Vicki Kuyper is an experienced traveler and writer. Her journeys have taken her to 40 countries in 5 continents. In this book she is the reader’s travel guide through 30 chapters. Each chapter recounts a specific journey through places like Machu Picchu, Peru and Bangkok, Thailand.
Each chapter recounts not only the sights from the perspective of a tourist, but also a leg in her spiritual journey. Wonder, God’s Presence, and Remembrance are but three of the 30 chapter titles and points of emphasis. Each chapter includes reflection questions and actions at the end of that particular journey.
Kuyper is a skilled writer. She leads the reader to travel with her on each of her journeys. The mental pictures are vivid and clear. You see the sights. You feel the paths under your feet. You hear the sounds and the voices.
More importantly, the reader is led to discover more than a picture of another culture or land. Kuyper relates her own discoveries of God and his character. Along the way she discovers much about her self and her fellow human beings.
As a reader who loves to travel, I anticipated the arrival of this book in the mail. I was not disappointed. I escaped to places around the globe while seated in my reading chair. I was amazed at the wonder of God’s handiwork. I wrestled with issues related to my being a follower of Jesus. My compassion for people of other cultures was heightened. I was challenged to be more prayerful and more aware of God’s presence in my world.
In a few points in the book, perhaps Kuyper could have been stronger when faced with some religious practices and beliefs other than her own. This is a minor point since she wrestles with some of these practices in trying to understand the people around her. She clearly demonstrates her faith in God and longs for these people to come to faith in Christ through the cross.
If you enjoy reading a well written book that transports you to other places, this book is for you. If you want to be reminded of the glory of God revealed in creation, this book is for you. If you want God to probe your heart and mind, this book is for you.