Utterly Amazed

Miriam Davis

Utterly Amazed is a wonderful account of an individual's journey into and through a lifetime of service to God and missions. From early encounters and spiritual experiences, Miriam Davis pieces together her calling as it unfolds along her early journey. Then, as she arrives in Japan, her long-term field of service, she documents the many challenges that face a modern mission worker. It's a very open, honest account of her ups and downs through the years, with her joys and celebrations as well as the times of burn out and feelings of wanting to give up. It's missionary life in all of its reality.

We live in a time where the long-term missionary seems to be a dying breed. Miriam Davis is one of those who has a lifetime's experience of serving God through mission, most of it on the field in Japan. Her book is an up-to-date account giving a valuable window into this diminishing category of Christian worker. All Christians have something to learn from Miriam about having an utter dependence on God and a willingness to follow wherever He leads.

It's a must read for any mission worker going to Japan or anyone going into extensive cross-cultural bible teaching or church planting, but it also has many details that would be useful for anyone embarking on a life of mission or ministry, or anyone interested in the sacrifices and challenges a modern mission worker faces.

Reviewed by Mike Frith

Mike Frith is the Founding Director of OSCAR. Prior to starting OSCAR, he worked as a pilot/engineer with Mission Aviation Fellowship where he spent time living in the USA, France, Switzerland, Madagascar and Uganda. He has been involved in working with, supporting, training and resourcing cross-cultural workers for over 25 years. He is married to Cheryl and they have two grown up children, Joanna and Will.