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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
The Lone Missionary by Eddie Rainbolt is a heartfelt, honest account of the life of a lone missionary. The Mission Committee decided to downsize the organization by one missionary, Carol, much to the disappointment of her colleagues. It had been Carol’s responsibility to oversee and coordinate all volunteer activities. Fifty-year-old widower Al Bryant, Director of the Mission, provides assistance to all that he can possibly help. But over a period of five years, Al became self-absorbed, only doing what was expected of him by the committee and he continued to miss Carol. Stacey Hague is appointed in Carol’s place. The team decides to re-open a condemned gym to offer a variety of sports events and Stacey agrees to manage the gym. When Gabe Hurle is appointed as Al’s new assistant, Al begins to realize that he needs to make changes to his future.
Author Eddie Rainbolt has created an interesting and thought-provoking novel, giving the reader some insight into the daily life and challenges faced by missionaries. The Lone Missionary is well researched and well written, an inspiration to help others and serve our communities. The variety of characters is easy to relate to, including the local families, pastors, and volunteers. Eddie Rainbolt does a great job of describing the many locations and scenes including the sermons and church functions. The feelings and emotions of the characters in the story are expressed through their thoughts and actions, carrying the story forward and giving the reader a clear understanding of their challenges and faith. All-round, a great story recommended to readers of all ages.