For years now I have heard of Iris Ministries and someone named Heidi Baker but it wasn't until I picked up this book that I felt like I had finally met her. I want to mention this from the beginning of this review that although this book was refreshing, it wasn't earth-shattering. In the best way possible, it was simple and full of Truth. This book is not about Heidi. Thankfully, it is about Jesus and His great love for humanity!
Rolland Baker describes Heidi in the forward by saying, "she had a privileged upbringing, living on a private beach, and lacked for nothing in education, comforts, and opportunity. But even as a small girl growing up, she pulsed and radiated with a consuming hunger for God." (page x) First off, how stinking adorable is it that her husband wrote her forward to her book? Seriously. Secondly, how refreshing is it to read that though the things of this world vied for her affections it is still possible to be won over by One so much stronger? I, for one, am really thankful for her testimony about her upbringing. It's not common.
While reading this book, I didn't just glean from Heidi but I unexpectedly gleaned from Mother Teresa as well. You will learn quickly that she is greatly inspired by her and thus she includes her quotes in various parts of her book and at the end of each chapter. For a book that I picked up in hopes of digging more into the heart of missions, it was beautiful to hear the wisdom of Mama T (Mother Teresa - for those of you who are more formal) included into Heidi's stories.