A Grand read

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book that will Make you see How blessed we are!

This was my read for this week.

I did a bit of  studying about the author http://ncronline.org/authors/john-l-allen-jr
Some of his stories were great but I was disappointed  that his theology was wrong as he put a lot of emphases on Mary.http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/author/51240/john-l-allen-jr/

I cried while reading this book as I thought how grand my life was!

While I like some of the information in this book, there is a near incessant repetition of phrases or propositions. It is good to see  what  brothers and sisters in many parts of the world experience. We need to pray for our siblings in Christ, and also themselves because such persecution may not be too far away for us.
The author, John Allen Jr., is a senior news correspondence and has many connections around the world to gain access that others may not have. . As a result he will talk about bigger picture systematic persecution as well as more personal stories. These stories are not pretty and they can be difficult to read. For instance, in the introduction he talks about the Me’eter military camp and prison in Eritrea that is pretty horrifying to consider. Not a book for kids but the mature adult.

Due to the number of narratives it often feels disjointed. While they all follow a similar theme they aren’t connected by characters. . The reader can feel overwhelmed at times. At others confused as he will make mistakes in how he communicates this material. There are paragraphs in which he shifts from one event to another when there is no specific connection between the events except what all of them have in common. Not a book to be read all at once .

I find that he does not distinguish between faiths very well. It is also quite lengthy and not easy to finish. But I did find myself praying at many times. And it will open your eyes to what many endure for the sake of Christ.  It was a good read but not one I would read again!

The blurb below  made me want to read this book! Thne read chapter one at http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/sneak-peek-the-global-war-on-christians-by-john-allen-jr/

From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in the early 21st century are the world's most persecuted religious group. According to the secular International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of violations of religious freedom in the world today are directed against Christians. In effect, our era is witnessing the rise of a new generation of martyrs. Underlying the global war on Christians is the demographic reality that more than two-thirds of the world's 2.3 billion Christians now live outside the West, often as a beleaguered minority up against a hostile majority-- whether it's Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, Hindu radicalism in India, or state-imposed atheism in China and North Korea. In Europe and North America, Christians face political and legal challenges to religious freedom. Allen exposes the deadly threats and offers investigative insight into what is and can be done to stop these atrocities.

“This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early 21st century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: The global war on Christians,” writes John Allen. “We’re not talking about a metaphorical ‘war on religion’ in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity set on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims. However counter-intuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably form the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often its new martyrs suffer in silence.”

This book looks to shatter that silence.

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