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Sailing Faith, however, did. Granger and his family started in Michigan and sail around the world, visiting hundreds of countries in all areas of the world. Some of the experiences he relates are jaw-dropping, whether it is swimming in water inhabited by sharks three meters long twelve feet , or eating bugs, or kissing the place where Jesus was born.

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Granger and his family did all these things and more in a story that sounds like something right out of a movie. What really struck me about this book is that it was not catering to a sense of tourism that is prized in the United States where all we want is an adventurous thrill. Instead, it dealt with the gritty, unsanitized experiences that most of the world find normal. Granger was openly critical of how tourism, along with many other concocted realities of the United States, is a created reality that in fact obscures the true beauty of the world God created and the true beauty of the people in it.

Sailing Faith: The Long Way Home

Most of the time I was in awe of his humility as he downplayed the wisdom with which it would take to make a trip like this, and the bravery of him and his wife to choose to raise their three children in this sort of environment one young boy and two teenage girls. Their ability to allow their children to experience the world in this manner without trying to fearfully protect them from the dangers of the world was encouraging, and it leaves me both a little jealous and a little sympathetic to the way those children have been shaped by this experience.

They have been able to see the world in a unique and beautiful way, but I cannot possibly imagine the challenges of now being back in a country that does not understand the way in which they see the world. In the United States, we feel the imagined borders of our land keep us safe and make us the most important people in the world. Granger and his family chose to intentionally live outside of those borders, and outside any borders really, for a number of years meeting people that by their intentionality, were not strangers, but friends.


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About This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic. Granger keeps his most intimate and important reflections for the people that they meet on the way.

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He describes the camaraderie of other couples and families also sailing to distant countries and how they instantly bond in the manner that travelers far away from home so easily do. But probably more important, as they leave the familiar territory of the west behind and sail through Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and on through the Middle East, they begin to form friendships with people who are clearly different in appearance and culture, but clearly the same in all of the things that matter. Yet, rather than just reinforcing a romantic vision of world travel, it accomplishes its goal of presenting a more open and appropriate way of looking at the world, free from political entanglements and pre-conceived notions as to who and what people on the other side of the world really are.

Matt Evans is a contributing editor for Shout! Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine. Matt loves to explore God's great outdoors and discover how God reveals himself in the majesty of His creation. He lives out his adventure in Alaska with his wife and three children. All Rights Reserved.

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