Eugene Peterson writes, "Tighten your seat belt. This book will wake you up—to life, sheer, unadulterated life. Twenty-two-year-old Emily Wilkens enters an African village for six months as a volunteer nurse. In a world of sickness and poverty, she experiences delivering babies and tending to victims in a massacre, skinny-dipping in a dirty river, and living with a family of nineteen.
She exuberantly embraces ... the village and its people with a zest that wakes the reader to the beauty of all life as a gift of God. The writing is fresh and unpretentious—without a trace of condescension. Getting ready to leave for home she writes, "I don't see poverty much anymore. I used to see it all the time." And the subtext? God "working to weave us together ... He is the link and He is the flow between.""