It’s always a bit awkward when I receive a copy of a testimony or biography to review. It’s awkward because you can’t really criticise someone’s life, can you?
Thankfully, I didn’t have to with this book! An Open Door tells the inspiring story of Maud Kells who at a young age left her home in Ireland to go and serve the people of Congo.
This book challenged me because it brings to life Maud’s close walk with the Lord and her attitude of service to God’s Kingdom. I don’t want to give away any of the details of the story because the minute I start, I won’t be able to stop.
All I can say is that this book is worth a read! It will make you thankful for people who sacrificially give up their lives at home to serve abroad. It will give you an insight into the life of a woman who loves the Lord and His work. This book will leave you in wonder of God!
In these pages you’ll find story after story of God’s care, provision, grace and protection. Whilst this testimony is about Maud, it point you to the greatness of God and you can’t help but praise Him.
The book is also written in such a great way by Jean Gibson. She doesn’t start off with Maud’s birth or the beginning of her life in Ireland. Gibson starts the book with the story of the night Maud was shot in Congo. From then on you’re immediately hooked!
The book tells Maud’s story in such a way that at points you are afraid and at other points you’re rejoicing. This story is such a wonderful testimony to how God can use someone to do His work. It will challenge you, it will stir you up to enjoy God more and it will grow in you the desire to serve Him.
Maud Kells has served as a missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1968. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her life long service to DRC. Her Biography, An Open Door, was published on her 80th Birthday.
Jean Gibson and her husband Brian live in Ireland, where Jean is passionate about sharing the stories of people who have experienced God in their lives. She is the author of An Open Door, Journey of Hope, Seasons of Womanhood and Joyful in Hope