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Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains. In this inspiring book, Kristen Wel Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains. In this inspiring book, Kristen Welch calls you to step out in faith and climb the mountain in front of you--not because you are good enough or adequate or able, but because God makes a way where there is no way. With heartbreaking and hopeful personal stories, Scripture, and questions for contemplation, she draws you out of fear and into a holy confidence, showing you that the mountain in your path was put there on purpose, so that you could exercise--and grow--your faith.


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Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains. In this inspiring book, Kristen Wel Life is an incredible journey with ups and downs. We soar, struggle, scale and stumble, and often stand at the edge of cliffs, afraid to step into the unknown, unsure of where we will land. But instead of running away, we are called by God to stand firm, muster up what faith we can, and take a step. Because we were made to move mountains. In this inspiring book, Kristen Welch calls you to step out in faith and climb the mountain in front of you--not because you are good enough or adequate or able, but because God makes a way where there is no way. With heartbreaking and hopeful personal stories, Scripture, and questions for contemplation, she draws you out of fear and into a holy confidence, showing you that the mountain in your path was put there on purpose, so that you could exercise--and grow--your faith.

30 review for Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deb Zabokrtsky

    Have you ever had a book when you seen the title, think...hmm..okay, I have one HUGE mountain right in front of me and maybe, just maybe.... This book will give me some insights on how to climb it? Where do I start? This book is Amazing, I’ve highlighted so many sentences, paragraphs, scriptures, and made so many notes (41 to be exact), that I know this book will show you with God’s help and you stepping out in Faith there is no mountain you can’t climb. A MUST READ, VERY INSPIRATIONAL!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Strauss

    Made to Move Mountains was a very timely read for me. In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, this kind of faith building encouragement is exactly what is needed. Kristen states, "I've learned there are mountains we climb because they challenge and inspire us and we long to see what's on the other side. Then there are mountains that show up in our paths we desperately want to move. Some mountains are dreams; others are disasters. We need grit and Jesus for both." This is one of those books that is Made to Move Mountains was a very timely read for me. In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, this kind of faith building encouragement is exactly what is needed. Kristen states, "I've learned there are mountains we climb because they challenge and inspire us and we long to see what's on the other side. Then there are mountains that show up in our paths we desperately want to move. Some mountains are dreams; others are disasters. We need grit and Jesus for both." This is one of those books that is both easy and hard to read. Kristen shares her journey like she would with a friend over coffee, yet she ties in scripture throughout that challenges you and often made me uncomfortable—in a good way. This book can also be difficult because many of the stories that Kristen shares are in process. They don't resolve into these perfectly "happily ever after" tales. I'm inspired by her transparency and honesty as she shares things that are incomplete. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to live a life that matters; anyone who longs to see God work through their lives in amazing ways. I received this book from Netgalley for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mia White

    Kristen is once again the humble author-friend we've come to know and trust; the champion for justice and faithful steward of Mercy House ministries. I loved how this latest tome of her tale was more others-focused, as she's simply sharing the fruit of the good work God has done in her and imploring others to similarly step up for the downtrodden, to wring out our lives in service of others and for Christ's glory. Kristen is never pious, always approachable, always encouraging, and always honest Kristen is once again the humble author-friend we've come to know and trust; the champion for justice and faithful steward of Mercy House ministries. I loved how this latest tome of her tale was more others-focused, as she's simply sharing the fruit of the good work God has done in her and imploring others to similarly step up for the downtrodden, to wring out our lives in service of others and for Christ's glory. Kristen is never pious, always approachable, always encouraging, and always honest in her writing. This new format with helpful closing questions at the end of each chapter really aided me in applying the principles/truths to my own life as I seek to glorify the Lord, allowing Him to level and transform seemingly immovable mountains. Don't miss this book. I read an advanced copy as a part of her launch team but can't WAIT for the paperback to re-read with gusto.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Beautifully written. My favorite quote “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lundy

    Ten years ago Kristen Welch founded Mercy House, a nonprofit organization that funds maternity homes for pregnant teens in Kenya. She does work that seems amazing and impossible to many. In this book, Kristen shares about some of the challenges, hardships, and fears she has faced over the last ten years. These “mountains” in her life are daunting, but her God is bigger, and He strengthens her and helps her to persevere even through her fears. Made to Move Mountains is challenging and inspiring. K Ten years ago Kristen Welch founded Mercy House, a nonprofit organization that funds maternity homes for pregnant teens in Kenya. She does work that seems amazing and impossible to many. In this book, Kristen shares about some of the challenges, hardships, and fears she has faced over the last ten years. These “mountains” in her life are daunting, but her God is bigger, and He strengthens her and helps her to persevere even through her fears. Made to Move Mountains is challenging and inspiring. Kristen encourages the reader to do the hard things, to climb the mountains, to not settle for an easy life. And she does so as a fellow weary traveler. In this book you will find a friend who understands your fears and hesitations. But you will also find a friend who challenges you to keep on keeping on, even when the looming mountains seem overwhelming. Kristen reminds us that we are made to do hard things, not because we are capable in and of ourselves, but because we serve a mighty God. This book left me feeling inspired, challenged, and excited about facing the mountains God has placed in my life. “Your yes may seem small some days, but doing what we can, where we are, with what we have matters! God will take care of the rest. What has he put into your hand? Where has he placed you? What can you do to make someone’s life a little better?” – Kristen Welch

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Not my favorite book of Welch's, but still am encouraging and worthwhile read. Not my favorite book of Welch's, but still am encouraging and worthwhile read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jackson

    "Why did I forget that God meets me in the mountains, on the difficult climbs, at the place when I'm most desperate for Him?" We all have mountains. Difficulties in our lives that we either choose (business ventures, adoption, missions) or have thrust upon us (illness, job loss, personal tragedy). It's not a question of if you have a mountain but rather what is your mountain. Kristen knows about trials. As founder of a non-profit that now partners with organizations in multiple countries, she shar "Why did I forget that God meets me in the mountains, on the difficult climbs, at the place when I'm most desperate for Him?" We all have mountains. Difficulties in our lives that we either choose (business ventures, adoption, missions) or have thrust upon us (illness, job loss, personal tragedy). It's not a question of if you have a mountain but rather what is your mountain. Kristen knows about trials. As founder of a non-profit that now partners with organizations in multiple countries, she shares how some of the struggles in her life have been chosen by her and have grown her faith. She also shares her struggles that have blindsided her, specifically a health issue in her own family. Kristen walks through how she reconciles these issues in her life with her steadfast faith in Christ. For me, personally, this book resonated with my family's journey through foster care and adoption. So much of what she says hit me right where I am, including the quote, "I don't want easy, it's just not good for the soul." This book is for everyone. We all have difficulties, whether big or small, intentional or sudden. I pray you pick up this book and let it bless you on your journey through the mountains in your own life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christa Held

    Kristen's latest book, Made to Move Mountains, hit me right in the heart (not unlike her other books <3). If you've ever hit some hard times (who hasn't), wanted to give up (that too), or wondered when is there an 'easy year', you'll appreciate her tender words and reminder of God's authority and plan for our lives. She says things like, "God likes bad odds". Girl, how true is this. Every single time I think I'm in the weeds, under the gun, out in the cold, He shows up and moves a mountain. Not i Kristen's latest book, Made to Move Mountains, hit me right in the heart (not unlike her other books <3). If you've ever hit some hard times (who hasn't), wanted to give up (that too), or wondered when is there an 'easy year', you'll appreciate her tender words and reminder of God's authority and plan for our lives. She says things like, "God likes bad odds". Girl, how true is this. Every single time I think I'm in the weeds, under the gun, out in the cold, He shows up and moves a mountain. Not in my time, not always in my way, but ALWAYS!! This is a gentle reminder (and possibly conviction) that we are called into obedience, not ease. "God created us to do hard things. We don't climb mountains because we're capable; we climb mountains because in our obedience, God moves them." I'm certain this should be tattooed on my eyelids so I don't ever forget. If you are in the midst of a climb, nearing the top or rolling down the backside of the mountain, this book will fill you with energy and encouragement for the trip. "Some days, we need to look behind us to see how many mountains we've already scaled." Because if you aren't in a struggle, it's coming!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    “There are countless mountains in my rear view, and they stand as memorials of what God has done in the past and as reminders of what God will do in the future.” p 198 I’ve been a fan of Kristen Welch’s work through Mercy House for years without knowing much about her, other than the great work she started to bring hope to women in Africa and to champion Fair Trade products that provide livelihoods for women around the world. Mercy House Global is one of my favorite online shops and my daughter a “There are countless mountains in my rear view, and they stand as memorials of what God has done in the past and as reminders of what God will do in the future.” p 198 I’ve been a fan of Kristen Welch’s work through Mercy House for years without knowing much about her, other than the great work she started to bring hope to women in Africa and to champion Fair Trade products that provide livelihoods for women around the world. Mercy House Global is one of my favorite online shops and my daughter and are LOVE our Fair Trade Friday subscription, especially the inspiring stories of hope and growth that come with each product. Made to Move Mountains gave me a glimpse into the love and labor that has gone into Mercy House as well as much inspiration on how to tackle life when trials loom large and we feel inadequate to the task. I was inspired by Kristen’s faith to continue to move mountains when resources are limited and the work is tiring. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look into women’s lives who are positively changed by Mercy House as well as Kristen’s stories about her own faith and family. It was a great reminder of the need to trust in God when things get hard.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Ricci

    3.5 Stars (Rounded Up) I really did enjoy this book. I've been reading a lot of books in the same vein of thought/purpose. I enjoyed her voice - this book reads as if someone is really talking to you and sharing their life directly to you. However, I did feel like she was quoting others A LOT. I mean the quotes were good (most from books I've also read previously) but it was A LOT of quotes and references. There was a point where I thought yes, but what do YOU have to say about it? I understand s 3.5 Stars (Rounded Up) I really did enjoy this book. I've been reading a lot of books in the same vein of thought/purpose. I enjoyed her voice - this book reads as if someone is really talking to you and sharing their life directly to you. However, I did feel like she was quoting others A LOT. I mean the quotes were good (most from books I've also read previously) but it was A LOT of quotes and references. There was a point where I thought yes, but what do YOU have to say about it? I understand sometimes it's already been said, but some chapters felt like she just expounded on someone else's thoughts for the whole chapter. I really enjoyed when I could tell it was her writing and not just paraphrasing or expounding on other peoples thoughts. I do feel like we are kindred spirits - her heart for justice and obedience resonated strongly with me. All in all a very encouraging and uplifting book. Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adrianne

    I have read all of Kristen Welch's books and read her blog daily. It is amazing how each of her books have released at just the time I needed them. This books main symbolism was mountains. To summarize what I got from the book is this, we all have mountains. God doesn't compare our mountains they are all important to Him, however he let's us see the mountains of others so that we can gain perspective. This perspective doesn't negate our mountain, it humanizes us all. I have read all of Kristen Welch's books and read her blog daily. It is amazing how each of her books have released at just the time I needed them. This books main symbolism was mountains. To summarize what I got from the book is this, we all have mountains. God doesn't compare our mountains they are all important to Him, however he let's us see the mountains of others so that we can gain perspective. This perspective doesn't negate our mountain, it humanizes us all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I appreciate Kristen’s writing style. Her willingness to share her weariness and wins as she continues her ministry is helpful for a person like me. I, too, am pursuing the path I believe I am called to. It is where my talent and my burden collide. I needed this encouragement and the challenge to get over fears and just go for it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mariale & Pieter Dros

    I started to follow Kristen not too long ago but her previuos books and podcast caught my heart. Made to move mountains is really challenging me in so many different ways. It is also inspiring me to live a life of generous justice and say yes to God even when i think i can't make it. If you are feeling small, powerless and lost i am sure that through Kristen's testimonies God will encourage you to go and Move your mountains I started to follow Kristen not too long ago but her previuos books and podcast caught my heart. Made to move mountains is really challenging me in so many different ways. It is also inspiring me to live a life of generous justice and say yes to God even when i think i can't make it. If you are feeling small, powerless and lost i am sure that through Kristen's testimonies God will encourage you to go and Move your mountains

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book is both encouraging and convicting, comforting and challenging. As you read, it’s easy to imagine sitting across the table from Kristen and sipping a cup of coffee as she shares her heart about the difficulties and joys of climbing mountains. Ultimately, Kristen points to God and trusting Him to help us conquer the mountains in our lives.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana Sheets

    This book is so good that I didn’t want to put it down. The transparency and heart that Kristen writes with is phenomenal! This book helped remind me that we are not created for comfort, but for serving and doing. The way this book reads is like a novel-I was so sad to have it come to an end because I wanted to follow Kristen up more mountains; but have been inspired to step out and move toward some of the mountains in my view! Thank you for your heart Kristen and your willingness to follow God This book is so good that I didn’t want to put it down. The transparency and heart that Kristen writes with is phenomenal! This book helped remind me that we are not created for comfort, but for serving and doing. The way this book reads is like a novel-I was so sad to have it come to an end because I wanted to follow Kristen up more mountains; but have been inspired to step out and move toward some of the mountains in my view! Thank you for your heart Kristen and your willingness to follow God by saying yes!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jolanthe Erb

    Kristen Welch is one author that always has an automatic spot in my reading pile. While her latest book isn't my favorite of those she has written, it is still timely and worth the read. The release date coincided with COVID-19, so part of my review may hinge on that - everything was in upheaval and for me that made it a little bit harder to delve into. Not her fault - that falls on me and a crazy lack of focus. Also, as a mom of older kids, I understand the need for privacy and protection of va Kristen Welch is one author that always has an automatic spot in my reading pile. While her latest book isn't my favorite of those she has written, it is still timely and worth the read. The release date coincided with COVID-19, so part of my review may hinge on that - everything was in upheaval and for me that made it a little bit harder to delve into. Not her fault - that falls on me and a crazy lack of focus. Also, as a mom of older kids, I understand the need for privacy and protection of various situations with our kids, but since I almost view Kristen as a friend (comes from years of reading her blog and all her books and our age of technology), it is hard when a subject is broached in the book...but then not "resolved" at all (or feels like it isn't). Again, this is partly on me, but I'd personally rather not have something be an example when it can't be fully explained. Kristen is nothing short of authentic in her writing though! That said, Made to Move Mountains is a book that will encourage readers to consider the long-term impact the "mountains" in our life provide: both their purpose and provision.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Incredible book about how God ultimately moves us toward Him if we’ll let Him In her new book, “Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible,” Kristen Welch tells us, as believers, that we are made for more than we too often just settle for, or put up with, in our Christian lives. Published by Baker Books, Welch’s 224-page book is a clarion call for us to get out of our comfort zones – especially if we ever expect to truly grow and bear fruit in our Chri Incredible book about how God ultimately moves us toward Him if we’ll let Him In her new book, “Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible,” Kristen Welch tells us, as believers, that we are made for more than we too often just settle for, or put up with, in our Christian lives. Published by Baker Books, Welch’s 224-page book is a clarion call for us to get out of our comfort zones – especially if we ever expect to truly grow and bear fruit in our Christian lives: “God often keeps the circumstances the same. He doesn’t move mountains – He moves us. He asks us to go through the mountains to overcome them (page 131).” Using examples from her own life, Welch started to see her disasters as mountains not only to be climbed, but also to be gone through – even if she had to start digging them with a spoon. “Life is full of twists and turns, setbacks and successes,” she writes (page 24). “Every one of them will lead us back to Jesus if we let them. Whether we are on the mountaintop or in a low valley, God uses what we endure to draw us closer to Him.” She also writes, “The moment you are ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle occurs. Faith produces hope (page 42).” When getting disappointed in herself concerning the venture, Mercy House, she and her husband, Terrell, have been involved in, and getting overwhelmed by the task of fundraising after they returned from a sabbatical, she writes (page 63): “Why did I forget that God meets me in the mountains, on the difficult climbs, at the place when I’m most desperate for Him? That He proves Himself and is glorified by miraculously moving the mountains in our way?” Regarding their trips to Kenya, she writes, “What would entice me to go deeper and deeper over my head? It can only be because God often reveals His will by giving us dreams we didn’t know we wanted and asking us to scale mountains we didn’t think we could climb – He beckons because it’s where His glory is revealed (page 116).” What’s also unique about this book is, at the end of each chapter, Welch includes a ‘Mountaintop Moment’ section where she summarizes the chapter, asks the reader some questions, and provides a page for readers to journal their thoughts about what was just discussed. Overall, Welch’s book is well-written, insightful and shows us perhaps the biggest mountain of all we have to move as Christians to clearly see our Lord in our dreams and disasters – ourselves. It’s about how God ultimately and continually moves us toward Him if we’ll let Him. I gave Welch’s book a 5 out of 5 stars. Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received an advanced copy of this book free through the Baker Books Bloggers Program. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review. © 2020 by Doug S., M.A.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Made to Move Mountains is not only just a visually beautiful book, but one woven together with beautiful stories of trials, joys, redemption, and overcoming insurmountable odds. I’ve had the great blessing to read other books written by Kristen Welch, and like the others, Made to Move Mountains does not disappoint. Written from a place of raw vulnerability, Kristen invites us along on a journey through some of the largest mountains in her life, highlighting God’s faithfulness in all circumstance Made to Move Mountains is not only just a visually beautiful book, but one woven together with beautiful stories of trials, joys, redemption, and overcoming insurmountable odds. I’ve had the great blessing to read other books written by Kristen Welch, and like the others, Made to Move Mountains does not disappoint. Written from a place of raw vulnerability, Kristen invites us along on a journey through some of the largest mountains in her life, highlighting God’s faithfulness in all circumstances. This book is not a feel-good, happy-go-lucky, you’ve-got-this story. Instead, Kristen digs into what it means to scale the mountains God places in life. She doesn’t leave out the gritty, imperfect moments, nor does she offer platitudes that all will be fine. Instead, she opens her heart to us readers, sharing her struggles during the climb. At the beginning of this book, Kristen notes that mountains fall into two categories: dreams and disasters. “Dreams are the mountains we don’t have to climb but long to for some (often crazy) reason. Disasters are the mountains that we would never choose to climb.” Both require great strength, resilience, determination, and faithfulness. Both can come about unexpected, or may be seen coming from a distance. And both lead to challenges, unanswered questions, and doubt. In Made to Move Mountains, Kristen shows what it means to trust God through the mountains in our lives. She reminds us that God likes bad odds, and often relied on incredibly imperfect people in the Bible to achieve some of the greatest tasks. Almost none of the major characters in the Bible were the ideal candidates for the jobs they were given. And yet, God chose them. He led them. He equipped them. And he will do the same for us when we face our own mountains. Each chapter comes with a “mountaintop moment”, which is an opportunity for digging into relevant scripture and mulling over a few questions or challenges. There is even space for journaling with each chapter, which is a fantastic way to process what’s happening as we move our own mountains. I can easily recommend this book to those facing mountains in their own lives. Whether it’s the formidable and tantalizing mountain of a yet-to-be-realized dream, or the terrifying mountain of a disaster we wish we would never face, Kristen’s words are balm to the soul. Her honesty and vulnerability in sharing some of her own mountains highlight how impossible overcoming a mountain may seem. And yet, as the title suggests, God created us to move mountains. Time and again, Kristen shares how this has been true in her own life, and the impact of her obedience is incredible.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Alarie

    Made to Move Mountains How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible is an honest look at Kristen Welch’s journey climbing mountains. It’s part memoir, part insight, part scripture, and one hundred percent inspiration. Author Kristen Welch’s life is the perfect example of what a life led by obedience to God looks like. She’s not at the unfathomable Mother Teresa level. Ms. Welch is an everyday woman who’s serving God as her first priority. She opens a window into her life to Made to Move Mountains How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible is an honest look at Kristen Welch’s journey climbing mountains. It’s part memoir, part insight, part scripture, and one hundred percent inspiration. Author Kristen Welch’s life is the perfect example of what a life led by obedience to God looks like. She’s not at the unfathomable Mother Teresa level. Ms. Welch is an everyday woman who’s serving God as her first priority. She opens a window into her life to show the reader how we’re all made to move mountains. The mountains Ms. Welch has climbed in launching and running her Mercy House Global organization is nothing short of inspiring. And it’s all in obedience to God. Made to Move Mountains uses mountain climbing scenarios to make poignant points. Ms. Welch’s life experiences show that the journey is not easy, but the climb is worth it. Chapters such as Rejoicing in the Impossible, The Best View Means the Highest Climb, and Rainbows in the Rain all use examples from Ms. Welch’s personal journey. Her obedience, endurance, and strength are commendable and inspirational. Ms. Welch uses Scripture to supplement her anecdotes. She also tells biblical and current-day stories about how God uses ordinary people to accomplish the seemingly impossible. The “Mountaintop Moments” at the end of each chapter help readers reflect and imagine bringing these concepts into their own lives. I rated this book at 4.5/5 stars on my website and rounded to 5/5 stars when half stars are not allowed. How this book affected me: In my own Christian journey, I’ve been nervous to give a resounding ‘YES’ to Jesus for fear of the path He will request of me. I found Made to Move Mountains especially inspirational because Ms. Welch gave her resounding ‘YES’ and she doesn’t mince words about the difficulty of the journey. But she also admits the extreme reward. I enjoyed her powerful and raw testimony. Who would enjoy this book: Readers who want to say ‘YES’ to Jesus or who just want to handle the obstacles of life with better discernment or fortitude would enjoy Made to Move Mountains. Anyone looking to move forward in their Christian journey would benefit from this book. Our Christian Book Reviews: The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books - adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. We're proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read an ARC from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review is my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Viola

    Mountains - AKA, difficult situations - are faced by each one of us at one time or another. Mountains are those circumstances which seem impossible and unyielding to change. And yet, God asks us to believe that He alone is able to move them. In her latest book, Made to Move Mountains, Kristen Welch delivers an inspiring book which will challenge its readers to climb those mountains because God is with you and will make the way. The book is a reminder of how God is glorified in the midst of difficu Mountains - AKA, difficult situations - are faced by each one of us at one time or another. Mountains are those circumstances which seem impossible and unyielding to change. And yet, God asks us to believe that He alone is able to move them. In her latest book, Made to Move Mountains, Kristen Welch delivers an inspiring book which will challenge its readers to climb those mountains because God is with you and will make the way. The book is a reminder of how God is glorified in the midst of difficulties and is always at work on our behalf and for our good. It's a call, a challenge to remember how God positions exactly where we need to be to hear Him, to see Him at work, and to grow us in Himself. "God sees us, He knows where we are and what we are doing. He pursues us. He prepares us. He puts people in our paths. He pushes us out of our comfort zones and puts us in places where we can hear Him." (from page 45) He does so to call us to lives that matter and will make a difference. He invites us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and for the benefit of others. As we face mountains, we most often pray for God to remove them. But what would happen if we prayed, believing and trusting, the mountain is there for purposes beyond ourselves and to help us grow, grow a greater faith. Maybe the mountain is not meant to be a blockage or obstacle but instead an opportunity to be used in the future and in the life of someone else. Each chapter is both encouraging and challenging as it closes with a section titled, "Mountaintop Moment" and several questions to think and journal. I really enjoyed the book and the reminder God uses all things in the lives of His people: "God comforts us in our hard and heartbreaking seasons, and he brings good from the bad in our lives. He is refining us. It may not happen in the way we want it to, but God will move the mountains in our lives." (from page 67) ** I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Krista D

    Kristen Welch's new book "Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams an Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible" challenges, encourages, and guides readers to really consider the impact and purpose of mountains in their life that they face (either by choice/dream or un-chosen challenges that surprise). Throughout the book she authentically walks readers through personal stories of mountains of all types that author Kristen and her family have faced. She also delves into scripture and includes Kristen Welch's new book "Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams an Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible" challenges, encourages, and guides readers to really consider the impact and purpose of mountains in their life that they face (either by choice/dream or un-chosen challenges that surprise). Throughout the book she authentically walks readers through personal stories of mountains of all types that author Kristen and her family have faced. She also delves into scripture and includes stories of faith to help readers consider how God uses mountains in faith journeys to shape/grow faith and often impact others for the kingdom, whether the mountain is one chosen by stepping out of ones comfort zone (like chasing a God-given dream) or a mountain that is un-chosen, surprising or knocking one down (like a disaster). She authentically shares the hard faith lessons she has learned on her own faith journey as well as her families ministry through Mercy House Global, encouraging readers to step out in their own faith and grow, even when staying stationary at the bottom of mountain might seem like a "safer" choice. Larger themes covered in the book include identifying life's mountains, climbing instead of running/ignoring, the impact of climbing life's mountains with Jesus by your side, grieving the mountains you face (especially those unexpected/blindsiding ones), noticing the small mercies along the way (seeing God at work), taking the next step from where you are, and so much more. Each chapter includes questions to contemplate and apply to your own life as well as a journal page to keep notes, helping this to be more than just a book that you read but a faith journey you take yourself. I have enjoyed other books by Kristen Welch and this one does not disappoint. This book has the potential to encourage and build up readers if many walks of life, leading them closer in to the God, making enduring mountains and even moving mountains possible. *I was given an early release copy of this book as part of the launch team. My review and my words are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aurelia Mast-glick

    I will read anything Kristen Welch writes. This is her fourth book and I've read three of them and I need to read her first book, Rhinestone Jesus. Her books are easy to read, practical and full of stories that help make the lessons come alive. We all face mountains in our lives and everyone's mountain is different. Some are big, some are not so big, but they all need to be faced and climbed. Perspective can make such a big difference in how these mountains are handled. Kristen is honest about her I will read anything Kristen Welch writes. This is her fourth book and I've read three of them and I need to read her first book, Rhinestone Jesus. Her books are easy to read, practical and full of stories that help make the lessons come alive. We all face mountains in our lives and everyone's mountain is different. Some are big, some are not so big, but they all need to be faced and climbed. Perspective can make such a big difference in how these mountains are handled. Kristen is honest about her life and her mountains. She has chosen to dedicate her life to helping empower impoverished women around the world by creating things that are then sold online, in store and through Fair Trade Friday subscription boxes. It's a fascinating work called Mercy House Global. It started as a dream to help young, pregnant women in Kenya have a safe place to have their babies and it grew from there. There are so many quotes I could give from this book that were so good and so pertinent to my life, but I will only give a couple. I would recommend you go get the book and read it for yourself. I know this book made me want to look around to see and help my neighbor and also to gain the correct perspective and not give up as I climb up my mountain. "It's too easy to forget that much of what we enjoy today is what we asked God for yesterday." "But when we go - even in fear and doubt and with a dab of dread - we let go of control. We remind ourselves God is in charge. We may be uncomfortable, but in this dynamic, we remember the beauty of saying yes. Behind every fear, a miracle is waiting." "Can we know the beauty of happiness until we've tasted a bit of sorrow? Can we know the height of success unless we have tasted the depth of loss? Can we truly appreciate the miracles if we haven't first faced the mountains? It's in our loss that we come to understand our gain." I really enjoyed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. This book was given me by Baker Books for the purpose of reading and writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Liles

    At the time that I write this a pandemic has taken a vise-like grip on the world. There are those told by their nation, their state, their leaders to -- in short -- "Stay calm and carry on." I find that it's not only a great segue into Kristen Welch's book about being made to move mountains, but that in this time our focus ought to be on the One who heals all when we look at Him. He told Nicodemus, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that e At the time that I write this a pandemic has taken a vise-like grip on the world. There are those told by their nation, their state, their leaders to -- in short -- "Stay calm and carry on." I find that it's not only a great segue into Kristen Welch's book about being made to move mountains, but that in this time our focus ought to be on the One who heals all when we look at Him. He told Nicodemus, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15, Berean Study) If you feel somehow discouraged and overwhelmed as a result, fear not for we have the same One who said those words say to Joshua the son of Nun, say to him, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9, New King James). Kristen Welch does an amazing job using similar points in her book Made to Move Mountains. When the going gets tough, it's a sign it's time to get on our knees and pray to the Lord for help in moving the mountain. For with great faith comes an even greater responsibility to pray for everyone around us. We should pray for our neighbors, good and bad, for those who make decisions daily on our behalf, for God to show them kindness and wisdom in governance. And also we need to pray that He also gives us a tender mercy to be kind to one another, and that fits even with everything Kristen Welch gets at in this book, too. Overall, I do believe the advice she gives in this book is of help. Even greater are the words the Lord gives us in His Holy Book, the Bible. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I can't think of a better time for a book like this to release than, right here, right now, as we are all dealing with the effects of the coronavirus. Some of us are dealing with being homebound for the first time, others are experiencing job loss and financial difficulty, others are battling anxiety and worry over a loved one potentially contracting the virus, or maybe they have already lost someone to the virus. Whatever the case may be, life is feeling extra hard right about now, and there ar I can't think of a better time for a book like this to release than, right here, right now, as we are all dealing with the effects of the coronavirus. Some of us are dealing with being homebound for the first time, others are experiencing job loss and financial difficulty, others are battling anxiety and worry over a loved one potentially contracting the virus, or maybe they have already lost someone to the virus. Whatever the case may be, life is feeling extra hard right about now, and there are mountains which seem to be rising up every harder before our eyes on a daily basis.  This is one of the reasons I am so grateful for Kristen Welch's brand new book, "Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams And Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible".  This book is part-memoir, part-Bible study journey. Kristen shares the ups and downs of her family's founding the ministry of Mercy House Global, her child's health concerns, financial difficulties, and so much more in this candid retelling of the mountains that have loomed large in Kristen's life. At the same time, she also walks us through Scripture to teach us not only the character of God, but also show how He has worked in the past to move mountains in His people's lives time and time again.  By the time you get to the last page of this book, you will feel so fired up and encouraged, so inspired and motivated to trust in the Lord, walk by faith, and believe that no mountain that could ever arise in your life could prove to large for our Mighty God. We will either move those mountains or change you as you move through them. This book will lift your spirits, be a balm to your soul, and encourage your heart. I highly recommend it! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Prairie Sky Book Reviews

    Are you in search of a book that will help you grow in your faith and challenge you to see the obstacles and difficulties in your life as an opportunity to climb closer to God? “Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible” is a beautiful, soul-wrenching book that was written by Kristen Welch and published by BakerBooks. It is clear with every sentence that Kristen truly lives out the words of wisdom she shares with her readers - not perfectly, not a Are you in search of a book that will help you grow in your faith and challenge you to see the obstacles and difficulties in your life as an opportunity to climb closer to God? “Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible” is a beautiful, soul-wrenching book that was written by Kristen Welch and published by BakerBooks. It is clear with every sentence that Kristen truly lives out the words of wisdom she shares with her readers - not perfectly, not always gracefully, and many times she wants to quit - but in the end, her faith sustains her. And she wants to help us grow in this kind of faith too. I adored her warm writing style, and each chapter was both an encouragement and a challenge to me. Did you know that mountains are mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible? I tend to think of mountains in my life as a punishment or as something to get past as quickly as possible, but this book helped me to realize that mountains are purposefully placed in our lives during a particular season and for a particular reason. And God always moves mountains when we ask Him to. No, it’s not always in the way we want or at the time we desire, but He is with us every step of every climb, urging us to let go and let Him help us. There is sooooo much more in “Made to Move Mountains” that I would love to share with you, but I just encourage you to read it for yourself. It is packed to overflowing with wisdom and grace for everyone who feels as though she has a mountain before her that is just too big to ever scale. That’s the perfect place to be, because it is at times like this that God loves to show us exactly what He can do when we trust Him. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jolene Elizabeth Burnett

    Made to Move Mountains is an inspiring book written by Kristen Welch.  She opens with this very important question, do we want to see mountains move for our own glory or for God's glory? It is these type of questions that encourage introspection and prayer that make this book is a powerful read. I will admit something that I have learned about myself in recent years. I can be at times an individual that is full of fear. Kristen states,"Behind every fear a miracle is waiting." She also shares the Made to Move Mountains is an inspiring book written by Kristen Welch.  She opens with this very important question, do we want to see mountains move for our own glory or for God's glory? It is these type of questions that encourage introspection and prayer that make this book is a powerful read. I will admit something that I have learned about myself in recent years. I can be at times an individual that is full of fear. Kristen states,"Behind every fear a miracle is waiting." She also shares the encouragement, "On the precipice of every miracle is a desperate need for Jesus." Kristen shares a quote from John Eldrige  that it easy to believe that in a dark season that things have always been this way or will always be this way. It is important to remember God's faithfulness in the past and that He will be faithful in the present and future. I need to remember where to place my focus in dark seasons. If I look at my circumstances I will be discouraged. If I look at my Savior I will be encouraged and find rest and peace in Him. Kristen reminded me that their is a purpose to the pain in our lives. God will use whatever is going on in our lives to draw others into life-changing relationship with Him. This truth is very comforting as it is my prayer concerning trials that my children and I walked through a couple of years ago. I pray that God uses my story to bring Him glory and draw others to Him. The mountains that God has brought us over in the past stand as testaments of God's work in our lives, and we can trust that He will continue to work in the future. Kristen reminded me, "The destination is not the victory. Faith in Jesus is our victory."  I would recommend this book to anyone who dreams of moving mountains in any area of their life. I received this book for free as part of the Baker Book Bloggers program. All opinions are my own

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Kristen Welch shares how big dreams and unexpected disasters can be mountains in life that we often must climb. The book is a raw, honest look at how these challenges can be used by God for the growth of our faith, His glory, and the salvation of others. Welch continuously points back to our need to trust in Jesus. She doesn’t end every story she shares (or even the entire book) with a neat bow that wraps everything up, but rather reminds us that we don’t always know the end and part of faith me Kristen Welch shares how big dreams and unexpected disasters can be mountains in life that we often must climb. The book is a raw, honest look at how these challenges can be used by God for the growth of our faith, His glory, and the salvation of others. Welch continuously points back to our need to trust in Jesus. She doesn’t end every story she shares (or even the entire book) with a neat bow that wraps everything up, but rather reminds us that we don’t always know the end and part of faith means trusting God even without our desired outcome. This book encourages you to lean on God when the unexpected happens and to obey Him even when it’s difficult. It wasn’t an easy read, but a though-provoking challenge. Each chapter ends with questions to consider and space to journal, so you can reflect and apply what you’ve read to your own life. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone with a desire to grow in their faith as they face challenges in life. My complaints are primarily technical. There are times when the book has many (or lengthy) quotes from other writers without much additional reflection on their words. The quotes are meaningful and relevant to the topic, I just found it a bit clunky to read at times. Something I found confusing were some of the passages where Welch is talking about her children. At times there are names and other times it is a phrase like “my 12-year-old,” so by the end of the book I still didn’t know who was who and thought she had 4 children. (Perhaps she writes that she has 3 and I forgot. I suspect that if I had read any of her other books or followed her blog I would not have had this problem.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon E.

    Kristen Welch has written a book that will speak to both the timid and the risk taker. The person who thinks there is something God might want for her to do, and the one who is already in the trenches. She speaks to the frustrations within us: “One minute I feel as if I am just getting started on this journey with God, and I am full of audacious plans; the next minute I’m angry at him for getting me into this mess.” Reminds us of how God works: “God wants us to trust him so much that we will do Kristen Welch has written a book that will speak to both the timid and the risk taker. The person who thinks there is something God might want for her to do, and the one who is already in the trenches. She speaks to the frustrations within us: “One minute I feel as if I am just getting started on this journey with God, and I am full of audacious plans; the next minute I’m angry at him for getting me into this mess.” Reminds us of how God works: “God wants us to trust him so much that we will do what he tells us, even when it goes against what feels right. God want our obedience because he fights battles in a way that brings glory to him instead of to us.” Calls us to action: “It’s not too late to do that one thing that scares you. It’s not too late to say I’m sorry. It’s not too late to take a risk. It’s not too late to obey God. It’s not too late to make today one that you won’t regret.” The call at the end of the book reminds us of who we are and why God created us. “You were made to move mountains. It is your purpose, your destiny. God created you to do what no one else can accomplish. He takes your unique gifts, your personality, and your past, and he places you in a position to do something only you can do. Your faith will increase on the climb. It will be hard and discouraging, overwhelming and difficult, but it will be worth it. It matters.” Kristen calls us to obedience and reminds us that we can do what God asks of us. This book will encourage you on your way.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Jesus changes everything is a title of a chapter in the book Made to Move Mountains. I think it summed up the book nicely as well. When we are walking with Jesus, anything can happen, even mountains thrown into the sea. Kristen Welch has discipled me in a way with her last three books and this one is no different. It is a call to walk with Jesus everyday and not waste our lives. The road may be bumpy and hard along the way, but Jesus promises to be with us. The Welch family has created a materni Jesus changes everything is a title of a chapter in the book Made to Move Mountains. I think it summed up the book nicely as well. When we are walking with Jesus, anything can happen, even mountains thrown into the sea. Kristen Welch has discipled me in a way with her last three books and this one is no different. It is a call to walk with Jesus everyday and not waste our lives. The road may be bumpy and hard along the way, but Jesus promises to be with us. The Welch family has created a maternity home in Kenya and helped 50 girls out of poverty and rough situations. Kristen encourages us that we can do big and small things as well and when we walk with Jesus we will be seeing miracles. Here is my favorite line from the book: "I believe God can do the impossible without us. He is God, after all; he can do anything. But he often invites us into the miracle. He allows us to be a part of it so that our faith will increase, so that people will see the impossible made possible, and above all, so that he will be glorified. I have wondered how often my refusal to obey, my hesitancy to go, or my action altered by my fear has kept the impossible impossible. How many opportunities have I missed to witness the miraculous because I didn't listen or wouldn't obey? God, remove the scales from our eyes so that we may see you clearly." I hope that you find this book as inspiring as I did and I hope that you take the steps that Jesus is asking you to along the way. It is so amazing that God is inviting us in on His miracles!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    What is your mountain? Let's be honest, we all have them. Whether it is a dream we hope to accomplish or an obstacle that we have to get over... life is made up of series of mountains that we have to overcome. If you are currently facing your own mountain- no matter how big or how small- Kristen Welch's new book is one you'll want to check out. I love that this book is written not by someone who has it all figured out, but by someone who is right there with us making the same climb. Rather than What is your mountain? Let's be honest, we all have them. Whether it is a dream we hope to accomplish or an obstacle that we have to get over... life is made up of series of mountains that we have to overcome. If you are currently facing your own mountain- no matter how big or how small- Kristen Welch's new book is one you'll want to check out. I love that this book is written not by someone who has it all figured out, but by someone who is right there with us making the same climb. Rather than feeling as though we are being preached to, we truly do feel like we're going on a journey together. I don''t know about you, but I feel like I more readily respond to messages written as such. It features a good mix of personal stories with biblical references, as well as words of wisdom from other Christian writers. At the end of each chapter, you will find the 'Mountaintop Moment'... questions that will allow us to dig deeper into our own dreams and obstacles and better apply what we've read to our lives. There is also one full journal page to jot down those thoughts as well. This is a really nice addition, though you might find if you tend to get a little wordy like myself, it won't be quite enough space... still, a great start and a great feature anyway. If you are facing mountains that seem too big to move, this book can serve as a great reminder that while they may be too big on your own--- God can move any mountain. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

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