God, My Rock: Faith Adventures of a Missionary Mom Paperback Book

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Through her poems, letters and journal excerpts, author Carol Nordman tells the true story of living abroad as she steps into God's calling and gives up "the good life" to become a missionary.

In God, My Rock, she illustrates God's promises, goodness, and faithfulness and tells how she; her husband, Vance; and eventually their children encounter and overcome the secret police, political instability, economic collapse, events of the last days of the Cold War, illness, and giving birth in a foreign hospital among other challenges. Nordman provides glimpses of her day-to-day life raising and traveling with three children on the mission field in Turkey, Egypt, the Philippines, Russia, Europe, and Japan.

This memoir chronicles the family's surprising cultural adjustments, both abroad and upon returning to the United States. The stories span Nordman's life from finding God in her teenage years, being a UCLA student and serving as a single missionary for five years before marrying at the age of twenty-six. She shares the great adventure of following God's call and watching him work powerfully to bring people into his kingdom by personally knowing his son, Jesus.


Carol Nordman was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru) as a student at UCLA and served five years while single. After marrying Vance, they worked with Cru for two years among college students in the United States and fourteen years training national missionaries abroad. The couple then spent twenty-four years with the Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Cru. The Nordmans have three children and five grandchildren and live in Southern California.

Product details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (June 10, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1973691884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1973691884
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


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7 Reviews

  • 5
    Inspirational read

    Posted by Gabriele Monson on Jan 5th 2021

    Raising a family in foreign countries can be a huge challenge. Carol shares her adventures and challenges in easy to read small chapters. A book you want to keep reading to find out more.

  • 5
    God, My Rock Faith Adventures of a Missionary Mom

    Posted by June Johnson on Jan 2nd 2021

    Such an engaging read and window into the incredible adventure trusting and following in God's leading, His unfailing provision, and His benevolent love for His children who trust completely in Him. I have learned so much from their experience....very relevant and useful for our uncertain times ahead.

  • 5
    So encouraging!

    Posted by Regina Monetti on Nov 23rd 2020

    To see God's hand working in Carol and her family's life especially during the difficulties is so encouraging!

  • 5
    God, My Rock

    Posted by Karin Urso on Nov 19th 2020

    This book is authentic and sincere. As someone who knew Carol when these events happened, I can say that she has always been a woman of faith. Her trust in God was always so evident and her consistent faith was a blessing to all around her. Still, the book is about God, and not about Carol, and points to a loving, trustworthy Father.

  • 5
    An excellent book

    Posted by Dick Aced on Nov 18th 2020

    An excellent book written by a Christian woman in a series of short vignettes. Recommend for people searching to find their faith. Read it in spurts or all at once. It is enjoyable either way.

  • 5
    5 STARS

    Posted by Emily h on Nov 13th 2020

    Great book

  • 5
    God, My Rock

    Posted by Randy Ray on Sep 7th 2020

    A wonderful read! The subtitled, Faith Adventures of a Missionary Mom, is an accurate description of what the author, Carol Nordman, has experienced in life. This book is filled with many thought-provoking and entertaining short stories revealing how God's often hidden plan makes perfect sense looking back. I highly recommend this true accounting of how God's provision, protection and promises were made manifest in the life of the author, Carol Nordman.