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'The stories in the chapters that follow aren't chronological. They're not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I'm not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I've mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again 'The stories in the chapters that follow aren't chronological. They're not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I'm not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I've mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again I've been led to trust God, with my little mustard seed of faith, to see how he not only shows up in our circumstance---but he shows off! It's not because he needs to prove himself; rather, he is demonstrating to a forgotten population---the orphans that I serve---that he will be their Father and Protector and Provider.'Beth and Todd established a ministry that helps orphans---the poorest, most defenseless members of a needy populace. And while the stories here are drawn from those experiences, this book isn't a memoir.It's about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when He's needed. Beth calls it a reckless faith---a willingness to trust even when you don't understand. And her book---an inspiring collection of true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges, chose to trust God---is a call to live with Reckless Faith.


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'The stories in the chapters that follow aren't chronological. They're not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I'm not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I've mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again 'The stories in the chapters that follow aren't chronological. They're not a history of how I found myself living on the side of a mountain in Mexico, and I'm not sure that would interest anyone but my mother and her friends anyway. Instead, I've mined my journals for those moments when God used the very people I thought I was in Mexico to lead, to lead me. Time and again I've been led to trust God, with my little mustard seed of faith, to see how he not only shows up in our circumstance---but he shows off! It's not because he needs to prove himself; rather, he is demonstrating to a forgotten population---the orphans that I serve---that he will be their Father and Protector and Provider.'Beth and Todd established a ministry that helps orphans---the poorest, most defenseless members of a needy populace. And while the stories here are drawn from those experiences, this book isn't a memoir.It's about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when He's needed. Beth calls it a reckless faith---a willingness to trust even when you don't understand. And her book---an inspiring collection of true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges, chose to trust God---is a call to live with Reckless Faith.

30 review for Reckless Faith: Let Go and Be Led

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Tartar

    A missionary in Mexico begins to change the lives of orphans, however they also begin to change hers. Reckless Faith was a 5 star autobiography by Beth Guckenberger for anyone looking to deepen their faith or enjoys learning about other’s encounters with God. This book begins will a tough decision, should Beth and her husband Todd play it safe or answer the call that God is sending them to in Mexico? They choose to drop everything and move to Mexico, proof of their own “reckless faith” which onl A missionary in Mexico begins to change the lives of orphans, however they also begin to change hers. Reckless Faith was a 5 star autobiography by Beth Guckenberger for anyone looking to deepen their faith or enjoys learning about other’s encounters with God. This book begins will a tough decision, should Beth and her husband Todd play it safe or answer the call that God is sending them to in Mexico? They choose to drop everything and move to Mexico, proof of their own “reckless faith” which only grows stronger. There are multiple different stories and people that make up the book, yet they are not in chronological order. Beth says that instead of the stories in chronological order she’s ‘mined (her) journals for those moments when God used the very people (she) thought (she) was in Mexico to lead, to lead (her)’ an amazing example of what the book is. Reckless Faith is filled with not the boring rising action and falling action, but with the plethora of moments when her life was changed, person by person whom she interacted with. Exciting, powerful, and beautiful are all words to describe Beth’s journey as she writes it. Each chapter has it’s own effect on the reader and the plot of her life. Similar to Miracles from Heaven in the sense that as the writer gains values or experiences, we are exposed to them as well and begin to see something new. Each interaction changes her perspective in some way and as the reader you get to go along for the ride, as the moral of the stories are revealed we learn something new. Many of these orphans are lost or angry and those are feelings almost everyone can relate to, Guckenberger helps connect the mission to the victim so God can meet each one on a personal level. She takes the time to get to know each person and in a natural way. Reading this book won’t just be an assignment, but an experience that will give you new ideas and connections to not only God but the world. She stresses the idea that God’s path is risky, “Following God’s will doesn’t always look logical”(41). Throughout the book she learns that God’s path is not the easy way and that’s why it’s so important to spread the idea of reckless faith, without it God can’t work through us.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I started this two days ago, I think. A friend had given it to me for Christmas. I had issues putting it down yesterday. I had book in one hand and my other hand stirring tapioca pudding, as tears were streaming down my cheeks. It is a non-fiction book. At first I was a little wary when it comes to people talking about "reckless faith" because images of going forth and expecting to God to follow (instead of the other way around) go through my brain. But this was not the case. I also tend to be a I started this two days ago, I think. A friend had given it to me for Christmas. I had issues putting it down yesterday. I had book in one hand and my other hand stirring tapioca pudding, as tears were streaming down my cheeks. It is a non-fiction book. At first I was a little wary when it comes to people talking about "reckless faith" because images of going forth and expecting to God to follow (instead of the other way around) go through my brain. But this was not the case. I also tend to be a little cautious and a little more on the conservative side and at the beginning I was thinking that this was going to be going a little overboard charasmatically speaking. But this was not the case. I found myself wanting to underline, wanting to write down some of the quotes. It was a fairly simple, easy to read, yet solid book that challenges you. To those who know me, you know that orphans have always tugged at my heart strings and this definitely pulled at them. Scripture was quoted and used throughout (passages in context, no less! ;) ) I personally could really identify with her. I could see myself in some of the situations, and struggling with the questions & issues. Some of the situations were completely heart-breaking. Yet this wasn't filled with cliches. I would recommend this book even if you don't have a heart's call for orphans because I believe it challenges your faith over all. :) (P.S. I have no idea if it was "well-written", or any of the other technical terms) I just know that it resonated with me. :) "It takes no effort to look down on people. It's actually the lazy thing to do. When I think of the people I have looked down on in the past, they are usually people whose lives I couldn't relate to. They lived in different times or places, and it was too much work for me to try to understand their point of view." "Meme sees people for who they are, not what they are, as as cliched as that sounds, it rarely happens. Through her example, I now see a daughter instead of a prostitute, an adult orphan rather than a wife beater, and a desperate mother instead of a drunk. She has taught us to look at the people we serve who live in the most desperate of circumstances in terms of their relationships rather than the labels."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This book is of a young couple who have fallen in love with orphans and feel the calling to help them in any way they can. They have moved to Montery, Mexico to help an orphanage there. Each chapter is titled the name of an orphan who have made an impact in their lives, instead of chronological order. The books is full of miraculous and heart-wrenching stories of children who have touched their lives. I gave this book 5 stars because it had so emotionally involved that I was thinking about it ev This book is of a young couple who have fallen in love with orphans and feel the calling to help them in any way they can. They have moved to Montery, Mexico to help an orphanage there. Each chapter is titled the name of an orphan who have made an impact in their lives, instead of chronological order. The books is full of miraculous and heart-wrenching stories of children who have touched their lives. I gave this book 5 stars because it had so emotionally involved that I was thinking about it every second I wasn't reading it. These true stories combined with the way she is trying to figure out how God fits the lives of these orphans had me completely absorbed. It was worth every second spent reading this book. Even though the stories of these children are depressing it left me inspired and questioning how I could possibly help.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma J

    3.5 stars!!! I read this in the very beginning of my month-long missing trip so I'm struggling to remember my thoughts over this. It was for sure a good read, considering I finished it in a couple days, squeezing it into my free time, but I didn't love it. It has nothing to do with content-Beth and her husband are such awesome people and are doing amazingg things in their ministry, I just don't think I liked how the book was written. However if anyone was searching for a missionary-type rela 3.5 stars!!! I read this in the very beginning of my month-long missing trip so I'm struggling to remember my thoughts over this. It was for sure a good read, considering I finished it in a couple days, squeezing it into my free time, but I didn't love it. It has nothing to do with content-Beth and her husband are such awesome people and are doing amazingg things in their ministry, I just don't think I liked how the book was written. However if anyone was searching for a missionary-type related book, I would for sure recommend this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    this book is seriously underrated! Living by faith is a reckless abandonment to what the Lord is saying, no matter what circumstances say. She really nails this by telling stories of how she has seen God be faithful in the lives of the orphans she works with, even though their circumstances would try to say otherwise. "some may trust in horses, some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our God" this book is seriously underrated! Living by faith is a reckless abandonment to what the Lord is saying, no matter what circumstances say. She really nails this by telling stories of how she has seen God be faithful in the lives of the orphans she works with, even though their circumstances would try to say otherwise. "some may trust in horses, some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our God"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glynis

    I feel that it is important to hear testimony of what God is currently doing in the hearts and lives of people around the world. This book was inspiring and beautiful and I would recommend it to others if they're feeling like their faith is flat and lifeless. This will inspire you to take an eternal perspective on the less fortunate around you. I feel that it is important to hear testimony of what God is currently doing in the hearts and lives of people around the world. This book was inspiring and beautiful and I would recommend it to others if they're feeling like their faith is flat and lifeless. This will inspire you to take an eternal perspective on the less fortunate around you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book has found me at just the right time. Those are the best books to read, aren't they? I am working on being reckless in my faith by taking a walk out on the ledge, and to be more childlike in my faith and acceptance of others and new situations. This book has found me at just the right time. Those are the best books to read, aren't they? I am working on being reckless in my faith by taking a walk out on the ledge, and to be more childlike in my faith and acceptance of others and new situations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    erin

    Worked with Back2Back in Mexico this winter (jan. 2010). Totally amazing "Reckless Faith" in action and worth reading just for the realness of the story. BTW, did not read the kindle edition but can't find the paperback. Worked with Back2Back in Mexico this winter (jan. 2010). Totally amazing "Reckless Faith" in action and worth reading just for the realness of the story. BTW, did not read the kindle edition but can't find the paperback.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    4-1/2 stars. Beth Guckenberger is amazing. Written largely as excerpts from her journal which left me often wondering just how the story ended, but that was also kind of her point. Am still thinking about this book months after finishing it. I love the honesty in Beth's writing. 4-1/2 stars. Beth Guckenberger is amazing. Written largely as excerpts from her journal which left me often wondering just how the story ended, but that was also kind of her point. Am still thinking about this book months after finishing it. I love the honesty in Beth's writing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie Axelson

    This book is a collection of Beth and Todd Gukenberger’s story of being missionaries in Mexico (read: Katie Davis in Mexico). The Lord has used their ministry to do some cool things and reach some neat places.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mcginty

    Hands down my favorite book of the year! A Christian woman telling about her and her husband's ministry to orphans in Mexico. Absolutely LOVED it!!!!! Hands down my favorite book of the year! A Christian woman telling about her and her husband's ministry to orphans in Mexico. Absolutely LOVED it!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    This book is great! The author actually came to our church and spoke. She is a missionary in Mexico and this is a compilation of different true stories and encounters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I saw this book at my Church's book store - it is by a girl I went to high school with so I grabbed it! It is very touching and emotional so far. Really makes you look at your faith. I saw this book at my Church's book store - it is by a girl I went to high school with so I grabbed it! It is very touching and emotional so far. Really makes you look at your faith.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    An amazing story of people who are devoted to God

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I believe that Beth's life story will and has changed me, and revived my heart to work with orphans around the world. I believe that Beth's life story will and has changed me, and revived my heart to work with orphans around the world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    God's plan is not necessarily your plan. I sailed through this in a few days...I heard Beth speak and she writes as down to earth as she speaks....a must read. God's plan is not necessarily your plan. I sailed through this in a few days...I heard Beth speak and she writes as down to earth as she speaks....a must read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    After reading Beth's collection of "true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges,chose to trust God." It definitely gave me an me an urgency to live with Reckless Faith. After reading Beth's collection of "true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges,chose to trust God." It definitely gave me an me an urgency to live with Reckless Faith.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cori Miller

    read it...i hope that i am able to live by example a reckless faith. solidifies my support in foster care & adoption. continues my love for missionary work and mexico.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Couldn't put it down. Couldn't put it down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Amazing book. I spent a week in the orphanage with Beth and she is an amazing person who wrote this truly beautiful and heartbreaking book.Totally worth reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    J Renee

    If you have any interest in orphan care, this is an excellent book to read! Hear first hand the story of how Back2Back Ministries began 15 years ago !

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Erin and Thad Recommendation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Kim

    Inspiring

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Very good book. I love Back2Back!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krista Letts

    Love for serving orphans in Mexico leads the author to humbly recount lessons learned from lives of poor who depend on a mighty God. Well worth reading for inspiration and challenge.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimbell Botto

    Could not this book down. Great help for adoptive parents in better I understanding our kids, especially if they were adopted as adolescents. Beth is a wonderful storyteller.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I liked this book, the way it have short stories of this family.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I'd like to think I was just not in the right mood (or the right audience) for this book. I wanted to like it, but found several things off-putting. First, you are free to disagree with me, but I take genuine theological issue with The Message interpretation of the Bible. It is not a translation, which begs the follow-up question, Is God's Word really so inaccessible or 'uncool' that we need to dumb it down? Do we even have the right to alter The Most Holy God's Word? Keeping that in mind, when I'd like to think I was just not in the right mood (or the right audience) for this book. I wanted to like it, but found several things off-putting. First, you are free to disagree with me, but I take genuine theological issue with The Message interpretation of the Bible. It is not a translation, which begs the follow-up question, Is God's Word really so inaccessible or 'uncool' that we need to dumb it down? Do we even have the right to alter The Most Holy God's Word? Keeping that in mind, when Mrs. Guckenberger quotes more from The Message than she does the actual Bible, I immediately feel disconnected from and distrustful of her faith. I can't just settle in and learn at her feet, because I have to sift each paragraph and wonder if she herself is learning from Jesus or learning from editors trying to make God more 'hip.' Secondly, the entire book had sort of a "blog post" feel to it for me. Instead of letting the experiences and characters of her life speak for themselves (and instead of giving me the freedom in the Spirit to mull over how God wants to use these testimonies in my own life), most chapters were 40% testimony and 60% preaching at me. Because of what she has been through, she clearly felt that she had a right to tell me how to think and feel about just about everything in my Christian faith, but I never felt like she had sufficiently established that right in my eyes. The author sought to paint a picture of faith that appeared radical and catchy, as contrasted with a stuffed-up, narrow-minded, close-fisted sort of faith. But wait... do those adjectives even apply to genuine faith, ever? Again, we're butting heads over theology here. Moreover, why does she write to me like I'm coming from that angle and am shocked at everything she has to say to the contrary? I wouldn't mind if she explained that was her background and her realizations during this time, but you lose your audience pretty quickly if you act like you know exactly who is reading your book and then try to preach at them for it. So... I give it two stars (as opposed to one) because the stories she had to tell did have an impact on my faith with God, for the better. But I could have read those stories in an hour or two and just done away with the rest of the book; it wasn't helpful or encouraging for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Patton

    Not my favorite book for several reasons: it was a little preachy, a little cheesy, a little over the top and not the best writing. I wasn’t engaged in every chapter. However, I do believe in her mission and love her passion for Jesus and the orphans. I would like to give one of her newer books a try.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Bené

    What a challenging book to step outside my "comfortable" faith and follow God no matter how "reckless" it may seem. I loved how the author's stories challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and step in to God's zone, constantly asking where he is at work and how I can join him! What a challenging book to step outside my "comfortable" faith and follow God no matter how "reckless" it may seem. I loved how the author's stories challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and step in to God's zone, constantly asking where he is at work and how I can join him!

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