Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Would Die for You

Authors: Brent and Deanna Higgins
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3244-8
Inspirational/youth/Christian living

BJ Higgins was fifteen years old when he went on a mission trip. While there, he unfortunately contracted an infection on the mission field, which ultimately killed him. But even as his illness progressed, BJ was all about God, witnessing to others, and praising Him with every breath.

I WOULD DIE FOR YOU is the celebration of BJ’s life, written by BJ’s journals and blogs, as well as stories from family and friends. Even the lead singer of Mercy Me remembers BJ and wrote a song to honor BJ’s life.

I found I WOULD DIE FOR YOU rather disjointed and hard to follow, as the time-line seemed to be all over the place. Still, the book is written as though Brent and Deanna were sitting right across the living room from you, cuddling on the couch, while remembering their son and the stories of his life—jumping from time period to time period as the memory hit—kind of like one would after a funeral when visiting with the family, sharing your random memories.

For such a young man, BJ put the cause of Christ above himself. His room was filled with posters exalting God, and even now after his death, some are treating it as a shrine where they go to be closer to the God that BJ loved.

I have never been on a mission trip and probably will never go on one, but I have to admire all the sacrifices that BJ made for the sake of the kingdom. Read his story to be inspired and challenged to live each day making a difference for God. Pictures are scattered randomly through the book. $12.99. 224 pages.

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