Have you ever had the Mormon missionaries stop at your door? Have you ever noticed those strange young men in dark suits with black name tags walking down your street?
Just so you know, I was once a missionary too, so please be nice. Don't throw tomatoes or yell obscenities at them. Instead, offer them cold water on a sweltering day, or hot chocolate if it's cold. =)
Dan Harrington is not a Mormon but he wrote a book about the missionaries who knocked on his door. I was once a missionary in Venezuela so I took a special interest in his story and was only too happy to review his book when he asked. I always worry when someone asks me to review their book. What if I don't like it? I hate giving bad reviews.
I read the book in less than two days. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it. It was fast paced, interesting and very funny. I busted up laughing numerous times. My kids gave me a lot of funny looks.
During the story, Dan meets and studies with various sets missionaries, (they always come in twos) but he has a special connection with the first two, Elder Luke and Elder Childs. Dan is surprised to find what normal, everyday, interesting kids they really are. Most people are surprised at this very thing. A special relationship grows between the missionaries and the people who investigate the church. Dan explains these feelings and emotions beautifully. He is easy to relate to as he tells this profound story.
It has a surprise twist at the end though. One I didn't expect. One that threw me for a loop. I fully expected one thing, and didn't get it. It doesn't detract from the story, it just made me blink my eyes, shake my head and ask, "What the . . . ?"
To sum up. It was a great read. I really enjoyed it and I am going to have my kids read it too. Thank you, Dan, for thinking of me! And I hope to meet you in person some day.