Monday, April 22, 2013

Persecuted Book Review

Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians
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Persecuted is an informative book that showed me how much I really don't know.
Christians are the world s most widely persecuted religious group, according to studies by the Pew Research Center, "Newsweek," and the "Economist," among others.

A woman is caught with a Bible and publicly shot to death. An elderly priest is abducted and never seen again. Three buses full of students and teachers are struck by roadside bombs. These are not casualties of a war. These are Christian believers being persecuted for their faith in the twenty-first century.

Many Americans do not understand that Christians today are victims in many parts of the world. Even many Western Christians, who worship and pray without fear of violent repercussions, are unaware that so many followers of Christ live under governments and among people who are often openly hostile to their faith. They think martyrdom became a rarity long ago.

"Persecuted" soundly refutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life of Christians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely make international headlines.

As Western Christians pray for the future of Christ s church, it is vital that they understand a large part of the world s Christian believers live in danger. "Persecuted" gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseverance and courage..

Persecuted is far more than a thorough and moving study of this global pattern of violence it is a cry for freedom and a call to action.(Goodreads)
Killed for having a Bible in your 2010? Killed for going against Muslim and becoming a 2011? What? These things are STILL continuing. I think the mindset that we often have is that all of those awful things happened a long time ago or in really desperate communities in a foreign land. I live in the United States and I constantly hear about our rights as Christians being cut off. "In God we trust?" is no longer what this country stands upon, BUT we are NOT persecuted for our faith as others are on a daily basis. We do not go to secret churches in order to not be killed. We can go to a mega church and worship Christ all that we want, read our multiple Bibles in any format, and if we can't make it to church we can just stream in online. For a country that has all of these at our fingertips, we definitely take all of these things for granted.
This book has been researched and is full of information regarding laws and awful stories about persecution for multiple countries. It breaks different countries up and then discusses each one. I liked how the book was set up and organized, it made it flow better. The stories are so very sad, but more than anything this book made me feel guilty because I take the Bible and church and worship completely for granted. I should be thankful, I should be helping people who can't do these things freely, and more importantly, showing others in this country why the Bible and a relationship with Christ is life changing.
"I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review".

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