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Beyond Belief

March 11, 2014

Beyond Belief:What The Martyrs said to God (Zondervan,2002) By Duane Arnold and Robert Hudson is a short but powerful introduction to persecution in the Christian both historically and currently. For many Christians living in the west there is a disconnect with the reality that more people have been martyred for their faith since the year 1900 than in the previous 1900 years of church history combined. This along with the casual use of the word “persecuted” to often mean little more than inconvenienced or not affirmed contribute to a lack of understanding about “suffering for the cause of Christ.” This book could be a great resource to help remedy the situation. The book begins with Martyrs of the Bible then moves rapidly to Martyrs of The Early Church. Each entry contains a brief biographical note and a reflection or prayer from the martyr themselves. Some of the names and quotations are familiar but others are not. They can be read aloud in 60 to 90 seconds.

“There is but One King that I know. It is He whom I love and worship. If I were to be killed a thousand times for my loyalty to Him, I would still be His servant. Christ is on my lips, Christ is on my heart; No amount of suffering will take Him from me”

                                                                                                                                                                 Genesius of Rome

The book continues with chapters on Missionary Martyrs and concludes with Modern Martyrs, 60 readings in all. The short 136 pages make it an ideal introduction to praying for the persecuted church, celebrating the ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs or making intercession for our brothers and sisters in other part of the world facing suffering come alive. The afterward by Madeleine L’ Engle is thought provoking as well. This short useful volume is well worth having and sharing with your students or enhancing your personal devotional life. 

One Comment
  1. Many thanks for your kind remarks. You might be interested in the “extension” of the book in in which we have placed certain of the prayers to music with the help of some old friends like Phil Keaggy, Margaret Becker, Randy Stonehill and many others.

    Duane Arnold

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