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To Japan and Back
“Japan and Back is an important book because of its raw honesty about the missionary experience. Most missionary books paper over the hard stuff, but Japan and Back hits it straight on. Some readers may be shocked, but sending churches, mission agencies, and young people thinking about missions need to read this book and learn from its message.” – Dan Ellrick, missionary in Japan of over 20 years
Joey Stoll had no clue what he was getting into when he went to rural Japan as a long-term missionary. He left full of excitement and arrived in a world very different from what he expected.
Among hilarious experiences living in a foreign culture and while receiving miracles of God’s grace, he faced questions like:
- What should missionary service look like?
- What do we do when struggling with depression?
- How do we process losing places and people we care deeply for?
Compiled in short chapters written as stories, devotions, and journal entries, this is one missionary’s strange journey to the Land of the Rising Sun and an equally strange journey of returning to his own culture.
Interested? Check out a few sample chapters:
- Experience the fun, quirky culture of Japan.
- Learn more about the history of missions in Japan.
- Better understand barriers to Christianity.
A civil war from a world of magic has spilled over into the small California town of San Luis Obispo. In a desperate act, a warrior from the world of Ruach gives soul armors—the ultimate weapons of his world—to four high school students.
This sounds like the exact opposite of how Vero would like to spend her senior year. Poor and new to the area, she finds surviving in her new surroundings hard enough without stepping into the middle of a war of wizards.
Unfortunately, two soldiers from the other world know what she looks like and want her dead. It’s only a matter of time before they find her. She might have to fight, whether she wants to or not.
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The Prince (The Rift Part 2)
He and his friends were given superpower-granting soul armors and charged with defending the world from a pending evil legion invasion. Only the invasion doesn’t seem terribly pending, and the defending seems pretty hopeless. And time consuming. He’s ready to return to his normal life, but his girlfriend’s gung-ho attitude toward the fight is creating unpleasant ripples in their relationship.
Meanwhile, visitors from the other world interrupt Gloria’s life and call into question everything James said about the war and their mission.
Gloria and the others now need to decide which side they want to take and if taking a side is even worth it.
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With enemies from Ruach arriving in a few weeks, the Knights of SLO begin intense training with their soul armors. In a whirlpool of training, school, and shifting foster situations, Gloria struggles with the aftermath of her own mistakes. She has failed the others, but no one talks about it. Getting along with her team sometimes seems harder than winning this war.
Meanwhile, Vero feels like her relationship with Pieter is drifting into dangerous waters, and she desperately wants to keep it from becoming the next casualty in Ruach’s war. And yet, in their battle-filled lives, do they have room for things like dates, free time, and South Obispo High’s approaching homecoming?
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