Book Review: Wherever You Go

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Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith & Courage

Author: Hannah Lau

Publisher: Graceworks

Retail Price: SGD 22 / RM 59.90

 

When a vision of God first captures us, we are often taken up with excitement, confident that the journey ahead would be filled with wonder and glory. But the truth is that fulfilling our calling is not a bed of roses. There will be seasons when it gets exhausting and confusing, and that is when our faith is stretched and tested.

Author Hannah Lau tackles this very challenge in her debut novel Wherever You Go, a work of fiction based on her own experience. The tale unfolds through the email correspondence of two young women, and delves into what it means to follow your dreams with courage.

In the book, Corrie Lee and Keiko Suzuki are college graduates who make their way to China for different reasons. Corrie, a Chinese Canadian, is a tentmaking missionary, while Japanese Kei is looking for work experience. Both are convinced of their callings.

But life in China is beyond expectations. Wherever they go or whatever they do, they are faced with the dichotomies of man vs. God; selfishness vs. selflessness; disillusionment vs. hope. It’s difficult and can be downright crazy – so crazy they can only be based on true life events.

Corrie and Kei start off as strangers. But tied by parallel journeys, the new friendship quickly becomes a solace to openly share matters of the heart. They discuss and pray through career moves, culture shock, relationships, loneliness and faith. Many times they feel like they have no idea what they are doing, but they persist in trusting and obeying God.

Wherever You Go is inspiring, colorful and refreshingly real. It doesn’t hide behind niceties and perfect characters, but works through problems honestly. And while the arc of personal triumph is stirring by itself, this book’s merit is in its take on purposeful living and the God behind it all. The narrative points that everything, even the things that seem random or chaotic, weaves into a beautiful tapestry of God’s sovereign plan. “God will never shortchange you,” Corrie says to Kei.

Hannah did a commendable job of penning her story down in a relatable way. Her message will resonate with many, particularly young adults. Millennials shaped by an interconnected and postmodern landscape will glean within these covers a model for anchoring oneself against the storms of a fluid world.

The truth unveiled in Wherever You Go is this: Though it doesn’t turn out as anticipated, a life pursuing God and the things of God is richer than anything imaginable. And that is a vision worth capturing.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book gratis from Graceworks, in exchange for an honest and independent review. The opinions are entirely my own.

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