Book Review: Out of the Far Corners

Today I finished the book, Out of the Far Corners, by Peter Iliyn. This is the story of Vanya Iliyn, Peter's father, as told to Peter. Vanya spent the first quarter of his life traveling from Russia through China, Australia, South America and finally stopping in the United States.

Vanya and his siblings were orphaned at a young age and not long after that were separated, sent to different families to be looked after. Throughout his life, Vanya faced abuse, rejection and neglect yet he never once abandoned his faith in God nor did he allow his circumstances to cause him to grow bitter.

What I love about this book is the relationship between Vanya and God. Repetitively, we see Vanya finding some quiet place to just be with God. We see him crying out to God to be delivered or protected and time after time God comes through. God is on full display in the life of this man. We see God speak clearly to Vanya and his family, directing, guiding and leading in every aspect. We see God answering prayers and we see the incredible power of prayer.

I recommend this book if you want to read about a man, who in spite of all odds, comes out of Communist Russia, waring China, sickness and poverty with a greater faith and trust in God. It is an encouraging true story that spurs me to not only trust God more but to pour out my heart to God because He is the God who hears.

Be blessed!


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