Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage

Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage

by Matthew Archbold


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Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage by Matthew Archbold

Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage celebrates the lives of eighteen Christian men, women, and children who chose to do what they knew to be right, even if the rest of the world hated them for it. Read the fascinating behind-the-scenes true stories of Christians who made the headlines, including: Mother Antonia Brenner, Heather Mercer, Fr. Mychal Judge, Jill Stanek, Sister Laura Mainetti, Jack Phillips, Joe Kennedy, and George Isajiw.

These behind-the-scenes stories of Christians who made courageous decisions in a moment of crisis, reveal the courage and inner strength of these individuals who chose life in Christ, even when it meant public ridicule, rejection, or death.

This book is about decisions and consequences and the emotional journey in between, and delivers a beautiful and much-needed message of hope. Each story concludes with questions that may be used for group discussion or personal reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632530943
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,274,016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew Archbold is a professional journalist, blogger and columnist for Catholic Digest and National Catholic Register. He and his brother Patrick produce the Creative Minority Report: We Laugh Because We Believe.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Unforgettable Stories of Forgiveness 1

Chapter 1 Angels Atop Schoolhouses: The West Nickel Mines Amish School 1

Chapter 2 The Triumph over Emptiness Sr. Laura Mainetti 12

Chapter 3 The Hardest to Forgive: Catherine Adair 18

Inspiring Stories About Loving Strangers 27

Chapter 4 Love That Liberates Mother Antonia Brenner 27

Chapter 5 The Medical Mission Philip Hawley, Jr. 32

Chapter 6 Love for the Win Lauren Hill 41

Chapter 7 A Home of Hope Dr. George Isajiw 46

Courageous Stories About Trusting God 55

Chapter 8 "Save My School" Tommy Geromichalos 55

Chapter 9 The Unexpected Miracle Meghan Johnson 60

Chapter 10 A Man and His Rosary Mike Casey 69

Chapter 11 Fighting the Deadly Silence Jill Stanek 74

Memorable Stories of Self-Sacrifice 87

Chapter 12 Victim 0001: Father Mychal Judge 87

Chapter 13 Losing Fear Heather Mercer 92

Chapter 14 The Friend of My Final Moment: The Monks of Tibhirine 105

Dramatic Stories of Courage 119

Chapter 15 Kneeling on the Fifty-Yard Line Joe Kennedy 119

Chapter 16 Miracle Gianna Jessica Chominski 125

Chapter 17 The Wedding Cake Jack Phillips 137

Chapter 18 Losing All, but Not Everything Kanaka Rekha Nayak 144

Conclusion 149

Acknowledgments 151

Bibliography 153

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Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KaitlynMason More than 1 year ago
After one quick look around the world, I think we can all agree that it’s not easy being a Christian. Fortunately, God always goes with us into the hard places! If you need to be reminded of this, then “Faith Under Fire” by Matthew Archbold is a great book for you! Mind you, this book is not for the faint of heart. But then again… is Christianity? I mean, the great symbol of our faith is a crucifix, a cross, something used to kill someone. And as Christians, we are all called to follow Christ even if it costs us our life. This book will take you to these hard places. It will show you that Christ is always there, that He always goes before us, and that He always overcomes evil. Yes, we must suffer with Christ while we are on earth, but if we stay close to Him, this suffering brings us into new and everlasting life. And this is why we should count suffering as joy! “Faith Under Fire” takes you through the stories of several courageous individuals who exemplify through their actions what it means to be a true Christian. They are people who have tried to follow Christ with their whole heart, no matter what the cost. Some of the stories are difficult to read and contain some gory details. For this reason, I would give this book an R rating, and I would not give it to teens without reading it first and providing a lot of guidance and discussion. The author anticipates that this is a book for discussing, so each chapter contains some very helpful questions at the back. This makes the book ideal for any kind of Bible Study, book club, or group of friends wanting to explore their faith together on a deeper level. Be prepared to walk through a whole range of emotions as you read this book. But if you’re looking for something that’s going to prepare you for absolutely anything this world can throw at a Christian… don’t miss “Faith Under Fire!” “In this (salvation) you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1: 6-7
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
In a relatively short book Faith Under Fire, Matthew Archbold shares 18 stories of men, women and children standing up against the odds for their Christian beliefs. Through these stories, Archbold shows that even faced with censure, loss of jobs, prison or even death, these individuals triumphed. Each story is preceded by a selection from the Bible and followed by a series of questions for reflection or discussion. In times like we are facing now, these serve as a reminder that Christian persecution is not new, and that others have stood strong in their beliefs. The question now is can we be as strong in our beliefs and faith as they have been. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Franciscan Media in exchange for a fair and honest review.