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Soul Tracker by Bill Myers

The first of a trilogy, Soul Tracker examines life after death. Can we visit death through virtual reality? Could we come back to tell about it if we did? What would we find? Where would we go? Is it possible to speak to the dead? David Kauffman’s daughter has died and he wants to know, needs to know where she has gone. His search uncovers some frightening information that sends him hiding to save his life.

What particularly endeared this story to me was the Nepalese/street kids connection. My church has been planting a number of churches in Nepal and maintains close connections with those churches and their people. One church in Kathmandu (maybe more) has specifically reached out to street kids, providing them with love, a home and a solid Christian foundation.

Back here in Winnipeg, in addition to the Nepali connection, my church is situated in the middle of one of the saddest parts of the city—where prostitutes, gangs, drug addicts, sniffers, drunks and violence are common. I’m new to the church so I’m still learning but the friendship and love the church pours out to the community is staggering. These are the ones Jesus came to save. These are the ones he spent his time with. These are the ones who grabbed hold of what he had to offer, and believed.

In Soul Tracker, can Gita, saved from forced prostitution as a child in Nepal by Christians whose gospel she accepted, find love for the street kids of Los Angeles or is her past so repulsive to her that she cannot muster compassion for those who live what she once did? Can she find love for anyone or is truth her only reality? Can Dave let go of his daughter who has died and begin to live in the present with his remaining child? What is truth? Does truth matter?

While not the most literary of novels (Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead probably comes the closest of the novels I’ve read so far this summer), Soul Tracker asks some important questions and is an entertaining read. I’ve already started book two.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

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A Real Testimony
I finished your book. A real testimony to what God does for us.
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