Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century / Edition 4by Don Richardson
Pub. Date: 08/28/2005
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals, who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don/i>/b>
From Cannibals to Christ-Followers--A True Story
In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals, who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The "peace child" became the secret to unlocking a value system that had existed through generations. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and a social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel has impacted the Sawi people, this missionary classic will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this remarkable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 18 Years
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"Thank you" shouted a thousand times from a thousand Sago thatched rooftops would not be enough to recommend this book to you. Having worked for Gospel Light for over a decade made me certainly familiar with this book that was first published in the 70s but for whatever reason I never got around to reading it. What was I thinking? I loved this book from cover to cover and did not want it to end. Don Richardson is a terrific story teller and writer. The story flows and is very compelling as I learned all about the conversion of the Sawi cannibal tribe of Irian Jaya. His discovery, explanation and illustration of God's thumbprint of a redemptive analogy in this culture will blow you away. I left this book with my mouth wide opened as I search my shelves for the other books Richardson has written. I have read thousands of books and this one is firmly in my top ten! Read this book. Live this book by finding the redemptive analogies in your own culture that God may use for His glory.
I had the pleasure of hearing Don Richardson speak before I read the book. He is one of the most engaging speakers I have ever heard, and his fiction is no less powerful. A missionary to Papua New Guinea, Richardson could not figure out how to teach these warlike people who performed cannibalism about Jesus. When he told them the story of Jesus' crucifixion, they cheered for Judas, because betraying a friend was the highest form of power for them. During a bitter war between tribes, Richardson finally found a powerful metaphor for the Incarnation, which brought about an incredible change in the people he was trying to reach.