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Book: Eternity through the Rearview Mirror: How Simple Faith Changes Everything–Seventeen Extraordinary Lives
Author: Annette Hubbell
Publisher: Credo House Publishers, 2019
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hubbell, Annette. Eternity through the Rearview Mirror: How Simple Faith Changes Everything–Seventeen Extraordinary Lives (published in 2019 by Credo House Publishers, a division of Credo Communications LLC, Grand Rapids, MI). What does it take to be a world changer? Author Annette Hubbell gives us seventeen chapters each one on a different historical figure, from Galileo Galilei to Johnny Cash, with his or her own unique story to tell. Some of them, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, John Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Corrie ten Boom, and C. S. Lewis, are quite famous, while others, like Elizabeth Fry, Amy Carmichael, Mary McLeod Bethune, Gladys Aylward, and Louis Zamperini, are less well known. What binds them all together is a strong faith in God. The lives of these once-ordinary people who discovered the secret to living an extraordinary life are told in heart-to-heart, first-person conversations which illustrate how we can experience the transformative power of ordinary faith. There is an eighteenth chapter, “Your Name Here,” which is a call to action.
These heroes are not presented as paragons of perfection. Like all of us, they made their share of mistakes during their lifetimes. Various readers will not always agree with every decision which they reached and/or every action which they took. For example, many believers may have some strong doctrinal, and perhaps even moral, differences with the teachings and lifestyle of Aimee Semple McPherson. At the same time, the book shows how these simple men and women with all their quirks and weaknesses could be used by God through both their struggles and successes to accomplish good things in their generation. Hubbell’s first book, A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime blessings in Bite-Sized Pieces, was recently awarded the 2018 Illumination Award, given for exemplary Christian writing, in the family/parenting division.
For Eternity Through the Rearview Mirror, the author really must have had to do a lot of in-depth research to let the story-teller’s colloquialisms and “voice” come through. There are a few common euphemisms (“Lordy” and “darn,” for example). However, each chapter includes direct quotations (in italics) from the person’s own words, as well as pointers to URL’s for museums, documents, and other sources so that one can dig deeper as wanted. Also, in the back of the book there are extensive footnotes to document everything. Readers will not only make the acquaintance of individuals who were previously unknown to them and discover new information about more familiar characters, but also gain valuable insights into what motivated these folks and how their faith was important to their journeys.