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Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religiousgroup, according to studiesby the Pew Research Center, Newsweek,and the Economist, among others.
A woman is caught with a Bible and publicly shot to death.An elderly priest is abducted and never seen again. Three buses full ofstudents and teachers are struck by roadside bombs. These are not casualties ofa war. These are Christian believers being persecuted for their faith in thetwenty-first century.
Many Americans do not understand that Christians today arevictims in many parts of the world. Even many Western Christians, who worshipand pray without fear of violent repercussions, are unaware that so manyfollowers of Christ live under governments and among people who are oftenopenly hostile to their faith. They think martyrdom became a rarity long ago.
Persecuted soundlyrefutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life ofChristians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely makeinternational headlines.
As Western Christians pray for the future of Christ’schurch, it is vital that they understand a large part of the world’s Christian believerslive in danger. Persecuted gives documentedaccounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, andformer Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who sufferabuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseveranceand courage..
Persecuted is far more than a thorough and moving study of this global pattern of violenceit isa cry for freedom and a call to action.
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About the Author
Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, Washington, D.C. He is the award-winning author of more than twenty books and has spoken on religious freedom, international relations, and radical Islam before Congress and the U.S. State Department and in many other nations.
Lela Gilbert is a Gold Medallion–winning freelance writer/editor of more than sixty books, including the award–winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion. She is a contributor to the Jerusalem Post, Weekly Standard Online, National Review Online, and other publications. She is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and resides in California and Jerusalem.
Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer for thirty years, joined the Hudson Institute as a senior fellow in November 2006, where she directs the Center for Religious Freedom. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have appointed her a US delegate to the United Nation's main human rights body.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians By Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea This book gives a clear picture of the situation facing many Christians today. It is a sobering, hard-hitting account of the hardships encountered by much of the modern Church. The stories are detailed and personal. On the one hand, it is a book that hurts to read, but on the other, the stories are so compelling, they make the book difficult to put down. One of the effective actions all believers can take on behalf of persecuted brethren is to pray. You will come away from this book with a clearer understanding of what many face today with a determination to make a difference. This book will challenge you, and it will not be easy reading. It is worthwhile, though, and a good exercise for those of us who have things so easy. The least we can do is to become informed and caring about those who suffer. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.
I reviewed this book from its publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine. Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christian is a well-researched, highly reliable book about persecution of Christians around the world. The book separates persecution into simple categories: persecution as a result of politics, as a result of religion, as a result of culture, and a special chapter on the rampant Islamic surge into the West and how it has already impacted the 2/3 world. I liked the way this book was divided into sections but I also found it very dry unless you were reading it for a school assignment or were very interested in facts. It was "just the facts, ma'am" type of stuff- nothing too deep or personal. If you enjoy the magazine "Voice of the Martyrs" or GfA's publications about martyrs and persecution, this book will be very interesting to you. But it won't be something to "wake you up" to the needs around the world. However, if you already know what's happening, you will come away with a fresh perspective on what brothers and sisters are actually, really going through as they live for Jesus around the world.
Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Nina Shea is s newly published book that brings to light the persecution of Christians worldwide- often overlooked by those who take Western freedoms for granted. Who would imagine the punishment that people endure simply because they are Christians. Even more incredible is that these faithful believers endure it, rather than to renounce their faith. Persecution of Christians did not end in ancient Rome with the apostles and early converts. widescale persecution: torture, imprisonment, rape and execution still occurs in countless countires all over the world. This books systematically covers those nations that punish and persecute Christians. Anecdotes and stories of these persecutions is provided to. This is not simply a book of facts, although numbers and statistics are included. This book covers stories of real people and families, with their names and where they live. This book is about real people and events occurring right this very moment. It is not about past history, but current events that you will never get to hear about in the newspaper. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular region such as the post communist countries formerly known as Russia, South Asia, Muslim countries and Africa. More indepth attention is dedicated to the Muslim countries going into detail about government policies and terrorism. This is the one resource to turn to for any information on Christian persecution. Extensive notes provides sources adding to the validity of the material for those critics. This book is not casual reading although it is written so that a layman can understand. Although the book recognizes that there are a number of Christian denominations ranging from Roman Catholic, to protestant to non denominational evangelical churches, distinctions are not made when Christian persecution is an issue as members from all denominations are persecuted indiscriminately at the hands of tyrannical regimes, governments and terrorist groups. "Christian worship services vary and traditions are stunningly different... our churches are united in belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior" page 5 As part of the ecumenical movement to focus on what unifies the various denominations, this book is not biased against one denomination or another. The author's recognize that when it comes to persecution, it is not a time to be divisive about theology. As a blogger for booksneeze I received a copy of this book published by Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing this review.
This book is very hard to read because it forces me to question if my faith is as committed and as strong as the faith of these Christians in China, North Korea, etc.
Since this book was published by a mainstream publisher (and is thus gets the official Jewish stamp of approval, since they control our media), naturally the book is going to point the finger primarily at the Muslims, and not the Jews, who are the ones behind the scenes attempting to destroy Christianity.
We must do battle eith those who persecute us. Not with weapons but with words and faith.