Out of a Far Country by Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan dives into the darkness of a man lost in homosexuality and drugs and a woman held captive by unrealized expectations. Angela dreams that her sons will both work as successful dentists, but the vision shatters as her older son rebels and her younger son, Christopher, becomes a homosexual. Eventually she finds Christ and relates to her wayward son in a new way.
Meanwhile, God brings Christopher to a place where he realizes his need of Christ. The chapters switch between Angela’s and Chris’s perspectives cohesively. I was never confused by the switch and it gave a unique perspective to the book.
Due the brutal honesty about Chris's lifestyle, I would not recommend this book for young teens. Still, it could help anyone who is a prodigal of any kind or who knows a prodigal. As I read about Angela's attempts to bring her son to Christ, it helped me understand how to relate better to prodigals. The chapter on 'holy sexuality' was particularly helpful in understanding how a homosexual could change and live through God’s grace. Chris brings out a pivotal point as he discusses his new identity in Christ, not in his sexual orientation.
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