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dispatchesThere’s nothing fancy about the man. He’s not famous. In fact, unless you’ve watched the Dispatches from the Front DVD series, you’ve probably never heard of him—and even if you have, you probably didn’t catch his name. He’s quiet and unassuming. He’s humble and without guile. He’s a faithful and ordinary man who serves an extraordinary God. His name is Tim Keesee, author of the new book, Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places.

There’s a certain world-weariness etched onto his face as he has spent years crisscrossing the globe, visiting and supporting and documenting the church around the world. But if you look closer, there is unmistakable joy. You can see it in the warmth of his smile and the twinkle of his eye and the welcome of his embrace as he greets a new brother and a new sister on the other side of the world and worships with yet another outpost of the global family of God. If the new heavens and the new earth will be filled with the redeemed from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9), then Tim Keesee has gotten a foretaste of the world to come.

In his new book you will have a front-row seat to the most important work in history, as the great news of a bloody sacrifice turned risen King transforms lives around the world. You’ll follow along with Tim’s journeys over the past several years as he travels from the former Soviet Republics to the Balkans, from China to Southeast Asia, from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, from the Horn of Africa to Egypt, from Afghanistan to Iraq. You’ll see the joy and the sorrow, the pleasure and the pain, as he sees the glory of the gospel revealed afresh and yet still mourns the danger and bondage of soul-destroying sin.

No one will be reached with the gospel unless we go to them. Because no one will “hear without someone preaching” (Rom. 10:14), we must “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations [Greek, ethnē, or people groups]” (Matt. 28:19). In order to do this, some of us are called to “send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God” (3 John 1:6). But whether you are a go-er or a send-er, none of us can see it all. We can only get a small glimpse of the kingdom based on where God has called us to serve. That is why I am excited for you to read this book. You can read it straight through or skip around according to your interests. But as you do, you will see the curtain pulled back on the glorious and unstoppable advance of the gospel. This is a dangerous book to read, for you may never be the same.

Come and see.

Here is a video preview of the book’s introduction:

Go here for more information about this captivating book.

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Justin Taylor, PhD

Justin Taylor is executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway and blogs at Between Two Worlds. You can follow him on Twitter.

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