Call of a Coward The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife drew me in because of its intriguing title. Written by Marcia Moston, the winner of the 2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest and honorable mention recipient of the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition, this book chronicles the travels of an American woman and her family to a Mayan Village in Guatemala.
Beginning with her husband’s words, “Marsh, I believe God is calling us to Guatemala” Mrs. Moston tells the story of driving into South America with her husband and daughter and her reaction to a very different culture and lifestyle. As she tells their story, she shares morsels of wisdom at the beginning of each chapter written either by herself or others.
These wise words often speak more effectively than her chapters. Here’s an example from Chapter 5 entitled Kingdom Business at the Motor Vehicle Department; “God, the author of time, space and order, seldom punches our clocks or stays in our size-specified boxes. When He wants to engage a heart, renew a mind, and save a soul, anytime, anywhere, anyhow, will do.”
Did I say that those bits of wisdom were more helpful than the chapters? Yes, ultimately, I was disappointed in this book. It reads like so many other stories of Americans called to a new work and new culture. Mrs. Moston strives to do what all good Christians do; find the lesson in her struggles. So, as we read of a conflict in her life, she quickly moves to the lesson she learned from it. The result is a book that skims the surface of faith.
I found myself wishing that she had been a bit more vulnerable, raw, honest. Does God always answer? No. Do believers always resolve their doubts and fears? No. As a woman who has, herself, experienced a husband who felt called into ministry, I still have unanswered questions many years later. Yes, I experienced a sense of God’s presence (and still do) but could not always understand His purpose or His plan.
Call of a Coward by Marcia Moston joins a myriad of other similar books. It’s worthwhile reading but not highly recommended.
I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson publishers for review purposes only.