Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A memoir of a peculiar childhood

Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A memoir of a peculiar childhood
Brand: Hannibal Books
ISBN: 978-1-934749-62-3
Author: Mary Anne Phemister
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Was the cause really worth it all?

Like many parents who are on mission with God in a foreign land, Mary Anne Phemister’s father was resolute in his zeal to lead the lost people of China and later Vietnam, Cambodia, and Taiwan out of spiritual darkness. No one ever questioned his passion and dedication to missions. But the dark side of such unmovable faith, passion, and zeal was another matter. Was the cause really worth the emotional pain, suffering, and price that Mary Anne believes she and her siblings, as well as their submissive mother, paid for their father’s intractable passion to witness for Christ overseas?

With sensitivity, insight, forgiveness, and even humor Mary Anne weaves her recollection of her growing-up days as a child in a “Third-World Culture”—an experience shared by many who are reared in surroundings outside the land of their national origins. Like Pearl Buck’s memorable Fighting Angel penned some 75 years ago, Mary Anne thoughtfully yet incisively addresses issues and topics most missionary books would consider “too hot to handle.”

The biggest lesson here is that no one is bound by the past. We begin to see how looking at others through God’s eyes can begin a process that leads to forgiveness of others and freedom for ourselves.—Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds; co-founder, annual Families in Global Transition conference.

Mary Anne Phemister is a nurse, author, mother, grandmother, and wife of noted concert pianist Bill Phemister. The Phemisters live in Wheaton, IL.

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