Unbound – A book about breaking chains
Book by Jennifer Su McIntyre
Review by Sarah Fleming, OMF NZ Missions Mobiliser
Unbound is eye opening, thought provoking and a deep insight into spiritual warfare. Most of us here in New Zealand have no frame of reference for the generational effects of idol worship. We see it as something we were commanded not to do in the Old Testament, but we are not bombarded with messages of dependency on the gods’ whim and fate at every street corner. There are very few visible temples, and shrines do not usually adorn footpaths or houses. Occasionally, we might come across a gilt cat or some Buddhist prayer flags, smell incense or see a person with ash or coloured powder on their forehead. The significance of these things remains largely hidden from our general population.
In stark contrast to our experience, this book highlights what addiction, abuse and idolatry can look like as it tracks the lives of three women from bondage to freedom. The three women, Mei, Yufen and Ling, have separate biographies that intertwine in the final chapters. They seem completely beyond hope and at times, I wanted to call out to them, asking them why they were making those decisions, and my own cultural lens left me mortified and deeply moved.
For me, this book highlighted the importance of a long-term commitment to a place, and how our cross-cultural workers build great relationships over time. It also stressed the importance of the shop-workers ministry context, and how it has had such an amazing impact on the lives of people bound in sin.
These pages contain stories from the pits of despair. They show how only a miraculous intervention from the one true living God can transform these lives by His grace.
If you are interested in the shop-worker ministry, or like me, just wanted to gain a better understanding of the real lives of the Taiwanese working class – this is the book.
‘The spiritual din had deafened Mei’s senses for three whole years, and the oppression had reduced her to a mass of lifeless pulp. Mei’s thirty-third year of life-like many of her previous ones – began with apparent hopelessness. But it ended with an unforeseen blessing that would give Mei a second chance at life.’
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If you liked this book or you’d like to find out more about Taiwan and the ministry opportunities there, we are hosting a series of SeeAsia Virtual Reality Discipleship Experiences. The events will use 360° virtual reality footage to take you on a tour of key areas of Taiwan. You will be able to hear the sounds, taste the food, see the places and be lead on a journey of discovery of the ministry and work of OMF in Taiwan. Please email Simon at email@example.com if you would like to chat about us running one of these events in collaboration with your church or home group.