Item description for The Missionary by William Carmichael & David Lambert...
Overview American missionary David Eller lives in Venezuela with his nurse wife Christie, where they work to rescue homeless children, but when David speaks out publicly against the oppressive government, his life dissolves into chaos.
Publishers Description David Eller is an American missionary in Venezuela, married to missionary nurse, Christie. Together they rescue homeless children in Caracas. But for David, that isn't enough. The supply of homeless children is endless because of massive poverty and the oppressive policies of the Venezuelan government, led by the Hugo Chavez-like Armando Guzman. In a moment of anger, David publicly rails against the government, unaware that someone dangerous might be listening--a revolutionary looking for recruits. David falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage, ending in a desperate, life-or-death gamble to flee the country with his wife and son, with all the resources of a corrupt dictatorship at their heels.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Missionary by William Carmichael & David Lambert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2009 page 58
Library Journal - 02/01/2009 page 60
CBA Retailers - 03/01/2009 page 28
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802455697 ISBN13 9780802455697
Availability 0 units.
More About William Carmichael & David Lambert
WILLIAM CARMICHAEL, co-author of "The Missionary," is an accomplished bestselling author of marriage, family, and parenting books. He and his wife, Nancie, are popular speakers across the United States and Canada and together have written several books, including "Habits of a Healthy Home" and "Desperate for God." Bill is also the founder of Good Family Magazines, which published "Virtue, Christian Parenting Today, "and "Parents of Teenagers" magazines. Bill and Nancie have five children and seven grandchildren and reside in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. DAVID LAMBERT (M.F.A., University of Montana) is senior fiction editor at Howard Books and also sits on the Editorial Board of Jerry Jenkins's Christian Writers Guild. Previously he spent 18 years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan. Dave is the author of ten published books, including "The Missionary," co-authored with William Carmichael, and the Gold Medallion Award winning "Jumper Fables," co-authored with Ken Davis. His short fiction has been published in periodicals as diverse as "TQ, The Chariton Review, Sand, Virtue, Moody Magazine, Guideposts for Kids, " and "Story." David resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
William Carmichael currently resides in Sisters, in the state of Oregon. William Carmichael was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about Missionary?
Unique and Well Written May 5, 2010
I have to say honestly, that this was one of the best books I've read all year. You may think "Wow, all year, wow." I read anywhere between 7 to ten books a week on a good week, a little less when my work schedule is tight. Knowing that my mind has consumed this many books, it is a huge compliment to "The Missionary," for me to name it as my favorite thus far. The story is intriguing and heartening. The characters are easy to love and worry for. The writing is superb and the ending happy. "The Missionary" was a wonderful read and I absolutely recommend it.
You've never heard of a Christian mission like this one Jan 2, 2010
You've never heard of a Christian mission like this one.
David Eller and his wife Christie serve as missionaries in Caracas, Venezuela. The parents of a 4-year-old, he's the administrator and she's a nurse for a home that rescues abandoned children from the streets. They are missionaries doing good work against almost impossible odds, saving a handful of children while watching so many others slip away.
During one particular street rescue of a sick child, David meets Carlos Edwards, who's impressed enough by what the home is doing to write a support check. Rather quickly, he convinces David to help in another endeavor, one that will make a significant impact for the children. The endeavor turns out to be the removal of Venezuela's dictator. And, expectedly, the plan goes bad.
It would be easy to say that "The Missionary" by William Carmichael and David Lambert is a pulsating suspense story that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. And it is that - a terrific suspense novel, with sadistic torturers, calculating bureaucrats and mercenaries who form the web that ensnares Eller and his family.
But the novel is also something else - a story of the temptation to rely upon our resources instead of God's; a tale of how people rationalize all kinds of behavior; and a story of how one man, focused on rescuing and helping the street children of Caracas, becomes a street child in need of rescue himself.
Riviting Thriller Sep 8, 2009
The Missionary novel--a riveting thriller--opens with a man fighting to save children trapped in the slums of Caracas, Venezuela. Good intentions go awry, however, as missionary David Eller struggles with an explosive decision that may change lives forever. Is this of God? Others are watching from the shadows to see which path Eller chooses. At stake is the survival of family, friends, and the children he desperately hopes to save. He must make the right choice.
Writers David Lambert and William Carmichael take readers on a ride that never seems to end. This tightly written, expertly-crafted novel of espionage and intrigue forces The Missionary to fight for his life as he strives to protect those he loves. Can a caring God stand by while innocent children suffer? Can one man's choice to save these children be wrong? Only time and circumstances will tell.
Like in the spy trade, this novel is a sleeper coming at you from directions one never expects. Eller becomes trapped in a nightmare that may mark the end. Who can he trust? Where can he turn? As he races from one scene to the next, he ponders if God will ever make Himself known? Spies, assassins, and greed are the staples that make this novel twist and turn. This thought-provoking novel will not disappoint.
Recommended Read! Sep 1, 2009
How far or deep should a missionary or those in God's service get involved in the political realm? The main character, David Eller, lives out this question through this page turner novel. "Yesterday he was an American missionary serving the poor. Today, he's an international fugitive." Normally, I'm not a thriller/espionage type book reader, but this read proved rewarding.
The real-to-life situations could happen in today's news. Characters wrestled with their personal faith put to the test through life choices. Good intentions sometimes go awry.
I'd already recommended this book to several people before I'd even finished it myself. Suspense remained until the very end of the book. Great read!
Not my favorite.... Aug 17, 2009
David and his wife are missionaries in South America and are working to help children in severe medical needs down there. The work is frustrating and there is always more than what they can do, which is why when an offer comes in for easy money, David takes it against the feelings of his wife and ends up on a mind boggling chase of bad guys, good guys and a mixture of the above. This book was not really what I was expecting. I love missionary stories, but this one was something I think a young person would really enjoy, but as an adult I struggled with being super angry at the character for all the stupid decisions he was making and lack of just common sense it seemed to me! i figured it may be because I was expecting something different and instead got a tale of stupidity that led to traumatic events that would effect their family the rest of their life. I was thanking God it was only a story! I also felt the writing was choppy and could have been written much better.....