I recently finished the book, Undaunted by Christine Caine. Right from chapter one, Christine Caine pulls you in (and let’s be real, makes you cry). She tells honest stories about her experiences—stories from her own life and stories from others. In chapter one, she tells stories from a couple of women she met through her organization, the A21 Campaign, which works to fight modern day human trafficking.
I think I first heard about Christine Caine through some random podcast, so in hearing her voice before I read anything she wrote, I will admit I did try to read the book with an Australian accent. That’s just my little confession. Is there an audiobook version of this book? If so, I hope she’s narrating it.
What I Didn’t Like:
I wouldn’t say I’ve read a lot of Christian life/inspirational (what genre does this book really fit into?) books, but I have read a good number. So, honestly, I hate to admit that this book reminds me of others in that it includes cliché saying like “God is able to take the mess of our past and turn it into a message. He takes the trials and tests and turns them into a testimony.” Which is good if I am looking for something to put on the sign outside my church (just kidding—those messages are always corny and somewhat embarrassing), but not really that good if I am looking for something different.
Putting that aside, she did share a lot of things from her own life experiences that were extremely powerful and no doubt difficult to share. Also, just because some things feel cliché and overdone does not mean I should become complacent about them. Sometimes I need to be encouraged and reminded of the truths offered by Jesus.
What I Liked:
In the opening chapter, one of the women who had been a sex slave asked her, “Why didn’t you come sooner?” It question really hit me. She encourages her readers to move and act. She describes it as her Schindler’s List moment.
“It was my moment of wondering what, in my life, had been my golden pin like Schindler’s, the thing so precious to me that it never occurred to me to use it to ransom the life of someone else.”
She opens up about finding out she was adopted and when she told her now-husband she had been abused. She shares some really honest areas of her life. She is a speaker, so I am sure she’s experienced the fruitfulness of honesty and the community it can bring, but that doesn’t always necessarily make it easy. And when she shared about her miscarriage? I cried. So, there’s your disclaimer on that.
She also writes about fear. As someone who is on the brink of my next step (and someone who has no idea what that next step will look or what it will bring), I know it would be easy to let fear overtake me and keep me from following God and serving him.
“When you let fear run your life, you close yourself off from anything that might hurt or cost or make you uncomfortable—including opportunities to serve God and claim his promises” (p. 110).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but it was challenging. I want to become undaunted. I want to make a difference. Caine encourages us that God has something better for us—not something easy, but something worth the work. I’ve seen it be easy for people—especially in my generation—to get motivated about various social justice issues, but with the exception of changing their Facebook picture or donating $10 via text message, they don’t do much. I know Caine is a credible example because she’s not just instructing others to do something about a passion place on their heart, she’s actually doing something herself.
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