Reviews

"Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle is an unsparingly honest story of relocation to Haiti that captures the complexities of crossing differences of power, wealth, and culture in hopes of being part of God's work of transformation, without and within. It's funny, gritty, and strangely hopeful—just what a Christian memoir should be." - Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making and senior editor at Christianity Today * Recommended: "Any western Christian unaware of his or her blessed state in life – that is to say, 99.9% of us – ought to read it, ingest it, and act on it, for the alleviation of suffering in the world and for the glory of God." -Discerning Reader review * Chosen as an Urbana '09 "Book of the Day" * "Kent’s a theologian by training, a liberation theologist (of sorts) by inclination. I, meanwhile, am the agnostic social scientist... By its title, this is not a book many of my readers would normally buy. That is too bad. Kent wrestles with questions that confront any rich do-gooder in a poor nation, regardless of creed. It changed the way I think about my place in a foreign land."  - Chris Blattman, professor at Yale University (also a great blogger, a really smart guy, and my brother-in-law, so worth listening too!) * Highly Recommended: "Kent Annan's brand new book is incredibly powerful, including challenging Biblical reflections and tons of stories gathered as codirector of Haiti Partners.  We mentioned it when it first came out last month, and we respect and trust his work.  As the title suggests, it isn't just about Haiti, though, but a reflection to all of us about Godliness and service, about love and hope." - Hearts and Minds Bookstore review * Interview with A Living Alternative here * Recommendation from Tyler Cowen on his Marginal Revolution blog here
“This wonderful book is as much about faith and commitment and service and love andove of service as it is about the author and about Haiti. You will be uplifted and you will be inspired, but most of all you will enjoy it.”Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying and two-time National Book Award Finalist *
“This story is filled with the hope that there is a God who can set free both the oppressed and the oppressors…”Shane Claiborne, author and activist * I just read Kent’s book. I think he will join the ranks of Don Miller, Lauren Winner, and Shane Claiborne as one of our most gifted younger writers. He not only writes with grace and grit, but he has an extraordinary bank of experience to draw on... No platitudes, no sentimentality, no euphemisms. Just an honest eye, sharp mind, and human heart.”Brian McLaren, author of Everything Must Change *
“An unpredictable book! As you read this story, words like fascinating, convicting and inspiring will come to mind, but beneath them you will feel the suffering strain--and yes, the glory--of a young couple radically following Jesus into the lives of the obscenely poor people of Haiti."Tony Campolo, author and speaker *
"Kent Annan is a gifted writer to keep an eye on with a message you can't afford to miss. Highly recommended!"Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God *
"Kent Annan takes the reader on a ride through the hot spots of both this world and the individual's soul. By turns wrenching and funny, and always honest, his own story puts an unerring finger on that difficult place where a questioning mind and an open heart meet." Greg Paul, author of God in the Alley *
"It's not often you read a book at once as moving and disturbing as Kent Annan's accounts of the time he has lived among the rural poor of Haiti, where every day tested his fortitude, his marriage and his abundant store of good humor. Yet he doesn't wish to play on our feelings or to point an accusing finger. Rather, he wants to share his fears, his bewilderment, and the everyday glimmers of beauty and joy he finds among his neighbors."Aina Barten, features editor, Orion Magazine *
"Following Jesus is a fresh and accessible memoir of hope and discovery. Kent's journey is an invitation for all of us to consider how we might find authentic ways to love faithfully and live humbly. In a world that desperately needs a good God to be embodied, Kent Annan offers himself as an answer to that prayer."Christopher L. Heuertz, author of Simple Spirituality and international director of Word Made Flesh