"Defector is a riveting story of heroism, redemption, and finding freedom against all odds. Hobafcovich’s harrowing journey from Communist Romania to present-day America will captivate your attention and lift your spirit by turns. This book is a refreshing read about God’s grace that will leave readers inspired to follow the stirrings of their own hearts.”
Jonathan Merritt, Senior columnist for Religion News Service, Author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined
“It’s true. Mark Hobafcovich lived in tyranny and he journeyed from tyranny to purpose – both literally and spiritually! The literal fence was Romania. But, the spiritual fence was monomania! The literal journey was from Romania to Australia to the U.S.A. But, the spiritual journey was from Self-Focus to Jesus Follower to Disciple-maker! His story, life and this book, culminates in Jesus’ last words – ‘Go make disciples!’ How would I know? I know because Mark’s been helping me get to the other side of the fence spiritually. Discipleship that is Life-on-Life, Heart-to-Heart and Idea-into-Action. And this book can do the same for you. Buy it. Read it. Apply it.” —Daniel Grissom, Chief Executive Officer, Ph.D. in Results
“I do believe that we need this book to be published. It is a true story of a young man, who faced multiple hardships, who overcame and reveals the power of a transformed life.” —Frank S. Page, Author, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
“Who doesn’t love to read a tragic story with a triumphant ending? Better yet, to read a true story that blesses and builds you all at the same time. Read and grow!” —Johhny M. Hunt, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, in Woodstock, Georgia; Author and Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Once in a while you will notice the zeal and tenacity of a particular leader that is uncommonly high compared to ‘the norm.’ Mark is one of those leaders. In reading his story, you begin to understand the genesis of his rare and dogged resolve. Mark has indeed lived life on ‘the other side of the fence.’ His words are sure to inspire a flagging faith and an absent gratitude for those of us long mired in the unfortunate mediocrity of ‘the norm.’ A highly recommended read.” —Jeff Christopherson, Toronto-based Author of Kingdom Matrix: Designing a Church for the Kingdom of God; North American Mission Board Vice President for Canada and Northeast U.S.