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Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed for running away in order to avoid marrying a Muslim man; Anila was imprisoned for helping her friend escape. In an introduction to the book, Michael Tait explains its purpose: "In a world built on free will instead of God's will, we must be the Freaks. While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus." The book's design is hip and easy to read, and its summary of Christian persecutions that continue today is useful--and frightening.


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Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed for running away in order to avoid marrying a Muslim man; Anila was imprisoned for helping her friend escape. In an introduction to the book, Michael Tait explains its purpose: "In a world built on free will instead of God's will, we must be the Freaks. While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus." The book's design is hip and easy to read, and its summary of Christian persecutions that continue today is useful--and frightening.

30 review for Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Harmonee

    What do I think? This book is more than a book. Not the Bible, but once you pray before you read it, an emotion overtakes you at the realization that this is it. I rarely feel chills or get the sudden urge to do something outrageous for God, but this book pushed me on. Not to just dive in and die, but everything. This book is a blessing. Although it was written in 1997, it feels like it was in today. So many stories impacted me. The way I think and view things. Made me realize how much of a self What do I think? This book is more than a book. Not the Bible, but once you pray before you read it, an emotion overtakes you at the realization that this is it. I rarely feel chills or get the sudden urge to do something outrageous for God, but this book pushed me on. Not to just dive in and die, but everything. This book is a blessing. Although it was written in 1997, it feels like it was in today. So many stories impacted me. The way I think and view things. Made me realize how much of a selfish human being I am. This book made me want nothing more that to pick up my heavy cross, and follow Jesus for the rest of my life. I couldn't stop talking to people about it. I would read stories in my class. For morning worship. I'd stay up late and...in all honesty... not want this book to end. But it has come to an end. And I can only pray with all of my soul...that my name will be the next in that book. I am Peter. A broken soul, one who is not perfect. One who curses, who gets angered easily. He who was the worse of the twelve. I am just like Peter. But then there is hope for those such as me, which lets me know that through God all is possible. I never want this fire within me to go out. I want it to burn bright, consuming all in its path. I am 16 years old, and I am a Jesus Freak.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    For a while I wouldn’t read “Jesus Freaks” because I thought it would be too depressing. A book about people being tortured and killed for their faith isn’t really my cup of tea. Then one day, I sat down in an aisle in Barnes and Noble and started reading it. It was hard to read, it scared me at times, but it wasn’t depressing. In fact, I was finding it uplifting and humbling. I was dumbfounded. But the more I read, the more I began to realize why I found it so uplifting. This book does an amazi For a while I wouldn’t read “Jesus Freaks” because I thought it would be too depressing. A book about people being tortured and killed for their faith isn’t really my cup of tea. Then one day, I sat down in an aisle in Barnes and Noble and started reading it. It was hard to read, it scared me at times, but it wasn’t depressing. In fact, I was finding it uplifting and humbling. I was dumbfounded. But the more I read, the more I began to realize why I found it so uplifting. This book does an amazing job of not victimizing the Martyrs. As a reader, instead of pitying the Martyrs I found myself respecting them. I respected the strength of their faith and their victories over the enemy inspired me. This book isn’t an easy read. It’s gruesome at times, the authors do not tip toe around the situations faced. They provide true accounts of everyday Christians risking their lives to stand up for what they believe in. The book consists of stories of men and women all over the world who refused to forsake Jesus, even in the face of death. However, the tone of the book is one of encouragement, which is amazing since the subject appears to be so dark. “Jesus Freaks” is almost like an anthology of short stories, each story is written in narrative structure and introduces one of the Martyrs and recounts their story in a compelling way. There are also powerful quotes throughout the book by Pastors, missionaries, and theologians that illustrate the following stories. I commend the author’s mission to raise awareness about religious persecution and to also show the courage that the Lord is giving these people. As one of the authors, Toby McKeehan writes about the Martyrs "these are the people who are changing our world by refusing to lay aside their relationship with Jesus for the mere sake of being accepted by the crowd" (Mckeehan 6). Not only is this book an inspiring read, but it is also informative about the religious oppression and revolutions going on around the world. I strongly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    I read this book as a child, and it utterly brainwashed me. It contains a few enlightening pieces of information, but I consider it a piece of unabashed propaganda. (Some of) the people in this book are willing to give their lives because they believe that Jesus is the savior of mankind who can save the souls of convinced people. I wish that the value of speaking the truth did not rest in such uncritical acceptance of words on pieces of paper that have been altered, mistranslated, and reinterpre I read this book as a child, and it utterly brainwashed me. It contains a few enlightening pieces of information, but I consider it a piece of unabashed propaganda. (Some of) the people in this book are willing to give their lives because they believe that Jesus is the savior of mankind who can save the souls of convinced people. I wish that the value of speaking the truth did not rest in such uncritical acceptance of words on pieces of paper that have been altered, mistranslated, and reinterpreted over thousands of years. There is only one story from the book I found remotely redeeming in this respect. (view spoiler)[That is the story of a man who was killed for translating the New Testament of the Bible to English. This story appeals to my interest in free and open exchange of information. (hide spoiler)] That said, this book uses strong appeals to ethos and emotion to sway the reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    This is not Foxe's Book of Martyrs. I say that before some nut begins to compare the two. Foxe's book is a genuine classic that should be required reading. This is a very good book that deals with the death of (mostly) modern day Christians. I will warn you that if you read this book you will feel small. Most of today's Christian complain about the price of gas and milk and talk about what great tribulation they go through at work because the boss expects them to do their jobs. Jesus Freaks talk This is not Foxe's Book of Martyrs. I say that before some nut begins to compare the two. Foxe's book is a genuine classic that should be required reading. This is a very good book that deals with the death of (mostly) modern day Christians. I will warn you that if you read this book you will feel small. Most of today's Christian complain about the price of gas and milk and talk about what great tribulation they go through at work because the boss expects them to do their jobs. Jesus Freaks talks about those who have been imprisoned, tortured and killed because of what they believe. They gladly went to the grave holding on to their belief in Christ. If all Christians had that kind of faith the world would have already been converted. Every one ought to check this book out, it is an easy read but it speaks volumes to the heart.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    My family and I do devotion 4-5 nights a week together, chpater by chapter. As we go through the Bible I like to pick up various devotions that are Bible based, but inspirational or fun to read afterward, as we consider the Word being applied where the rubber meets the road. One section a night takes about a 100 nights. As there are nearly that many mini 3 pages bio's of those who have gone before us. This one has been great for that purpose speaking to the hearts of children, youth, adult alike. R My family and I do devotion 4-5 nights a week together, chpater by chapter. As we go through the Bible I like to pick up various devotions that are Bible based, but inspirational or fun to read afterward, as we consider the Word being applied where the rubber meets the road. One section a night takes about a 100 nights. As there are nearly that many mini 3 pages bio's of those who have gone before us. This one has been great for that purpose speaking to the hearts of children, youth, adult alike. Reminding us of our real call and walk is not being about ourselves, but as Luke 9:23 calls us to. To Deny ourselves, Due to self, and Follow Jesus. What a grand adventure that is! So many times we think dying sacrificing our lives for the gospel sake is the ultimate. Sometimes it is. But Ohhh to be a living sacrifice for a lifetime (Romans 12:1-2) What a call that is. So pick up this book and may it encourage you to be in Thee Book living for Jesus. More and more every day.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    this is just not written well at all. and like, every other word is “Jesus freak.” They don’t use KJV, which is ironic considering that’s what people have died for through the centuries, not the ESV or NKJV, or the countless other perversions. also, this is very ecumenical and a lot of the stories have people claiming they saw angels and/or Jesus.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book was recommended to me a few yrs back by my pastor. It states it is geared towards teens and I did have my teenager read it as required reading after I read it. This is a phenomenal book I think all believers should read. The stories are true,gripping you from page one. The stories are short but powerful. The book tells about courageous men and women of all ages who took a stand for Christ from around the world. The courage these brothers and sisters displayed was nothing short of remar This book was recommended to me a few yrs back by my pastor. It states it is geared towards teens and I did have my teenager read it as required reading after I read it. This is a phenomenal book I think all believers should read. The stories are true,gripping you from page one. The stories are short but powerful. The book tells about courageous men and women of all ages who took a stand for Christ from around the world. The courage these brothers and sisters displayed was nothing short of remarkable. They gave their lives for Christ! This is happening today! Jesus was not kidding when he said “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:18-19) At first I thought this book may be a bit depressing due to the torture/killing of these courageous souls...however it had just the opposite effect. The stories are uplifting and strengthened my faith deeply. I'm looking forward to reading the second book soon....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Williams

    This book will challenge your Christian walk. At the time in my life I read it, I was going through a really difficult, post-adolescent time and it woke me up. Whatever I was going through, I wasn't a martyr, I just had a rough time. I could be going through much worse for much less. It inspired me to be a stronger, better Christian. It spurred me towards seeking God's calling for my life, and being obedient to answering that calling. Highly recommend this book to teenagers, college age kids, yo This book will challenge your Christian walk. At the time in my life I read it, I was going through a really difficult, post-adolescent time and it woke me up. Whatever I was going through, I wasn't a martyr, I just had a rough time. I could be going through much worse for much less. It inspired me to be a stronger, better Christian. It spurred me towards seeking God's calling for my life, and being obedient to answering that calling. Highly recommend this book to teenagers, college age kids, young adults, middle-age adults, old adults. Anybody ages 14 and older.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Maze

    For Christians and Messianic Jews -- eye-opening and faith building. For all others -- just a good way to see how far faith can take a person when it is all they have left. Well written, tugs at the heart strings; I will never forget these stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    SO GREAT!!! I read aloud a few of these most mornings for the past few months. It strengthened our faith so much! I highly recommend reading this. I'm sure we'll reread it again in a couple of years!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    This book is often marketed to young adults, but I think that's more because older adults often give up a lot of the zeal for God that comes with youth. It's just too easy for us (especially in the well-off, consumerist west) to forget or blow off any idea that there really are times when we might have to literally give up everything - our family, our religious community, or home, even our life - because someone more powerful than us demands it. This book is a collection of short (1-2 page) stor This book is often marketed to young adults, but I think that's more because older adults often give up a lot of the zeal for God that comes with youth. It's just too easy for us (especially in the well-off, consumerist west) to forget or blow off any idea that there really are times when we might have to literally give up everything - our family, our religious community, or home, even our life - because someone more powerful than us demands it. This book is a collection of short (1-2 page) stories, letters, and so on, each providing a glimpse into a life-event of someone who had to make a hard choice to stand for Jesus no matter what. Reading these stories is meant to inspire and teach us from the examples of others who did it right by hanging on to Jesus and Jesus alone, through even the hardest trial of their lives. The only thing I do not like about the book is the feathered pages. Sure, it's pretty and "cool" looking, but it makes it a real pain to turn pages as you're reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    TheRose

    This is a great book for someone new to Christianity, because it tells the stories of some modern-day and older martyrs. The book presents the stories in little snapshots of the moments when these people stood up for Jesus even in the face of death or torture. Some of the stories have the potential to be very moving, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with the sheer heroism and love for God that martyrdom portrays. However, the language is dumbed-down and the stories lack This is a great book for someone new to Christianity, because it tells the stories of some modern-day and older martyrs. The book presents the stories in little snapshots of the moments when these people stood up for Jesus even in the face of death or torture. Some of the stories have the potential to be very moving, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with the sheer heroism and love for God that martyrdom portrays. However, the language is dumbed-down and the stories lack the background of the person who gives up their life for God. In the end, I think I'd rather read the biography of just one person than the snapshot of the one moment of martyrdom simply because it helps you to understand why they made that choice and all the good they'd done ("white" martyrdom) leading up to it. I guess my main complaint is that the stories felt to me like I was missing too much.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Jesus Freaks is a collection of 1-2 page, very short, biographies of Christian martyrs throughout history. For what it is, it's decent. It's certainly not an in-depth look at each person's life; usually each story focuses on the events immediately leading to the person's death. If you are looking to get a broad understanding of Christian martyrdom throughout history without much detail, this is a good read. Many of the older stories are from Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The book is printed in conjunc Jesus Freaks is a collection of 1-2 page, very short, biographies of Christian martyrs throughout history. For what it is, it's decent. It's certainly not an in-depth look at each person's life; usually each story focuses on the events immediately leading to the person's death. If you are looking to get a broad understanding of Christian martyrdom throughout history without much detail, this is a good read. Many of the older stories are from Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The book is printed in conjunction with Voice of the Martyrs, so it has a tinge of their agenda, too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wingate

    "Jesus Freaks" is a compilation of the compelling stories of people who have chosen faith in Christ over preserving their own life. Patterned after the famous Fox's Book of Martyrs, it makes every Christian wonder if we could be strong enough to stand up for our faith in the same way. My major problem with this book is that it includes stories of the martyrdom of the apostles. In telling the stories, the book gives details from Scripture which are fairly accurate, ut then adds details about thei "Jesus Freaks" is a compilation of the compelling stories of people who have chosen faith in Christ over preserving their own life. Patterned after the famous Fox's Book of Martyrs, it makes every Christian wonder if we could be strong enough to stand up for our faith in the same way. My major problem with this book is that it includes stories of the martyrdom of the apostles. In telling the stories, the book gives details from Scripture which are fairly accurate, ut then adds details about their actual deaths which, in most cases is speculation based on tradition. Yet the book never delineates between the two. Tradition says Peter was crucified upside down but we don't know that for sure, yet the book tells the story as if it really happened, as if it were just as accurate as the telling of Peter's escape from prison as recorded in Acts 12. So I found myself asking, "If I can't trust the stories told about Biblical characters, how much can I trust the accounts of the other martyrs? Can I trust the the information given in quotes is accurate? How much of this book is fluffed up? I don't doubt one bit that Christians have been martyred; I merely question the accuracy of the reporting in this book. So, while it is worthwhile to read, I would say, read with caution and a questioning mind.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I stopped reading this book pretty early on. It seems like it was primarily written for 15-year-olds, which is, by no coincidence, how old I was when it was published. I'm sure that it was marketed to 15 year old me and some part of my brain put it down as, "You should probably read this book some day." But don't read it when you're 30 and more cynical than your 15 year old self. That said, stories of people standing up for what they believe in can be encouraging. What is less encouraging is the a I stopped reading this book pretty early on. It seems like it was primarily written for 15-year-olds, which is, by no coincidence, how old I was when it was published. I'm sure that it was marketed to 15 year old me and some part of my brain put it down as, "You should probably read this book some day." But don't read it when you're 30 and more cynical than your 15 year old self. That said, stories of people standing up for what they believe in can be encouraging. What is less encouraging is the attitude that everybody who is not a Christian must be some terrorist, bent on destroying Christianity. Just because someone is a Muslim or a Communist doesn't make them anti-Christian. The "Us Vs. Them" attitude of this book turned me away early on. This review is from my blog: http://mrsundquist.blogspot.com/2013/...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ellis

    Jesus Freaks is a book that describes martyrs and how they came to be classified as such. The book follows the path of Christian martyrs from the time of Christ up to modern day believers. The book gives individual stories of those that have been persecuted all over the world. It also contains information on the Christian presence in other countries today and how you can make a difference. I am thankful that I live in America where I can practice the Christian religion. After reading this book, I Jesus Freaks is a book that describes martyrs and how they came to be classified as such. The book follows the path of Christian martyrs from the time of Christ up to modern day believers. The book gives individual stories of those that have been persecuted all over the world. It also contains information on the Christian presence in other countries today and how you can make a difference. I am thankful that I live in America where I can practice the Christian religion. After reading this book, I have a new found appreciation for my freedom of religion. I am amazed at how modern day Christians must suffer in other areas of the world in order to practice and share their beliefs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Leigh

    This book is pretty amazing. Contrary to being depressing, it is actually extremely encouraging, and humbling as well. It really, really opened my eyes to the plight of many Christians worldwide, and I just can't believe that people have gone through this type of thing. One criticism I had was that I think some of the stories belonged more to the realm of Christian legend than historical truth, but most of them weren't like that. Great read, and it really helps to bring you into an awareness of This book is pretty amazing. Contrary to being depressing, it is actually extremely encouraging, and humbling as well. It really, really opened my eyes to the plight of many Christians worldwide, and I just can't believe that people have gone through this type of thing. One criticism I had was that I think some of the stories belonged more to the realm of Christian legend than historical truth, but most of them weren't like that. Great read, and it really helps to bring you into an awareness of the persecuted church in both ancient and modern times.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This volume is a wonderfully bound group of stories of men, women, and even children who risked their freedoms, their families, and even thier own lives in order to spread and protect the Word of God. A beautiful work of hope, faith, and Christ, this book deserves a place on every bookshelf. I really liked reading the inspirational quotes and passages written at the end of each martyr's story. I think that in the future and even now these quotes can help me through hard times. I thank you, Mrs. Kik This volume is a wonderfully bound group of stories of men, women, and even children who risked their freedoms, their families, and even thier own lives in order to spread and protect the Word of God. A beautiful work of hope, faith, and Christ, this book deserves a place on every bookshelf. I really liked reading the inspirational quotes and passages written at the end of each martyr's story. I think that in the future and even now these quotes can help me through hard times. I thank you, Mrs. Kiker, for recommending this story to me. It has really made me become a Jesus Freak! :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Erikson

    300 pages of the same kind of story from the past 2,000 years. Incredible, inspirational, and awesome (in every sense of the word 'awe') real-life stories, but the monotony of it began to make each story feel less and less incredible since they were all told in the same way, same structure, same outcome. It's a quick read, but take your time, otherwise you'll be underwhelmed with the similarities as I was rather than awed in more episodic chunks as the format can lend itself to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ty Lukasiewicz

    great book about christian martyrs. I read about half of this book a year ago and decided to finish it this past week. the stories were encouraging but also sad. each story was short only about 2-3 pages in all. I definitely struggle with books like these because I read one chapter and then I feel done. takes me awhile to finish them. I have foxes book of martyrs and I think I might read it next. recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deepak George

    A nicely compiled and smartly documented report on the suffering of true Christians around the world.. Makes you feel glad,thankful and blessed to have the freedom to worship!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Get the kleenex box before you read this book. ALthough your eyes will be filled with tears your heart will forever be changed. I just pray I too can be sucha astrong witness for my Savior.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Lawrence Dow

    Inspirational true stories about people who have stood up for their faith in Christ. I drew motivation from it and it fueled my heart for missions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Carlson

    I was expecting much more from this book. The cover and book design is terrific! That initially drew me to the book. There are wonderful quotes posted here and there that I copied down in my journal. I enjoyed finding out about people that I hadn't heard of before, which leads me to my main problem with the book. Most of the stories were very limited in details other than the grotesque torture and executions that these people endured. I would have liked to know more about the individual's belief I was expecting much more from this book. The cover and book design is terrific! That initially drew me to the book. There are wonderful quotes posted here and there that I copied down in my journal. I enjoyed finding out about people that I hadn't heard of before, which leads me to my main problem with the book. Most of the stories were very limited in details other than the grotesque torture and executions that these people endured. I would have liked to know more about the individual's beliefs and what exactly they were taking a stand on. Some stories did get into that info, but most did not. I was especially curious about the people tortured and executed by the Church of England. It did lead me to do research on the people in question. I also noticed that some of the stories were made more interesting with details that were most likely made up. Some stories were more myth in which no one really knows what happened. The writing style was too simplistic and amateur for my taste. The back of the book contains a list of countries and a brief description of their stand against Christians. Since the book was written in the 90s, it is very interesting to research these countries to see where they stand now. I looked up the website for the non-profit to support martyrs and Christians who are persecuted around the world and it looks like they are still going strong. The book does good in showing how faith can withstand a great deal of pain by focusing on the Kingdom of Heaven. In America today, we rarely have to experience persecution. That's why you hear Americans complain that they are being persecuted when they pick up their coffee at Starbucks and it doesn't have a Christmas tree design on the side. I marvel at the Christians in this book who had scripture memorized because they weren't allowed to have a bible, but so many American Christians don't even read the many bibles they have lying around their homes. The persecuted are truly the blessed ones.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather Martinez

    Fantastic Book! This book was written by the Christian Rock band-DC Talk and the organization-The Voice of the Martyrs. Although this book came out in 1999 it is still very relevant for today. It is basically a copilation of stories about Christians being martyred for their faith. Though every century since Christ died there are stories listed in this book of those believers that lost their lives for their faith in Christ. A very convicting book in the least. For me, there is alot of eye candy i Fantastic Book! This book was written by the Christian Rock band-DC Talk and the organization-The Voice of the Martyrs. Although this book came out in 1999 it is still very relevant for today. It is basically a copilation of stories about Christians being martyred for their faith. Though every century since Christ died there are stories listed in this book of those believers that lost their lives for their faith in Christ. A very convicting book in the least. For me, there is alot of eye candy in it. Meaning I love the texture of the book. The pics inside, the different typesets used and the jagged edges of the paper to make the book appear old or worn. These are all asthetics but add value and character to the book in my opinion. This is not a short book. It is over 350 pgs but I was able to read it in less than a week. The stories are what captivate the reader to keep reading. Definately a book to recommend if you are someone involved in missions or have a desire to pray and help the persecuted church.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ayla

    I believe this book was meant to be put in my reading shelf. This book I felt was very educational it had opened my eyes to see that Christianity is not as strong as it should be and many people have and are still dying for the love of Jesus Christ. The book is great! I would not recommend you reading it through like I have it was made for you to read one story put it down and then read another later on. It started getting hard to read when I got towards the end. The book is very factual is why I believe this book was meant to be put in my reading shelf. This book I felt was very educational it had opened my eyes to see that Christianity is not as strong as it should be and many people have and are still dying for the love of Jesus Christ. The book is great! I would not recommend you reading it through like I have it was made for you to read one story put it down and then read another later on. It started getting hard to read when I got towards the end. The book is very factual is why I think I had so much trouble with it. I feel that I understand Christianity a lot from the way these people die and endure all the torture without a blink of an eye. I have a lot more respect of those who do missionary work. My husband thinks the way the book was manufactured was beautiful. It has faux weathered pages and aged cover.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Zimmer

    Jesus Freaks by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs is about how people were martyrs for believing in Christ. Most start with them having to hide due to their faith otherwise known as religious persecution. The middle is the story on what happened to them that led them to their death. Most end with a sad explanation of how they were executed, but some have miraculous survival stories. One example of the good ending is a guy sent to be boiled alive in oil but God protected him then the king had him b Jesus Freaks by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs is about how people were martyrs for believing in Christ. Most start with them having to hide due to their faith otherwise known as religious persecution. The middle is the story on what happened to them that led them to their death. Most end with a sad explanation of how they were executed, but some have miraculous survival stories. One example of the good ending is a guy sent to be boiled alive in oil but God protected him then the king had him burned but he still managed to survive the flames. This shows that he believed in God and his God protected him. One with a bad ending is this guy who was arrested for his belief in Jesus Christ and was sentenced to be burned at the steak and was tied to it and was burned alive and the whole time until completely died he prayed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    BG45

    I've read through this book three times in my life. The first as a young Baptist, when it first came out, and it was mind blowing and chilling to me. What would I do if faced with these sorts of choices? Would I, in a similar position be willing to die for my faith? That's not a question a young person should be asking themselves. The other two times I've read through the book, I've done so as a Catholic, and taken note of how biased some of the examples can be to appeal to an entirely Evangelic I've read through this book three times in my life. The first as a young Baptist, when it first came out, and it was mind blowing and chilling to me. What would I do if faced with these sorts of choices? Would I, in a similar position be willing to die for my faith? That's not a question a young person should be asking themselves. The other two times I've read through the book, I've done so as a Catholic, and taken note of how biased some of the examples can be to appeal to an entirely Evangelical perspective, twisting some stories, if not outright seeming to change them. Plus the language is at such an underdeveloped level. Though I suspect that's because they're making an effort to be "hip" as the description says here on Goodreads.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Great book. It shares stories of martyrs from all over the world spanning just after Jesus died until as recent as 1999 (when the book was published). Most stories are between one and three pages, so just small snapshots of each person or group’s stand for their faith. Some “martyrs” discussed did not die but faced horrible torture or other cruelties, but many did. It puts in perspective how many people have given up their lives for the faith. This is only a small percent, think of how many more Great book. It shares stories of martyrs from all over the world spanning just after Jesus died until as recent as 1999 (when the book was published). Most stories are between one and three pages, so just small snapshots of each person or group’s stand for their faith. Some “martyrs” discussed did not die but faced horrible torture or other cruelties, but many did. It puts in perspective how many people have given up their lives for the faith. This is only a small percent, think of how many more whose stories we don’t know and maybe never will. But God does and He honors them greatly in heaven.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christian Barrett

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can honestly say I was encouraged by the stories these faithful Christians. However, there were no in-text citations for the book and that was a bit of struggle, for I would have liked to have the opportunity to read more about these accounts. They also use legends regarding the deaths of the apostles, which I found a bit perplexing for the addition of not entirely accurate stories takes away from the true stories of other martyrs. Will this encourage you in yo I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can honestly say I was encouraged by the stories these faithful Christians. However, there were no in-text citations for the book and that was a bit of struggle, for I would have liked to have the opportunity to read more about these accounts. They also use legends regarding the deaths of the apostles, which I found a bit perplexing for the addition of not entirely accurate stories takes away from the true stories of other martyrs. Will this encourage you in your walk with Jesus? Yes. Are there better books out there? Yes.

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