The Global Assault on Christians
by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea
Christians are the worlds most widely persecuted religious group. 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 causalities 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 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 martydom became a rarity long ago.
Persecuted refutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at 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 are in danger. Persecuted gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa Asia the middle east as well as former places in the soviet union. 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.
Just before beginning to read this book my friends and I were having a similar discussion. We had heard about people saying it was hard to be a Christian but being in the Bible Belt of American we laughed about it, finding it hard to believe. This book did show me though that there are places where that is the case.
I was given this book for review purposes and will be giving it away on my google plus page.