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The Insanity of God
     

The Insanity of God

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by Gregg Lewis, Nik Ripken
 

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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

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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:
9781433678646
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
43,726
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author


Nik Ripken is the world’s leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 25 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of many articles and, along with his wife, has done extensive research on the persecuted church, and on Muslim background believers, in approximately 60 countries.

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The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my life, it has changed me. Don't read this unless you are ready to see how God works in this world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book changed the way I view God and how alive and active he IS in this world. The author uses true stories to show the reality of the petsecuted church. A must read by any Christian!
jeronimoGM More than 1 year ago
This book is very humbling! We in the US are lazy chistians. This book is like reading about Pauls experiences but happening in todays world. It is about God speaking to people that have never heard the gospel and yet God seeks them out and uses them to win others. Many times the gospel is spread when someone is sent to prison. This is a must read for Chistians!
LivingforHim More than 1 year ago
Read what it to be blessed and if it agrees with your interpretation there of. I will not be using that phrase lightly again. Read how God uses the sufferings of the persecuted to greatly increase his church of followers. After reading this book, I realized why the explosive numbers of people coming to Christ in oppressed countries such as China is because of the sufferings of the persecuted. If you are persecuted you are growing. Excellent read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This is the best book I have read this year. The author is humble yet challenging.
Flutterbella More than 1 year ago
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. The book "The Insanity of God" was not the book I had anticipated it to be. I expected that it would talk more about the loss of their son and how they continued to serve God. The reality is that was only a minor part of the book. This book had me evaluating my faith. Could I serve God if everything appeared to be failing? Would I be willing to try day after day? Nik Ripken asked questions I had thought before. Why do so many Americans not understand that we are all called to live out the great commission? For many, we don't understand "Go" to be personal. The book highlights the fact that as Americans we are spoiled. We see persecution as the exception to the rule. The reality is that for many people persecution is the rule. Yet it is in the persecution that we see the most growth. When we are growing in the midst of persecution we hold tightly to the lessons we have learned. We must be willing to go...whether we return or not is in God's hands. This book has already made an impact on me and I know as I continue to ponder the message that I will continue to mine the depths of the message. If you want God to shake up your life this book is definitely one to read! *Received a copy from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible stories teach us, truly, that Jesus is worthy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no way to read this in one sitting. The words leap off the pafpge and challenge as no other book written by man has.
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Best book I have ever read. You will not be the same person after reading this. Be prepared to experience a new level of responsibility.
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I admire anyone, regardless of faith or non-faith, who trys to help ease the atrocities in a so-called third world country. Giving aid via food, healthcare, clothing, water or any basic need without any hidden agenda. That is commendable. Doing so under the guise of bringing people under the banner of the christian faith, perhaps not so much. Looking at this book from a perspective of a person, who believes in God. It gives the overall feeling of being about Ripken's personal quest to enlighten as many people as possible. That does not mean that he hasn't seen and experienced hell on this earth, both in his personal life and professional one. The book however takes on this overall feeling of 'God speaks to me, I am his messenger and only I know the right path.' Looking at it from the perspective of a person, who doesn't believe in God. When someone believes that there is no hope for anyone without Jesus then I question how rational they are. It also equates all victims and perpetrators in African warzones if they are non-believers, because they have the same level of 'Lostness.' Devoting everything you do and each action you take to that one thing, your faith. Making that choice for yourself is one thing, but making that choice for your family and in doing so putting them in harms way is another. That of course is up to the Ripkens, however children have no choice do they. They go where they are told to go. As for the book or memoir, I felt the emphasis was completely on one person and towards the last half it lost a little clarity. The chapters on Russia and China could have been more structured. Overall reading between the lines I think the book gives a picture of how generations of people have been hounded for their faith. It shows us how religion is still one of the most dangerous and controversial topics of our day and age. I think this book, about a man trying to bring comfort and peace to others via his faith, will interest both believers and non-believers. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the book is anything like the movie than i highly reccomend both the movie and the book. Great story of the insanity of God. Is Jesus worth it? YES!!!