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Misadventures in Travel by Paula Edwards
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Misadventures in Travel by Paula Edwards is the story of the author's missionary trip through northern Brazil. Edwards and husband Van decide to become missionaries later in life. With two grown daughter and several grandchildren, they want to do the Lord's work, and when a job is offered to map out the fishing villages of northern Brazil, they jump at the chance. Their story is filled with countless twists and turns (no really, the maps they have aren't very good, and they are often backtracking and getting lost) as well as roadblocks and detours. From dealing with arrogant bureaucrats to vehicles constantly breaking down to roads that only remotely aspire to that label, their three years in Brazil are filled with lots of great stories and plenty of adventure and misadventure that Edwards tells in a direct yet light manner. Even when times are toughest, Van and Paula soldier on, always remembering to give praise to God when things go right. Despite the advertising of the book as slapstick comedy, the book has little actual humor. The writing is pretty straight-forward with the occasional sarcasm, but with no true laugh out loud moments. However, it is a worthwhile read because it details the day to day life of missionaries: the troubles they face, the political difficulties, and the triumphs when they are able to share the Gospel with a hungry audience. For a down to earth look at the life of a missionary, this is a terrific read.
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