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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. 5 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

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4 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.

  5. 5 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....

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    nerd culture is mainstream now. [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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I've read a few stories from this book and NEED to get the book to read. I've read a few stories from this book and NEED to get the book to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becca Harris

    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! 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!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    Jesus freaks is many stories about people’s life with God in their lives, and people even risking their lives for God. Jesus freaks is all true stories. In all the books of Jesus freaks, the people are brave and courageous. They won’t ever give up on what they believe on even if if mean dying because they were preaching the gospel. The highlights for me is when they pray for the people torturing them and when they convert others to christianity. My favourite part was when they didn’t give up eve Jesus freaks is many stories about people’s life with God in their lives, and people even risking their lives for God. Jesus freaks is all true stories. In all the books of Jesus freaks, the people are brave and courageous. They won’t ever give up on what they believe on even if if mean dying because they were preaching the gospel. The highlights for me is when they pray for the people torturing them and when they convert others to christianity. My favourite part was when they didn’t give up even if someone was threatening them. Also I liked the parts where miracles happen that couldn’t have happened without God. Some parts of the book weren’t as exiting as other parts. The writer sometimes goes into to much depth. It get a bit boring, but most of the stories don’t get boring and usually make you want to read faster to see what happens. I definitely would recommend this book to others. If you like true stories of true fighters and believers of God who put their faith first, this book is definitely for you.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 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/...

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 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.

  20. 4 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. 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.

  21. 4 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.

  22. 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!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was very sad, but encouraging and uplifting also. It makes you (or would make you) feel like you want to do something more and stand up for your faith.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isaiah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review 4 DC Talk and The Voice Of The Martyrs Jesus Freaks Have you ever been persecuted, hated, and even tortured by others just because of your faith and belief in Jesus Christ and God? Have ever been afraid of revealing or telling others in you believe in God and Jesus? Thousands of Christian Martyrs around the world experience the same things everyday. Some of the greatest martyrs who died standing up for Jesus Christ are in the book Jesus Freaks. The Stories of these martyrs are inspiri Book Review 4 DC Talk and The Voice Of The Martyrs Jesus Freaks Have you ever been persecuted, hated, and even tortured by others just because of your faith and belief in Jesus Christ and God? Have ever been afraid of revealing or telling others in you believe in God and Jesus? Thousands of Christian Martyrs around the world experience the same things everyday. Some of the greatest martyrs who died standing up for Jesus Christ are in the book Jesus Freaks. The Stories of these martyrs are inspiring, they have many references to the Scripture, and the stories themselves are interesting to read about. These stories are meant to inspire readers 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. One of the stories shows alot of that like the story of Anila and Perveen. Two girls about 17/18 years old who live in Pakistan and they are brutally tortured and killed for what they believe in. Anila converted Perveen who was Muslim into Christianity. Perveen’s parents strongly disapproved of this and tried to force her back to her old Religion, but she ran and her parents called the police and they arrested Alina and her pastor. She was beaten and tortured for the entire day and was released. Months later Perveen’s parents found her and they sent her brother to kill Perveen. Then Alina was arrested again and suffered more for a month and through thousands of prayers around the world she was released and acquitted of all charges. To this very day she hides from the radical Muslims strong in the Lord who has given her the strength to carry on doing God’s will. Real life events that are happening today have been foretold by God thousands of years ago. Things like economy crash, new world order, even natural disasters have all been predicted by the Bible for the Ending of Days. That however is not the only thing that has been referenced in the Bible, peoples’ lives. In Jesus Freaks the stories that they have are somehow references to the Bible that show that the Bible is the truth and everything that has been said in the Bible is coming to reality. Like the story of Alina and Perveen, Perveen was killed by her own brother, because she converted and her own father approved of it. Jesus says, “Brothers will give their own brothers to be killed, and fathers will give their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and have them put to death. All people who keep their faith until the end will be saved”(Mathew 10:21,22). Doesn’t the same thing Jesus say happen in the World today? People around the world Muslim, Atheist, Jewish, Catholic, everyday people who don’t have a care for Religion, all sizes, race, people, and colors have all found God and Jesus Christ. The stories in which they converted and have stayed with the Lord are amazing and interesting to read about the power of God at work. Ivan was a Private in the Soviet Union during the cold war. He always believed in God and sang in worship to God, but everyday he was interrogated by the Communists who tried to re-educate him into believing in there Atheist ways of Science. When an Angel descended to Earth to see him the Angel gave him encouraging words from God to not be afraid because he was with him. Then he grew even stronger and happier in the Lord and told of God to his comrades in the barracks. Soon they were converted, but then his officers tried to strip him of his faith and ordered him stand in the cold Russian winter in a summer uniform until he renounced his faith. He stood there for an entire day praying and praising the lord. He was cold but never died, for God was with him and he never gave up on God and for twelve nights he was ordered to do the same thing. Soon however the communists killed him and he is now in heaven enjoying the riches he earned. His experience in life has inspired me never to lose faith in God no matter what happens to me. I loved this book for its inspirational text and stories I have read, my new view of the world, and for helping me to stay stronger in God. I recommend it to everyone so they may to read about the greatness of God through real life stories and events that happened in people’s lives and they may develop a relationship or a stronger one with the Lord. I rate this great piece of work a Five Out Of Five and I pray you find this book as great as I do. It is an interesting, spiritual, and inspiring ride that shows you what is truely happening in the lives of Christians in countries who oppose it or even God. I ask that you pray for these countries and people so that one day they to may find the joy and love of the Lord and pray for all those who suffer by them so God may give them the strength to over come there obstacles. Enjoy the novel and may God bless you through your lives.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    The writing isn't brilliant or professional, and the research/ documentation seems spotty and occasionally suspect, but many of the stories are still powerful. It's amazing to see and hear what people throughout history and into the present have been willing to endure for the sake of their love for Jesus. They deserve the title Jesus Freaks, and I am blessed to follow in their faith tradition, if not in their sacrifices. I appreciated that the stories covered a range of historical eras, into the The writing isn't brilliant or professional, and the research/ documentation seems spotty and occasionally suspect, but many of the stories are still powerful. It's amazing to see and hear what people throughout history and into the present have been willing to endure for the sake of their love for Jesus. They deserve the title Jesus Freaks, and I am blessed to follow in their faith tradition, if not in their sacrifices. I appreciated that the stories covered a range of historical eras, into the present, as well as a wide range of geo-political settings and ethnicities. I think reading this book should be a good reminder to American Christians of what persecution against the church really looks like, and also how badly wrong things tend to go when religions, Christian or otherwise, get political power. The stories set throughout the UK, with "Christians" killing Christians, were an especially good reminder. We don't need power other than the power of our faith, as it's not our job to seek a political kingdom. It's just our job to live faithful to our calling, whatever price that may entail, until our time on Earth is through. I appreciated the bibliography and recommended reading at the back of the book, even if it did seem spotty and perhaps inadequate as historical resources, and lacking in specific citations within the stories. And I also appreciated the resources provided by VOM about the modern day persecuted church. But this book was printed in 1999, and most of the material is badly out of date, especially politically. And comments about something happening "last year" are bound to go out of date extremely quickly. Even so, I'll probably read the other Jesus Freaks books. The stories are short and easy to read, so they are great for a daily devotional, as well as a great reminder of the value of our faith. I also intend to do further research, hopefully with some legitimate sources, on the same topic. Foxe's Book of Martyrs, here I come.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I was unable to rush through this book. The narratives are so intense and moving that I could bear it only a few pages at a time. I believe it would be much easier to be an outright martyr than to be tortured, especially tortured over a long period of time. I wonder about myself, about my dedication and courage. So ... not everyone in the book is a martyr, but those who were tortured and later released also have my utmost respect and gratitude. They kept the faith. My edition of the book had a l I was unable to rush through this book. The narratives are so intense and moving that I could bear it only a few pages at a time. I believe it would be much easier to be an outright martyr than to be tortured, especially tortured over a long period of time. I wonder about myself, about my dedication and courage. So ... not everyone in the book is a martyr, but those who were tortured and later released also have my utmost respect and gratitude. They kept the faith. My edition of the book had a lot of updates through 2011, and there is a website link to use to learn about more recent happenings. Some of the requests for prayer for the persecuted, listed by country in the back, had not been updated ... for instance, Iraq and Saddam Hussein. The earliest martyr written about was, of course, Stephen as written in the book of Acts. The history of William Tyndale and the Plowman Bible is a rich part of Christian history that you will want to know. This section ends, "Tyndale's translation was so accurate that 75 years later, when the King James Version of the Bible was published, it was based largely upon Tyndale's work. In fact, about 90 percent of the words remain exactly as he wrote them!" Links are provided and suggestions listed for those who are ready to involve themselves more in praying for or assisting international Christian prisoners. Isaiah 42:6-7 "I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison. "

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kameela Fletcher

    This book kind of started of slow for me but got better each story. I would say that this isn't one of those books you can read in a couple of days. It was hard for me because each story was very sad, and it ended up taking me a couple of weeks. It was a book that I was told a little bit about by my parents, and we started reading it as a family. I became more interested in it and decided to read it further. I loved this book it was great but I wouldn't suggest to any readers that have weak stoma This book kind of started of slow for me but got better each story. I would say that this isn't one of those books you can read in a couple of days. It was hard for me because each story was very sad, and it ended up taking me a couple of weeks. It was a book that I was told a little bit about by my parents, and we started reading it as a family. I became more interested in it and decided to read it further. I loved this book it was great but I wouldn't suggest to any readers that have weak stomaches. It was very sad but it makes me feel more confident on what I am reading and how it affects all the people in the stories. This book really tests your believes and your strengths. DC Talk uses the whole book to talk about how thousands of ordinary people have dedicated their lives to God, and will do anything to be with him in heaven. He tests these people and he looks for the ones that will follow him no matter what. All of the stories have someone dieing in it, and that is the sad part but it is for a reason. They risk their life like this one lady wouldn't give up her bible because that was all she had, and really that was all that she needed. The soldiers took of her clothes and hung her in the middle of the town for everyone to see. After that she still refused to give it up and died instead. Every story is formatted the exact same. It starts out with a title. At the end it has a scripture, and the actual story was almost the exact same every story. Overall I enjoyed this book but probably will not read again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Manuel

    Jesus Freaks is a book of short stories united under a consistent theme. They are stories of people who have been persecuted for their Christian faith. The stories range from the time of the early church up until the 1980s-90s. It is a challenging book to read as you are reading through story after story of people being killed, tortured, and imprisoned for their faith. It forces one to face the reality of persecution that believers in places like the US and Europe don't have to deal with. Anothe Jesus Freaks is a book of short stories united under a consistent theme. They are stories of people who have been persecuted for their Christian faith. The stories range from the time of the early church up until the 1980s-90s. It is a challenging book to read as you are reading through story after story of people being killed, tortured, and imprisoned for their faith. It forces one to face the reality of persecution that believers in places like the US and Europe don't have to deal with. Another unexpected challenge was the presence of love in many of these stories and how many of those being persecuted prayed for and loved those who were doing horrific things to them. It really should make us evaluate how we react to those who simply make fun of those who follow Christ or are simply not following Him themselves. A couple of things set this book back for me. One is that it is just tough to go through story after story of persecution. It may be eye-opening and true, but it is not necessarily what I would call enjoyable reading. My other detraction is a nitpick. That is that in their handling of some of the 12 disciples they don't do a good job of letting us know that with some of the disciples the stories we have are not completely certain. It's a nitpick I know, but it bugged me for some reason.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Aldrich

    Do you that there are countries that don't allow you to follow Christ? You would go to a prison or die if caught, or . Jesus freaks is a very deep books about people for Christ. A Jesus Freak is defined as a person who is willing to die for Christ, and not doubt their faith. This book was made by d.c talk, a band with members including Toby Mac. This book is composed mainly of short true stories of people who lived for Christ. Every person, no matter from what time, was either put into prison, o Do you that there are countries that don't allow you to follow Christ? You would go to a prison or die if caught, or . Jesus freaks is a very deep books about people for Christ. A Jesus Freak is defined as a person who is willing to die for Christ, and not doubt their faith. This book was made by d.c talk, a band with members including Toby Mac. This book is composed mainly of short true stories of people who lived for Christ. Every person, no matter from what time, was either put into prison, or killed. One example was a young Chinese girl who told God to help the intruders capturing and killing the people in a illegal church group. She was killed from being shot in the head. What I liked the most about the book was how certain stories ended with the person getting out of prison. Also, I liked how after every couple of stories, there was a very appropriate verse from the Bible afterwards. What I didn't like was that there was a lot of stories that were just short, and I wish that they were longer. Also, I wish that they talked deeper about what a Jesus freak was at the beginning. This book was a very great read and makes you think very deep about how faithful you are to Christ. It makes you think throughout the book, "Would I do it for Christ, or would I lie."

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