A Young Man's Reckless Journey to Save the World
by Amy Hollingsworth and Jonathan Hollingsworth
"Runaway Radical is a captivating and embodied warning of what happens when shame-based discipleship twists the mission of God. An important and timely book." ~Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastoral leader at Little Flowers Community, and author of "Vulnerable Faith"
A young idealist heeds the call to radical obedience and travels halfway around the world. Among the poor and the fatherless of West Africa, he has only surrendered to a new kind of captivity.
"Absent from all the literature urging young Christians to follow God to another part of the world and make disciples, was this: What happens when God doesn't show up?"
"This mother-and-son page-turner also serves the reader as an important mirror: in it, we see grace and truth simultaneously heal both denial and the profound pain when denial is stripped away." ~Brad Jersak, editor, professor at Westminster Theological Centre
"Christians don’t like stories with less-than-happy endings. In fact, many Christians don’t want to believe that anything done in God’s name can end badly. Stories like mine don't make it very far because Christian culture is dead-set on controlling the narrative."
Amy Hollingsworth is the author of five books and co-authored "Runaway Radical" with her son, Jonathan. Visit her website to learn more.
What happens when we give up everything to live the radical Christian life and — unlike the advertisements we’ve read in the form of best-selling books — we get crushed, shut down, crucified?
Rebecca Florence Miller
The Hollingsworths have done us a great service with this book. They have shown us that real faith sometimes means dark nights of the soul.
Alicia de los Reyes
Jonathan story proves that sometimes, faith means taking a break from God. What a radical idea.
This is a book about idealism, religious abuse, trauma, and the hope of healing. Too many young people have left the church as the result of trauma and authoritarianism.
Few so honestly share these kinds of stories of the really dark side of missions, the misappropriation of funds and the harsh treatment of incoming missionaries.
Kevin C. Neece
Runaway Radical is a singular act of vulnerability and courage, carried off with a sensitivity and grace that chooses renewal and restoration above retaliation and, in that very choice, is the antidote to the poison it spits out.
After checking out the book, I had a chance to ask Jonathan some questions about his experience and our exchange is here.
Rebecca Florence Miller
This book really resonated with me, but it also left me with a lot of questions. I got in touch with Amy and Jonathan and asked if I could interview them. They graciously agreed.