God's Smuggler for Young Readers by Brother Andrew
I first read GOD'S SMUGGLER years ago, so it was good to re-read the book. Even though this edition is the "Young Reader's Edition," I think many adults will also appreciate the concise length.
It's easy to forget how dangerous it was to go behind the "Iron Curtain." The book captures the excitement and danger of smuggling Bibles and tracts to various countries in Eastern Europe, as well as to Russia. (See, for example, the chapter, "For Russian with Love.") Many of the stories involve Andrew's worn out Volkswagen beetle, which one mechanic claimed could only be running through God's miraculous intervention.
I found the book to be a quick, exciting read. The illustrations are well done, and make the stories come alive, by depicting the danger involved. Many of the scenes show soldiers standing close by with guns at hand.
Brother Andrew is ever-optimistic about what God will do in your life. For instance, in describing how he obtained his driving license, he quotes a friend, "That's the excitement in obedience. . . Finding out later what God had in mind."
All in all, I found GOD'S SMUGGLER to be an inspiring book, offering encouragement to Christians interested in spreading the Gospel. I had forgotten that Brother Andrew was actually from the Netherlands. He is an inspiration to all who love the Gospel.
Advance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.