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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Who Said Following Jesus Was Supposed to Be Safe?

In 2005 Caleb Bislow decided safety was overrated. Realizing there is nowhere on earth beyond the reach of God's love, he became what might be called an "extreme missionary," traveling to some of the world's most dangerous and despised places. From warring tribal villages in Africa to red-light districts in Asia to Guatemalan prisons, Caleb witnessed God's light break through the darkness again and again.

Are you tired of playing it safe? Filled with unforgettable stories of what can happen when men and women completely surrender to God's lead, Dangerous will help you see how He can use each of us no matter where in the world we are.

Includes resources to help you get started on your own adventures.

"A book for aspiring heroes, about real heroes, by a quiet hero." Bear Grylls, British Adventurer and TV Star

"If it was not for Caleb living out the principles of this book, I probably would not be alive today. May God bless every person who reads this book."--Ruth, refugee and sole survivor of a rebel attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"What would it take to persuade you to abandon the security of your family and home and venture into unknown, perilous corners of the world? For Bislow, there was one answer: a burning desire to spread the gospel message where no one else would go. Dangerous is both a call to fearless evangelism and Bislow's personal testimony of God's provision on the mission field. This book aims specifically toward mobilizing and empowering youth. Bislow advocates a brand of extreme but biblical Christianity that encourages sacrificing everything for the sake of Christ. His international emphasis risks minimizing evangelistic opportunities within one's local community, but it is also an inspiring reminder to brave the world outside your comfort zone. The appendix connects readers with existing resources and ministries for individuals interested in pursuing international ministry, especially one in dark, dangerous, and despised places of the world."--Church Libraries

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This has got to be one of the most interesting non-fiction books I have read.
Mark B
Caleb Bislow witnesses in dangerous places, doing great things for God rather than living in fear, and he shares about that in this book.
Emily
I received a free copy of this book through Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Dangerous" by Caleb Bislow chronicles the radical measures the author has taken to bring the gospel to unreached people, particularly in Africa. Some of the book's main components include:

1. Starting a ministry called "Stranded" that puts believers in challenging situations (camping in a remote area, for example) where they must cooperate and learn to trust Christ to get them through.
2. Using his remaining savings balance to fund a mission trip to Africa.
3. Ministry experiences in Africa and other areas.
4. Biblical examples of people who were radically challenged to trust God in their situation (for example: Gideon, David, events in the Book of Acts, etc.).
5. Relationships with various people he has met during his ministry experiences.

The book is a good challenge for any Christian who needs to get out of their comfort zone and the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the book's radical approach may not be necessarily for me (unless God has other plans), believers will be reminded that this world is temporary and and heaven and hell are eternal realities.

Unless God has other plans for me, I will continue to intentionally seek to share Christ with those in my neighborhood, workplaces, and other areas of life.

Still, a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gina Burgess VINE VOICE on September 23, 2013
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At first, I thought this was going to be sort of a missions story on steroids. I was not even close. This is far more than a missions story. This is a story about God going about His business using His children who are ready, willing, and able to listen to His urgings and obey His commands.

I have never been so moved reading a nonfiction as I was devouring this book. I read it in one sitting... I couldn't put it down. My heart, my mind, and my soul have been stirred beyond imagining.

This should be a "must study" for every youth group, and every church group.

Yes, it is graphic in places, but God's work is not always G-rated. The hurting, the downtrodden, the lost are not found in clinically clean places, sitting around waiting for some good Christian to come along and share the Gospel. Jesus ate with the prostitutes, the demon-possessed, and the tax collectors. We should do no less. Funny how Christians think setting on pews, and hatching out nothing is doing God's will. Where is the fruit???

Caleb Bislow listened to God's voice, and obeyed the summons, "As you go make disciples." He followed Paul's example by discipling a few then challenging them to "Go make disciples." Only Caleb did it with some dangerous people in despicable places.

Any problems in your church?
Complacent church members -- tell them some of these stories.
Shy youth -- challenge them with some of these Bible verses and the illustrative true stories.
Dare devil young men -- let them read of some Dark, Dangerous, and Despised Places... Places that burdened the heart of Caleb Bislow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J4Life5 on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Since 2005, Bislow has ventured to the dark, dangerous, and despised places to share the gospel with others. He has traveled to various tribal villages in Africa, and even to a dangerous prison in Guatemala. In this book he shares his stories, some are scary, some are horrifying, some are funny, but all are inspiring. He challenges readers to listen for God's voice and be ready to follow where He wants to lead us.

I thought this was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I feel like it really gave me an idea of what it is like to be a missionary overseas in dangerous places, especially a glimpse into what it is like to be a missionary in places where few, if any missionaries have gone before.

Bislow does a great job of tutoring readers on ways to share the gospel in ways that won't offend others, but to find common ground and share the good news in a non-threatening way that comes from love. I thought his training program for Unusual Soldiers was very interesting as well. It demonstrated that even the shy and timid are candidates to travel into dark, dangerous, and despised places to minister to others.

I think this is a book that would be enjoyed by anyone who has been a missionary, has been called to be a missionary, or is interested in what it is like to be a missionary. This book is geared toward adults as some of Bislow's experiences are graphic and inappropriate for minor readers.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Forgiven Former Feminist on October 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of the book really tells all about the overall theme, "Engaging the people and places no one else will". This book is a great tool to get a person on fire for missions far away from the United States. It is aggressive and in your face. Bislow recounts tales of his journeys from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Haiti to New Zealand and everywhere in-between. Bislow does this seemingly to encourage people to take up the cross and go make disciples of the nations.

I found myself a bit frustrated with the book at times. While commending the missionaries who work overseas Bislow seems to greatly look down on people working for the kingdom of God within the United States. Bislow does eventually talk about the unreached immigrant community in his home town, but fails to discuss witnessing to your neighbor and coworkers. It is almost as though that is the JV version of ministry as opposed to the Varsity version of ministry which is to go overseas to a very dangerous location.

He writes about how easy it is to think God would never call people to live dangerously simply because they "have stable jobs, two-point-five healthy kids and a taupe house in the suburbs". Yet the people that he raised support from for these missions are the people that have those very stable jobs and 2.5 children. He would not be able to do his mission work if it were not for the people back home working and listening for God's direction of their financial blessings.

This is probably a great book for a 16+ male audience. However, I would caution that this book should be pre-read by parents before being given to anyone younger due to some of the very delicate topics discussed. In conclusion I would give this book a -B in rating. It will not make it on my must read list anytime soon.

Full Disclosure:
Bethany House gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
All opinions are my own.
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