Coffee, Tea, and Holy Water: One Woman’s Journey to Experience Christianity Around the Globe by Amanda Hudson has a captivating title and book cover! The book is a memorable journey through cultures that are unfamiliar to the ordinary Christian. I wanted to read the book to learn more about the lifestyle of women working in the missionary field and I was not disappointed. The book is filled with remarkable stories that are only accessible through the heart of a real-life experience. While I don’t have the courage to explore the global experience personally, I did enjoy my armchair exposure as I soaked in the view from the pages of my book. The author takes her readers through Brazil, Wales, Tanzania, China and Honduras. She impresses upon her readers how to make a difference around the world.
The inspiration for the author’s journey was her experience in the local coffee shop: diverse people with diverse drink orders. Amanda was not just sitting in the shop warming up with her coffee; she was OBSERVING the culture and environment as a barista behind the counter. She wondered about the environment outside her community and familiar places.
Keeping in mind it’s a travel journal and not a Biblical textbook or home Bible study, this book is thought-provoking. Neither is this a book on evangelism. Scripture and methods are lacking in the text. However, the travel experiences are memorable, especially how the author perceives Christianity around the globe. She writes about the people she encounters and the physical environments as well. It’s a travel book with theological discussions and observations.
My Amazon Rating 3/5
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