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Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard Paperback – April 21, 2015
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Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
"This is an important book written by a competent voice at a critical time. Johnnie Moore has become one of the world's leading spokesperson for Christians in the Middle East. When most of the world didn't know about our plight - much less care - he raised his voice. Johnnie Moore, has shown in action that we are family with the suffering church. He has come with us in our suffering and pain.Even more than, he came to our rescue. I hope millions read this book, and care enough to act."
The Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White
Chaplain, St. George's Anglican Church
"In the summer of 2014, ISIS terrorists stormed into Iraq's ancient Christian center and unleashed a genocidal jihad that exiled or killed every Christian man, woman and child and laid waste to some of Christianity's earliest churches. Half a world away, Johnnie Moore got on a plane and rushed to the region to help. In this book, he relates accounts of the survivors he met - first hand stories that give vivid testimony to a powerful Christian love that prevails against satanic violence straight off a Hieronymus Bosch canvass. This primer also draws links between Christian martyrs of today's Middle East and those of 1st century Rome and ends with a warning to a complacent West. Every Christian in America should read it, and then help the persecuted."
Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom
"Johnnie Moore has been consistently sounding the alarm and seeking to awaken the church in the West to the existential threat that ISIS poses to Christians in the Middle East and beyond. His timely book underscores the urgency of confronting this evil."
Rep. Frank Wolf
Distinguished Senior Fellow
21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
"I thank God for Johnnie Moore and for this important book. If Christians do not wake up to this demonic evil and take action against it, God will hold us accountable. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, 'Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.'"
New York Times Bestselling author of Miracles and Bonhoeffer.
"This is possibly the most important book of the year. It is not just timely and relevant--the subject makes that so--it is heart-breaking and spirit-inspiring. Written with journalistic passion, historical nuance, and Christian conviction, Moore's book doesn't need to elevate these modern martyrs to sainthood, he merely shines a light on the reality of their plight. In doing so you realize they are the most tangible, gripping examples of the Gospel of Christ's love in our day."
Chief of Staff
The Wesleyan Church International Headquarters
About the Author
Johnnie Moore is an author and humanitarian whose adventures have taken him to more than two-dozen nations. He’s worked with genocide victims in Bosnia and Rwanda, established a sustainable agricultural project in Zimbabwe, visited the world’s largest refugee camps, and on five different occasions has worked in places that were later bombed by Islamic extremists. He is currently focused on providing immediate assistance through the Cradle Fund (www.cradlefund.org).
Top Customer Reviews
Moore points out that the territories where ISIS is most active, parts of Iraq and Syria, played an important role in Old Testament history and in the early growth of Christianity. I often focus on the sites of Jesus' ministry as the land of the Bible, and then I think of Christian expansion primarily to the west. Moore reminds us of the history of the people of Israel, and points out that in the first half of Christian history, the eastern church was in many ways stronger and more advanced than the church in the West.
These historical reminders are important, but more important are the stories of Christians facing unutterable evil under ISIS. Our brothers and sisters in Christ face a choice: convert or die. Many are being martyred in a manner no less evil than the Nazi persecution of the Jews. And like the Nazis, the ISIS aims to eliminate an entire religious group: Christians. He challenges American Christians, especially Protestants, to expand our view of the Christian family. Many of those being persecuted are Catholic or Orthodox, but are no less our brothers and sisters we worship with every Sunday.
On a couple of points I was left with questions. Moore gives a nod to mainstream Islam. He notes that Muslims make up the largest number of ISIS's targets, and that Muslims, Jews, and Christians must work together against ISIS. But I'm not clear where he draws the line? He gives dire warnings of ISIS adherents "in your own backyard.Read more ›
You also will get a very real picture of very real people. The author brings them into your living room and you wish they could stay with you and be safe. But then he stuns you! They want to stay and rebuild their homes and communities!
This book will humble you as you see the very real and deep Faith of these who have suffered so much. This book should fill our churches with people praying and offering plates with gifts to bless our brother's and sister's.
It is my prayer that God will use this book to support and bless the Church over there and awake this lethargic and sleeping Church in America. THIS IS WHY GOD HAS BLESSED US! So we can bless our suffering Church in the cradle of Christianity.
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I read this book in June 2015 and read it for a second time just recently. Both times I read this book, I found it to be a very interesting and compelling read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AvidReader
This was well written and America needs to know about this holocaust. We are coming to the last days as predicted. Johnny Moore is passionate with experience and call to justice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samuel C Graisbery
Johnnie came and spoke at our church, he's eye opening and full of knowledge. He helped me see the middle east in a different light, I can't wait to get his book.Published 4 months ago by Hector Saenz
I'm looking for a 6th star to give this book but I can't find it anywhere. It's written in an easy to read style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JML
I have been hearing about ISIS along with the rest of the Western world for a long time now. The talk of beheadings, rape, slavery, and all kinds of horrible acts committed against... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ronnie Collins