Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
Genre: Faith / Witness /Martyrdom
I’m not even sure how to describe this book, except that I think everyone should read it. It really gives the reader to reexamine their faith.
I mean do we even know what persecution really is?
Here in America, we tend to feel like we’re facing persecution just for being a Christian. While some of it may true, we still have the freedom to follow the Lord. We’re lucky to be able to live in a country that allows us to choose our faith. Many countries outside of North America, especially in Asia and Africa, it’s forbidden to be a Christian. The reality of persecution and suffering is a reality. In fact, we hear about this all of the time!
The book explains that North America still needs to hear martyr stories today is because “their stories caution us, as citizens of a powerful “Christian” empire, against the temptation to justify justice in the name of Christ.”
Stories of courageous faith are so important to tell because persecution is not just something that is in the past but is, in fact, a reality.
If Christians in the West have tended to domesticate the faith – turning it into something safe or regarding it as an extension of our consumer tastes and preferences – encountering these stories should unsettle us and remind us that something of ultimate significance is at stake in the claim to be a follower of Jesus. Like the martyr’s we need to face life – and death – with the confidence that life is ultimately stronger than death and that history is always is always moving in the kingdom of God.
Bearing Witness is filled with story after story of people who have become martyrs for the faith. You’ll find stories from all through history. Some of them we might have heard of. Stephen, William Tyndale, and Wilbur and Sabrina Wurmbrand are some examples. There are also many others that I have never even heard of before. They also take place all over the world.
It’s definitely not an easy or fast-paced kind of read, but definitely one worth checking out. It really does show the importance and will change your perspective.
I do have to mention that is the book is written from an Anabaptist viewpoint, probably something I should have checked out before I accepted this to review, so I do not agree with all of their teachings. I don’t exactly know what they believe, but I do know that they believe in love over violence. So if you do choose to read this, do so with discretion.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Flybyfor my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Editors
About the authors: Charles E. Moore has compiled and edited several acclaimed books, including Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, and Everyone Belongs to God: Discovering the Hidden Christ. Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.