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A Different Plan : A True Story an Adrenaline Junkie Who Found God's Plan...and Lived - Johannes Adendorff

A Different Plan

A True Story an Adrenaline Junkie Who Found God's Plan...and Lived

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The biting pain of dozens of cuts and bruises from a relentless shower of canes are only parts of young Johannes Adendorff's life. He is punished daily for no offense other than existence, at the mercy of his high school classmates. Boarded away until he graduates, surrounded by his peer bullies daily, Johannes must simply survive. Apartheid in South Africa plucks Johannes from everyday life and thrusts him into the military, where he finds the Parachute Battalion, an elite group of soldiers who often drop down into dangerous war zones. Faced with the reality of life and death every day, Johannes develops an addiction to smoking, women, and alcoholalong with an addiction to adrenaline. After completing his time in the military, Johannes attempts to find something to satisfy the ever-growing hunger inside of him for adrenaline and challenge. Introduced to skydiving, Johannes chases his newfound passion to America, where he pursues the sport at a professional level. Unwilling to stop there, he becomes one of the top skydivers in the country. Yet even with the constant drip of adrenaline, Johannes still feels completely alone, searching for the right answer to fill the emptiness that grows inside him despite his success. Relief comes in the form of an American church. For the first time in his life, Johannes finds Jesus through church and renews his faith, overcoming his addictions with the help of the Holy Ghost and determining to become a better man, despite the challenges along the way. Soon Johannes finds himself back in South Africa, compelled to return through a message from God. He lives on his parents' farm in loneliness, despite having a fruitful job as a software engineer in addition to his faith. South Africa is a tumultuous country in light of recent political troubles, and Johannes is in the midst of the battles when the farm is robbed. Through a perfect sequence of events, the robbers are averted and caught, and Johannes realizes just how powerful God is in his life, having saved him and his family from being shot. The works of God only increase in Johannes' life from there, teaching him more about himself and about the life he needs to live. Although he still prays for a lifelong companion night after night, God promises him in a dream that he will have a wife, and Johannes clings to this hope, praying that there is someone out there for him. When the opportunity arises to go to Germany for the company he works for, Johannes takes it, feeling that it is the will of God for him to travel there and putting everything in His hands. In Germany, Johannes struggles as he tries to adapt to what he perceives as harsh behavior from the German community. His job takes him to Brazil and back, and afterward Johannes is compelled to go to a church in Germany which helps him realign and become closer with Christ again. Soon thereafter, Johannes meets three new attendees at the church. Here he meets Birgit, a woman from Germany who has recently given her heart to Jesus. Almost immediately, Birgit realizes that Johannes is meant to be her husband. Upon hearing Birgit's convictions, Johannes is astonished to find that God has finally answered his lifelong prayers of a permanent companion. After much prayer, the two decide to marry and walk in the way of Christ. As Johannes attempts to settle into his roles as German software engineer and husband, tragedy strikes. He is diagnosed with lung and bone cancer. Throughout his treatment, Johannes must overcome sickness, troubles, and complications. Keeping his faith, Johannes looks at the diagnosis as a gift from God, rather than a curse. Despite the situation, Johannes comes to believe that everything happens for a reason, committing himself to sharing the faith.

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Very touching story

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Very touching, I read it through almost at once!

Overseas

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Recommended reading

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In "A different plan" by Johannes Adendorff everything gravitates around a simple thing: how to fill the void in his heart. Each chapter tackles a new topic, event or a different stage in Johannes life. We see Johannes being bullied in a school in South Africa while trying to get an education to become a farmer, then we follow his footsteps in the US where he becomes a skydiving instructor, back to South Africa for a new start as a software programmer and then to Germany following God's plan. We see a miraculous transformation of a scared boy into a strong man able to help others change their lives for the better. We see a lost, wandering soul finding love and happiness, all with the help of God. "It's just been a long, lonely road, and I've lost my faith many times," admits Johannes just before being ready to accept that God had a plan for him. The book aims to give us an answer to a question many of us must have asked ourselves. Through personal example and his true story, the author tries to inspire us to find the plan God has for us. Personally, I enjoyed reading about how he quit smoking, was protected from murders and overcomes cancer. How sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith, and the work is done for you. "A different plan" is a book filled with emotion, presenting authentic experiences of a character, the author himself, that is both inspiring and easy to relate to. Our lives change depending on the choices we make and everything changed for Johannes when he started to follow God's plan for him. It is a novel of finding one's self, of acceptance and new beginnings. All the scenes are presented with great clarity and talent, and you can't help but to love all the characters Johannes surrounds himself with from the reverend in Germany to the hairdresser in South Africa. I can say that "A different plan" is a novel that invites us to sit face to face with the eternal questions and quests of men, but also offering the solution that is in handy for all of us. It feels like the book offers a puzzle with thousands of pieces and the end comes in choosing just one piece that will fit perfectly, that will provide the key to understanding the world and your own life.

Newcastle, AU

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Excellent read

5

This book will inspire you, you will think that you are in a revival - a must read for all that believe in Jesus, even if your faith is not so strong!

Melbourne

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ISBN: 9781682224861
ISBN-10: 1682224864
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd December 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.7

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