The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

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The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?  It sure didn't work in Somalia.

Nik recalls that, “God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those circumstances?” It is a question that many have asked and one that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith.

How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how?

The Insanity of God tells a story—a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story—of the Ripkens’ own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping, narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433673085
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 211,906
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Nik Ripken es un experto con respecto a la iglesia perseguida en contextos islámicos. Es misionero veterano con 30 años de experiencia. Sirvió principalmente en el norte de África y el Oriente Medio. Es el autor de “La locura de Dios” y “The Insanity of Obedience” (La locura de la obediencia) —este último, recientemente publicado—. Nik y su esposa han investigado intensamente el problema de la iglesia perseguida, como así también de los cristianos de origen musulmán, en aproximadamente 72 países.

Nik Ripken is the world's leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 30 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of The Insanity of God and the new book The Insanity of Obedience. He and his wife have done extensive research on the persecuted church, and on Muslim background believers, in approximately 72 countries.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Platt xxiii

Prologue ... Ready or Not xxvii

1 Descent into Hell 1

2 Growing Up Country 9

3 The Face of Evil 17

4 But I Wanted to Be a Veterinarian 27

5 Broken by a Smile 37

6 God's Gift: Ruth 49

7 "Take My Baby!" 57

8 Mosquitoes Win 67

9 Why Didn't I Just Keep My Mouth Shut? 75

10 Just Show Up 83

11 Bubba Sings 91

12 Tears for Somaliland 103

13 Broken and Poured Out 109

14 Too Great a Cost 117

15 When Your Best Is Not Enough 125

16 Death Follows Me Home 129

17 A New Path 137

18 Seeking Answers in the USSR 145

19 A Prison Sings 155

20 The Genealogy of Faith 163

21 Learning to Live; Learning to Die 171

22 Fear or Freedom? 181

23 Refusing to Be Silenced 189

24 Secret Rendezvous 201

25 One Extra Pair of Underwear 217

26 The Power of Prison 227

27 The Chinese Road Trip 233

28 Preparing for Persecution 245

29 Rebuked by God 255

30 Dreams and Visions 265

31 The Toughest Man I Ever Met 275

32 HeartSongs 289

33 What If He Is Alive? 301

34 It's All a Miracle ... And the Journey Begins 313

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