Christine Caine wants you to 'embrace the adventure' of life
Even when the ground gives way
Christine Caine is convinced that everyone can learn how to live with a faith so confident in God that it can’t be shaken—even when life’s unexpected challenges make it feel like the ground beneath them is giving way. Her new book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure, encourages readers to discover such a faith for themselves.
An “Australian-born, Greek-blooded lover of Jesus,” Christine is an author and international speaker, the co-founder of global anti-human trafficking organisation The A21 Campaign, the founder of Propel Women, and 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Awardee for Social Justice.
Yet despite her glowing CV, Christine has personally experienced life’s unexpected terrain and knows firsthand the feeling of fear and being out-of-control that comes with the territory.
As a child, Christine endured ongoing sexual abuse from several different men over many years – an experience that left her filled with shame even as an adult.
“I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories,” she recalls.
Then, at the age of 33, Christine’s mother informed her that she had been adopted at birth, thrusting Christine into an unexpected and painful wrestle about her identity confusion which was compounded by a birth certificate that pronounced her “unnamed #2508” and its accompanying social worker’s report that declared her to be “unwanted”.
In 2014, Christine received yet another curve ball – an unexpected cancer diagnosis that required her to have a thyroidectomy just ten days after her diagnosis, followed by ten weeks of tests and uncertainty before pathology reports confirmed that there were no cancerous or precancerous cells in her throat region. This was a season that Christine refers to as “a surprise attack” that “blindsided” her and continues to be a challenge.
She recently posted on Instagram,
“I’m sitting here waiting for my annual thyroid checkup. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few years ago, I had half my thyroid removed and by God’s Grace am cancer free and don’t need to take any medication thus far. The thing is, I KNOW that is not everyone’s report. So many of you or your loved ones are fighting cancer and it is scary, hard, painful, confusing and exhausting. My dad died of cancer when I was 19, so I know the pain and devastation it can cause to family and friends. I really want you to know that I’m thinking about you right now —and God is with you. I don’t understand why some people are healed here on earth and others are healed when they go home, but the one thing I will always do, is pray for healing, comfort and strength for those suffering with cancer.”
Working through these difficult and unexpected life experiences forced Christine to develop a deep resilience.
It is the truth that has been stored up in the calm that will help you navigate the storms and challenges. -Christine Caine
She developed the consistent practice of turning to Scripture and says, “Scripture is the thing that keeps us anchored when facing the unexpected.
“When everything is spiraling out of control and when you are being hit on all sides you then it is the truth that has been stored up in the calm that will help you navigate the storms and challenges. You can trust God and his word when you don’t understand people and your circumstances.”
Christine’s new book is the collated understanding she has gathered from these difficult seasons from Scripture, dealing specifically with the keys she has learned to overcome pain barriers, manage disappointment, strengthen the heart and build faith.
In recent years, Christine has become a prolific writer, producing four other titles with a similar approach called, Undaunted, Unstoppable, Unashamed and Unshakeable, along with a range of study guides and devotionals – evidence of her passionate belief in the power of the written word.
“I spend the countless hours writing because I believe that the right book in the right hands at the right time can truly help to change someone’s life.
“It is the reason I write. A book can travel places I will never go and reach people I would otherwise never reach.”
Christine’s vision for her latest offering is no less bold: she hopes it will change the way her readers approach the unexpected and encourage them to live in faith-filled anticipation of what God can and will do through the circumstances they least expect.
Every child of God can move from fear, control and anxiety to living full of hope, faith and trust in God. – Christine Caine
In a world where many people have been trained to fear the unexpected and dread situations where they are not in control, Christine believes that every child of God can move from fear, control and anxiety to living full of hope, faith and trust in God.
“God created you on purpose, for a purpose—and he never wants fear of the unexpected or from the unexpected to hold you back,” Christine encourages her readers.
“Let’s leave fear behind, move forward in faith, and embrace the adventure of the unexpected.”