Note: This book review appeared originally on my old site, leahatha.com, and was published on August 19, 2012.
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love Across Africa is the autobiographical story of Nell Robertson Chinchen and her husband, Jack, as they worked together in Christian ministry and especially as missionaries to the Liberian people of Africa. Throughout the book, Mrs. Chinchen relates events that affirm the Sovereignty of God and His providence in the “small” things. As Mrs. Chinchen aptly writes:
Picayune may mean ‘small’ but it certainly is not insignificant. One step at a time is how God leads us and a step might be small. But each step is a stepping stone laid by His hand of providence (Loc 409-411).
From leaving a comfortable life on a pear orchard, to her husband’s pastorate, to answering the call to go to Liberia to assist in Christian education efforts, to last minute passports and the deadly challenges of a country in political turmoil, Mrs. Chinchen presents a wonderful example of the power of prayer in one’s life and through her family’s story of obedience. She writes:
God’s providence never ceases to amaze me. His ways truly are past finding out. The hard part is to be obedient to His leading even when we can’t see where we are going (Loc 402-403).
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love Across Africa is an easy, sometimes humorous read for anyone considering the call to the mission field or for any Christian who wonders if God *really* cares. I found it an especially encouraging reminder that God doesn’t forget His children and cares for all the things in our lives, big and small. As someone who has a “soft spot” for Africa, I’m grateful for the work the Chinchens have done in founding the African Bible College to enable its students to one day lead while continuing to spread the gospel over the continent. I highly recommend it.
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love Across Africa was published by Christian Focus and is available in trade paperback or on the Kindle. I was provided a free copy from the publisher of the Kindle version in exchange for an honest review.