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After finding Jesus at a suburban megachurch, young Jamie Wright trades in the easy life on the cul-de-sac for the green fields of Costa Rica. There, along with her husband, kids, and the family cat, she intends to serve God and make converts.

But she soon loses faith and falls into a funk of cynicism and despair. Fortunately, Knives the cat is there, looking on with just enough disinterest to make her laugh...and dare her to try another way. That other way turns out to be telling the truth. She launches a renegade blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, which against all odds soon wins a large and passionate following around the world.

Slowly, she begins to see that being a bad missionary - awkward, doubtful, skeptical - can mean that you're just the kind of person someone else might be willing to hear...and that loving others is just as much about changing yourself as it is about converting them.

©2018 Jamie Wright (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • hopedelight
  • 2018-05-04

The VERY BEST memoir

I was reading the ebook while listening to the audiobook version, and I was so struck by how fast it read, and how captivating and real the story was. There is pain, satire, self-reflection, and so much thoughtfully crafted, beautifully radiant faithfulness and truth in her story. I have so much respect for Jamie’s courage in calling out bullsh*t. Personally, my own time in the mission field is filled with many similar memories and crazy, messy, weird moments. I am grateful for the author’s voice, her wild badass humor, and her bold unfiltered way of speaking truth. This is one hell of a book. Thank you Jamie Wright, your voice is a gift to the world and you are valued.

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  • Kelly Haskins
  • 2018-04-18

Funny, thoughtful Memoir

Especially if you grew up in the church or went on a goofy short-term mission trip, this book is for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-18

Great book, but robotic sounding performance.

Loved the book and the message. The reader sounded like a robot, though. Would have preferred Jamie to read.

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  • ntk
  • 2018-04-13

Funny, heartfelt, important.

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Jaime bravely shares her real, raw story of how she became “The Very Worst Missionary” and all the good, bad, and hysterical that is life. Along the way she points out flaws in the missionary system, but this book is hardly anti-missions. She wants better for everyone involved. True relationships. Loving our actual neighbor.

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  • 2019-03-10

Mixed Thoughts

Jamie Wright honestly opens up in this book but I feel like she is talking "at" me rather than "to" me, the reader. She assumes I won't identify with some of her thoughts and uses "language or tricks" more to grab my attention rather than to empasis her feelings/opinion. I've worked in the Christian community overseas and what she experienced and saw is quite common in other areas of the world, too. I appreciate her putting it out there in such a blunt way but wish she would of delved a bit deeper into how she managed day to day in those 5 years. I do think that her "title" will grab people's attention and perhaps get people thinking and "acting" a bit on the "landmines" she has thrown out there. I appreciate the book and am glad she had the courage to write and publish it.

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  • alexandra anthony
  • 2018-07-10

Fresh breath of air

So I had never heard of Jamie, I had just finished "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans and TVWM popped up in my recommended. I saw the title and read the description and I knew I had to read this. I too was a missionary and was jaded by Western missionary practices, at the end it left me numb to God. I appreciate Jamie's realness. Thank you Jamie for sharing what too many of us have been afraid to share, that sometimes being a missionary is bullshit.
And thank you for reminding me that God uses us even when we fuck up. <3

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  • Samantha
  • 2018-06-23

One of my new favorites!

I loved this book! Jamie is hilarious and had me laughing through the entire book. Not only that, but she speaks major TRUTH and brings some light to a real issue in Christian culture. Such a good read!

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  • Sarah Farris
  • 2018-04-26

Poignant, Gritty, Thought-Provoking and Real

I've followed Jamie's blog for several years. This book didn't disappoint. There are moments so tender, so poignant as she discusses God in her busyness as a young mom or her years-long battle with depression. There is unflinching and needed critical dialogue on the short-term mission "industry." And in between a lot of F-bombs and plenty stories about Knives the cat is God's hand moving so clearly in her story. This is a must read, especially for people wanting to have a real conversations about missions. And it is a life-giving read to anyone thirsting to see vulnerability instead of trite christian jargon.

I also enjoyed the reader. I was disappointed that Jamie didn't read it. But this reader really gets the tone and doesn't try to christian-ize sarcasm, which I've experienced in other books...ahem all Jen Hatmaker books that she didn't read herself.

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  • Crystal
  • 2019-04-12

Excellent and Raw

Excellent and raw writing from a true Christian trying her best for God. The performance of reading the story by Madeline was beautifully done.

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  • Mamacat
  • 2019-03-26

Edgy Rebel Meets Radical Jesus

There is much to love here! Real, raw, and righteous, Jamie is an awesome example of living the Christian life as a person figuring out this Jesus-thing. My church has a motto, "love people where they are and help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ." That's what Jamie gives us, the ability to love people where they are and help them grow. She starts with herself, and her own story and Jesus trek, then brings us into the bigger picture of examining what the church is doing in communities and in missions. She ponders the question, "Have Christians become Pharisees?" Her tale is a wild ride that leaves you reeling but also meditative. She gives us soul-searching questions regarding what it means to help our fellow man, and how we impact those around us and in our world. How we love our "neighbors."

Thankfully, I hear the editor's saving suggestions manifest in her writing when she goes all flat-jammy on someone, then walks it back. Which is necessary for memoir writing, especially for a Christian writer. It's almost as if you get to the point where you're like, "gal, please don't go there"..."oh, yeah, you went there"...and, "oh, okay now you're walking it back." Writers must remember that they have a voice, but the people they write about do not. The supporting characters, as it were, lack a public platform that the writer enjoys. It's teetering on a tightrope to talk about someone else's foibles and not come across judgmental. Jamie handles it well and I think she's had some great advice on how to do that.

One of the things I must caution any reader is that Jamie swears constantly. Like, all the time. She doesn't quite get why people don't swear. It's not about being a "good Christian," it's about being mature and taking the time and effort to explore the richness of the English language. She's on her path, as we all are, and she might get there, or she might decide that swearing is her identity. I'm not going to judge, except from what I read of scripture it's not pleasing to God. Do I swear? Yeah, press a hot cookie sheet against my hand and I'll go all navy midshipman. Do I use it in my everyday language? No, it's not necessary. I can make a point with other words, and frankly have a bigger impact.

Overall, I loved this book. It's real and it's honest. Jamie has great points to make about what the church is doing, and I'm like, "right on, sistah!" I hope she writes a sequel. There's more life to be lived!