Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Riley Unlikely" by Riley Banks-Snyder

About this book:

  Riley Unlikely is the inspiring story of Riley Banks, who first traveled to Kenya at age 13, and has been back every year since bringing backpacks of school supplies and hygiene kits for young girls, developing relationships and friendships, and is currently, as a young millennial, raising money to build a complete learning complex in Kibwezi, Kenya for those who have nothing.
  At age sixteen Riley learned that, because of a rare medical condition, she would never be able to have her own children. Devastating news to most young women, especially those who love children and have always dreamed of having their own family. But Riley’s response was: Kenya has given me a thousand children.
  Riley’s stories of her trips to Kenya, her struggles to figure out how to best serve and care for these people she has fallen in love with, and her own unexpected health issues are funny, compelling and gripping. Readers will find that God writes surprising stories in the lives of those who follow Him. Hard to put down, Riley Unlikely will inspire you to pursue your dreams and make a difference in your own world—and around the world.”

Series: No.

Spiritual Content- All about God, His love, plans, believers, sharing about God, missionaries & the mission filed; Prayers; Scriptures are quoted, mentioned & talked about; Many talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of churches; Mentions of places, those & events in the Bible; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of wondering why God would let something happen; Mentions of creations; Mentions of Israel & gaining Biblical knowledge; A couple mentions of VBS;
*Note: A few mentions of other religions.

Negative Content- Mentions of bombs, terrorism & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of someone being attacked, their injuries & murder (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths; Mentions of pain & passing out; Mentions of bathrooms & human waste; Mentions of body odor & foul smells; Mentions of bullies & ugliness; A few mentions of bladders & wetting a pair of pants; A few mentions of killing & eating chickens; A mention of pulling cockroaches out of ears;
*Note: A mention of Justin Bieber.

Sexual Content- A couple mentions of AIDS; A couple mentions of unwed teenage pregnancies; A few mentions of absentee dads; Mentions of guys, dating & relationships; Mentions of Planned Parenthood, birth control & abortions; Many mentions of & Talks about periods, feminine hygiene products (pads & tampons), girls becoming prostitutes & being paid for s*x by perverse men so they can afford hygiene supplies, also mentions of undies, pregnancies, birth control & HIV;  
            *Note: A few mentions of modesty; Mentions of a monthly period, being a “late bloomer”, a disease/syndrome where a woman is born without a uterus, reproduction & infertility.  

                                                        176 pages

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My personal Rating-
I don’t remember when or how I stumbled upon Generation Next on Facebook, but it’s been a year or two of following the organization. Reading Riley’s story & how that non-profit came to be was so inspiring and I just loved this part near the end:
“When you’re serving just because you can, the work is useful and beneficial and good. But you’ll stay committed to it only as long as it stays convenient. By contrast, when you’re serving in a capacity where you feel called, you’ll move heaven and earth if you have to, to see it through.”

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this honest review.

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