First Generation is the fascinating account of a mass migration of people into an entirely new way of life. Individual stories, written in an unadorned style, are woven like a village basket, deft and earthy and insightful. Kirkus Reviews says: “The authors’ prose is direct and succinct, and they express with impressive sensitivity and sympathy the experiences and worldviews of those they interview.”
There are only a few places on this planet where the belief systems of the ancient world remain. Isolated between the Asian giants of India and China, and protected by the forbidding Himalayan mountains, Nepal has preserved through the centuries a way of life that is still mud and straw brick—a curious world of demons, idols, and god-men. Magic, astrology, fortune-telling, and even animal sacrifices are the norm. In their departure from a 5,000-year-old culture that is rooted in ancient Mesopotamia, Nepali Christians are truly Rebels and Pioneers.
These Nepali Christians may be some of the best examples we have of the early church. They are first-generation believers. Their theology is uncomplicated, their faith is innocent, and their lives are pure. We rarely hear their stories told in their voices.
Perhaps these primitive believers, many of them illiterate, can sense something that we cannot. Perhaps they hear a message that we cannot hear in our sterile, synthetic, self-absorbed world. Perhaps they can teach us something about faith and love and living.
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About the Author
Bev Zachary is a registered nurse and mother of two outstanding young men.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Wow, I loved this book! First Generation weaves a vivid tapestry of experiences of real-life characters who evidence the transformative power of the Gospel in Nepal. I was enamored with each of their stories and, honestly, wish I could hop on a plane to Nepal to meet these extraordinary believers. Highly recommend!"
I have started reading it for the second time. Rick, you are putting together an unusual book. I believe it will bring personal challenge and encouragment to many people. It has to be read slowly, but it is worth it. There will be fruit from it! -Dale Barnes
I love the word imagery; it helps bring light to the setting of these beautiful and real testimonies. Through Rick, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the people mentioned here and always said someone should write a book about them. Thank you Rick and Bev. I will always treasure this writing.
I love biographies. They are my favorite kind of reading, especially biographies of Christian missionaries. I was so touched by the humble, faith-filled lives of the precious people that Bev and Rick introduced me to in the book! Each paints a beautiful picture of Jesus' power to transform a life from death and darkness to life and light. These stories have touched me deeply. The illustrations are beautiful and help me imagine each person. Thank you for writing the book! I hope you have a sequel in mind!