Dark Glass Ponderings

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. -1 Corinthians 13:12

I chose to read this book because of the endorsement by Randy Alcorn, whose ministry I respect. 

I found this book both fascinating and heartbreaking in more than one way.

First of all, although I think Kimberly Smith's ministry has done great things for the orphans in the Sudan region I was troubled by her decision to take many short-term mission trips without the presence of her family.  Ultimately, Kimberly herself addresses this issue and she and her husband do find peace in their marriage.  I believe the most important ministry a woman has when her children are living at home is to take care of her family.  Beyond this, I do believe women can have a ministry but generally think it should be with the family. 

Slavery, cholera, genocide.  These are just a few of the dangers faced by Kimberly when she ministered in Sudan.  Part of her mission was to share the stories of those living in the Sudan.  These stories were beyond heartbreaking, but I do believe its important to be aware of what's going on around the world so we can pray for those undergoing persecution.

The most extraordinary transformation that takes place in the book is in Kimberly herself.  God brought her to a broken place during her travels and showed her the need to get beyond herself.  She underwent cholera and a personal attack. 

Ultimately Kimberly reminds the reader that God can use us in spite of ourselves, whether our "mission" is in the Sudan or closer to home.  I will not soon forget Kimberly's journey.


This sounds like the kind of powerful story you have to be emotionally ready to read. I'll have to cautiously add it to my wish list!

Great review, Julia, and this book sounds both fascinating and heartbreaking, like you said. The title and cover alone grip you. Its amazing what some have done and will do for their faith, love of God and love of others.

I love what you said here: "I believe the most important ministry a woman has when her children are living at home is to take care of her family." Amen. And what a ministry it is! But I still admire what this woman did. Would that I were that brave, with or without my family. Praise the Lord that He does use us in spite of ourselves. You always bring such meaningful books to the table, my friend, thank you for that :)


Julia M. Reffner

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Christ-loving bookworm & homeschool mom of 2 stealing the rare quiet moments to pursue that all elusive writing dream. I also write book reviews for Title Trakk and The Historical Novel Society.


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