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Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World Paperback – March 8, 2006


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; New edition edition (March 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830738371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830738373
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DON RICHARDSON, author of Secrets of the Koran, Lords of the Earth and Peace Child, has been studying the Muslim world for over 30 years. He and his late wife, Carol, spent 15 years among the Sawi, a Stone Age tribe of Irian Jaya. Don designed an alphabet suited to the Sawi language, authored 19 primers, taught the tribesmen to read in their native tongue and translated the entire New Testament. More than half of the Sawi accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Since 1977, Don has served as ambassador-at-large for World Team, a mission organization. Don holds an honorary doctorate of literature from Biola University in La Mirada, California, is an ordained pastor and speaks at more than 40 church conferences each year.

 

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It is one of my favorite books and I will read it over and over again.
Christopher Trueworthy
The thesis of this book is that God has prepared the cultures of the world for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
David Marshall
I would highly recommend this book to anyone entering the mission field.
Anita Clark

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168 of 175 people found the following review helpful By David Marshall on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
The thesis of this book is that God has prepared the cultures of the world for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This idea may sound bizarre to many people. But since I first read the book about seventeen years ago, I have found confirmation on three levels. First, Scriptural. Richardson's idea of "redemptive analogies" indirectly echoes the teaching of Jesus that he came "to fulfill" rather than to "do away with" the (Jewish) Law, and, more directly, the approach the apostles John and Paul in speaking to Greeks about the divine "Logos," or about altars "to an unknown God." Second, historical. In Augustine's City of God, Christ was preached as a fulfillment of the truest elements in Greco-Roman culture in the early church. This is in fact a large part of "How the West Was Won" to Christ, and a large part of the East, as well.
The third form of confirmation was psychological, from the mouths of skeptics. Humanist Huston Smith complains of Christianity that "If God is a God of love, it seems most unlikely that he would not have revealed himself to his other children as well." Buddhist Thich Naht Hanh agrees: "Sharing does not mean wanting others to abandon their spiritual roots. . . People cannot be happy if they are rootless." Both are quite right, as far as they go. But Richardson shows that God has revealed himself to "all his children" by planting a root for the Gospel within each culture, so when we call people to Christ, we call them to the deepest truths within their own cultures. I remember the first time I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, 16 years ago. Who was this "Heaven" whom the Chinese worshiped?
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2001
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Who were the Magi who brought gifts to the Baby Jesus, and how did they know that a Messiah was coming? Who was Melchizedek, the contemporary of Abraham who was a priest of the one high God? Who was the Greek prophets who Paul recognized as having spoken God's words to the Greek people? How did a King in South America before the coming of the Europeans recognize that there was only one true God? For the answers to these and many other questions about people who knew about God before they were ever visited by Christian missionaries or had contact with the people of Israel, read "Eternity in Their Hearts". It is a truly great book. The thesis of the book is simple-- God is the One God of all the earth. He has made himself known to all people in some fashion. He has prepared the way for the message of Christ. When Paul approached an altar to The Unknown God in Athens, he declared that God to be the one true God. Who had built the altar, and what did the builder know? There is now a novel that works with a premise similar to that of "Eternity in Their Hearts". It's about a pagan spiritist who recognizes that there is design in the Universe so he sets out to find the purpose of all things and finds God in the process. The novel is titled "Castle of Wisdom," and it is by an author named Rhett Ellis. It's a great read too.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Clare Chu on May 11, 2003
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Excellent study of tribal and ethnic traditions and myths that point to the true God of Creation and His Son the Messiah of Israel. Don Richardson shows stories of people who said that they once knew the true God, but somehow either lost the Book, or lost contact with Him. One tribe said that they were sure that a light-skinned messenger would come someday to tell about the Son of God. So sure were they that they had appointed people to watch for these messengers. This paved the way for the actual missionaries to share Christ with them, which was accepted eagerly. Other examples are people who had lost a Book, and were waiting for someone to restore it to them. One example was recorded in the Bible where Paul preached on Mars Hill to the Greeks about the unknown God. Richardson goes back further to tell about the story of Epimenides and the sacrificing of "dedicated" sheep to ask the "unknown God" to cure the city of a deadly plague, after they had offered atoning sacrifices to all of the gods that they had to no avail.
Very interesting reading. One disappointment is that in the last chapter he promises a book showing the spreading of Christianity in the last 2000 years, and the missionary fervor of the "World's First Bible Belt" (a 7,000-mile one completely encircling the Mediterranean Sea), but I can't find that this book has ever been published. This book leaves you wanting to find out more, so I recommend the author's "Peace Child" and "Lords of the Earth" talking about the people and customers of Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya), and how these people came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jedidiah Palosaari VINE VOICE on November 9, 2001
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This book starts out amazingly and goes down from there. But the book starts out amazing. Don begins with earth-shaking insights into the unknown God that Paul preached off on. Learning this background to a fairly well-known story of Paul is worth the book alone. But the first half is an in-depth look at how YHWH, God, has been revealed in cultures from Africa to SE Asia to India to South America, long before European or Middle Eastern Christians arrived. It was a new and enlightening answer to me on why monotheism is so prevalent throughout the world. This book would be a great companion with Peace Child, also by Don Richardson, and Till We Have Faces, by Lewis- a fictional account of how someone can come to YHWH, the Judeo-Christian God, without ever having known Jewish culture or Christianity. It offers hope to see how YHWH is present in Islamic belief systems as well.

The last third of the book is less helpful. It deals with discrediting ideas of evolution by folks like Hitler and Neitzsche, ideas which have largely never been believed by biologists or were long ago discredited. In the process Don repeats a lot of popular but inaccurate misconceptions of evolution, demonstrating some rather poor scholarship. He then moves on to demonstrating that the Bible is a document designed for sending out people. This is certainly a good idea to investigate, and Don does a good job of it, but it is really a different subject from the first half and not tied to it by the author, and it would have been better as a separate book.
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