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God is Red

- The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

by Liao Yiwu


‘Liao Yiwu is the most censored contemporary writer in China today.’ (page v)
Yiwu writes about the church in China as a ‘non-believer’, and in this sense his perspective is that of an outsider, giving him an unique perspective on it. The book’s eighteen chapters span the time between 2002 and 2010, though they also reflect on the past experiences of those concerned. The style of writing is that of reflective essays based on interviews with those mentioned in the pages.
These are interviews with real people and their life stories are presented concisely and movingly - their steadfast loyalty to Christ is set alongside their fears and failures. Liao Yiwu opens a window onto the resurgence of Christianity, exploring it in the context of the brutal repression of the past, the continuing persecution of the church in the present and the countries move toward modernisation and consumerism.
It is in many ways a roll call of every day heroes, people like Wang Zhiming who was executed in 1973. He is one of the ten twentieth century martyrs honoured with statues in Westminster Abbey. Wang’s story is told by his son, himself a church leader in China.
This is a book that will move, challenge and encourage the reader.

Review by John Macaulay  (24/11/11)
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Publisher: Harper One from Gardners Books
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-062-07846-9

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The Power to Save

- A History of the Gospel in China

by Bob Davey


China sometimes appears mysterious and even threatening to those of us in the West. Few are aware of the unabated growth of the Christian Church in almost every Chinese province. Bob Davey traces the exciting and complex history of Chinese Christianity from the arrival of the first missionary to the present day. Here are Robert Morrison and Hudson Taylor. Here are Chinese leaders such as Wang Mingdao and Marcus Cheng, Watchman Nee, Li Tianen and many others, names known and unknown in the West. These were the leaders who worked tirelessly to evangelise and who, in spite of opposition, persecution, prison and labour camps, saw the unconquerable power of the Gospel change millions of lives. Davey has provided a well-researched and comprehensive description of events, movements and key people in the development of China and the Chinese Church over the past 150 years. His easy to read style made this reviewer want to keep on reading. Here is the exciting story of what God can do in the most difficult and unpromising circumstances. Highly recommended.

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Review by Graham Wise  (24/11/11)
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Publisher: EP (Evangelical Press)
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-852-34743-0

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Mugabe and the White African



by Ben Freeth


The first thing to say about this book is this: read it immediately. The second thing to say is this: think about what it means to be a Christian, and ask yourself how well we remember to model ourselves upon Christ and to depend upon God. Ben Freeth is a white Zimbabwean farmer, and this is his story of what it means not to flee from oppressive and life-threatening tyranny but to stand firm against it. He has done this partly through the innate instinct which ties a human being to the land on which he was born, but also through the sheer conviction that Jesus was walking beside him each step of the way. It’s a painful but inspiring story – and it’s not yet over.
Ben believes that the battle in Zimbabwe, as in so many African countries, is being fought in the spiritual realm. He contrasts Botswana, a landlocked, desert country led by a man whose family has been Christian for generations to the point where it is now a free and peaceful society and the fastest growing economy in the world, with Zimbabwe, where leaders with allegiance to violent ancestral spiritual traditions have taken a country with the highest literacy levels and most prosperous agricultural economy on the continent into decades of poverty, violence and hunger. ‘The reason that Africa is hungry is not because of physical factors,’ he points out; ‘Africa is hungry because of the covenant with death and the web of lies in which it has encased itself.’ I am reminded of the startling comment by atheist journalist Matthew Parris: "Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete." Draw your own conclusions.

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Review by Alison Morgan  (06/08/11)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Lion
Published: 17 June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-745-95546-9

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Finding Oasis

- Powerful Stories From the Slums of Mumbai

by Clare Nonhebel


This book gives a real insight of how a Christian from the West views India, and how charitable organizations do their work in India. The author retells the stories she has been told by many people that Oasis helps.
The author covers in her interviews many different issues the people face, and these from people of a variety of ages. The organization started with a very few people and has now grown to work in three cities. Among the many interesting facts in the book are that the vast majority of the paid workers are from India and that many were helped and given training by Oasis in many different skills. Very few of the management team appear to be European.
The book gives a good insight into the working of Oasis
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in India and how voluntary organisations operate there.

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Review by Barbara Stoneham  (05/01/11)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-850-78859-1

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Our Witch Doctors Are Too Weak

- The Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe

by Davey & Marie Jank


A missionary’s tale with a difference. Davey Jank tells with disarming frankness of his trials and tribulations while learning the language and culture of the Amazon tribe he and his fellow missionaries have been sent to teach the Good News.
He writes with a lightness of touch that does not disguise the difficulties he faces though the way he tells his story raises smiles. Not only has he to learn the language with no prior help or knowledge but he and his team have to turn their new found skill from speech into the written word. Not till they can teach the tribe from a printed book can they start to teach God’s word. Not only have they to create a written form of the language they will have to teach their pupils to read and write. The importance of learning the tribe’s culture is stressed. What is familiar to us is a completely strange concept to them and wrong impressions can easily be given which give rise to distortions of the truth.
Now, many years later, there are many Wilo believers and the witchdoctors are losing their hold and even coming to faith themselves.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (21/12/10)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 10 October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-857-21008-1

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Tainted Legacy

- Islam, Colonialism and Slavery in Northern Nigeria

by Yusufu Turaki


Attacks in the past few years by Muslims on Christians in Nigeria have left thousands of Christians dead. Most attacks have occurred in the Middle Belt and the North. Some Islamists are calling for the establishment of a full Islamic State under shari‘a law. Yusufu Turaki sets out clearly and with factual evidence the effects of Islam from its first Nigerian converts in the eighteenth century to the present day. Islam is not only a religion but a way of life in which religion, politics and society cannot be separated. As a way of life Islam shapes the policies and structures of government in Muslim countries. The book helpfully sets out the way in which British colonial power confirmed Muslim superiority over Christians and native Africans, and its general antipathy towards Christian missions, a legacy which has ensured continuing violence and hostility between Muslims and Christians. Although about the Nigerian experience this is a timely study showing the true nature of Islam in historic and contemporary society. It traces the origins of the present crisis to the historical impact of Islam on Northern Nigerian society and teaches important lessons for all Western Societies impacted by Islam today.

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Review by Graham Wise  (17/12/10)
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Publisher: Isaac Publishing, from Barnabas Fund UK
Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-982-52180-9

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Africa Theology on the Way

- Current Conversations

Edited by Diane B. Stinton

ISBN: 978-0-281-06251-5
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Published: 15 July 2010
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In Japan the Crickets Cry

- How Could Steve Metcalf Forgive the Japanese

by Ronald Clements & Steve Metcalf

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Published: August 2010
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The Compact Guide to World Religions



by Sean O’Callaghan

ISBN: 978-0-745-95318-2
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Published: 20 August 2010
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Killing Fields, Living Fields

- Faith in Cambodia

by Don Cormack

ISBN: 978-1-845-50511-0
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Published: 2009
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Song of the Nightingale



by Helen Berhane with Emma Newrick

ISBN: 978-1-850-78864-5
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Published: 2009
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Merchant to Romania

- Business in Post-Communist Eastern Europe

by Jeri Little

ISBN: 978-1-846-25171-9
Price: £8.00

Published: 2009
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Look What God Is Doing!

- True Stories of People Around the World Changed by the Gospel

by Dick Eastman

ISBN: 978-0-800-79474-3
Price: £8.99

Published: 2009
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In Strength Not Our Own

- A Maasai Medical Miracle

by Georgie Orme & Irene Howat

ISBN: 978-1-845-50334-5
Price: £7.99

Published: March 2010
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My Father, Maker of the Trees

- How I Survived the Rwandan Genocide

by Eric Irivuzumugabe

ISBN: 978-0-801-01320-1
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Published: 2009
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Ashram Diary

- In India With Bede Griffiths

by Thomas Matus

ISBN: 978-1-846-94161-0
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Published: Autumn 2009
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Christ Walks Where Evil Reigned

- Responding to the Rwandan Genocide

by Emmanuel M. Kolini, Archbishop of Rwanda & Peter R. Holmes

ISBN: 978-1-934-06841-0
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Published: 2007
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Jumping Through Fires

- The Gripping Story of One Man’s Escape from Revolution to Redemption

by David Nasser

ISBN: 978-0-801-07259-8
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Published: 2009
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Love Has a Face

- Mascara, a Machete and One Woman’s Miraculous Journey With Jesus in Sudan

by Michele Perry

ISBN: 978-0-800-79478-1
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Published: 2009
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Married To a Martyr

- A Story of Tragedy and Hope

by Jonathan Carswell with Joanna Wright

ISBN: 978-1-850-78785-3
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Published: 2008
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