the mistaken ideas he had to put away about the Christian life, especially the concept of 'being' rather than 'doing.'

Parts of the book are instructional. As a missionary, all avenues of his life are focused on "knowing Him [Jesus] and making Him [Jesus] known." This becomes quite clear as you read the chapters. Many of the basic principles of Christianity are offered and examined with an ease that only one with experience can do, making this a very good book for the new Christian.

Parts of the book are interactive. Each chapter ends with a more focused section named the same as the book, "JC and Me." Following each chapter is a list of questions for personal reflection. These questions would work well in a bible study group or small cell group. The writing is conversational and at times brutally honest, reminding me somewhat of Brennan Manning’s work.

Throughout the book, you discover the author's deep need to know God, not just know about Him — to those who identify with this, it is refreshing to read and encouraging to know that another feels the same yearning.

Always willing to read, hear or watch a testimony, this was a very enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend it. The only critical comment I would make would be in text edits which is something those of us who enjoy seeing how God works through His saints can easily overlook.

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