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Foxe: Voices of the Martyrs Imitation Leather – March 1, 2007

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John Foxe, 1516-1587 The Voice of the Martyrs Organization is located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
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  • Imitation Leather: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge-Logos Publishers (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882703307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882703305
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alex P on September 10, 2007
Voice of the Martyrs has done a great job in compiling all the info for this book. This is great to purchase as an addition to the original classic "Foxe's Book of Martyrs", the main focus of "Voices..." appears to be Christians who were martyred in the past 100 years or so, however they do include info on earlier martyrs as well. The presentation of the book is excellent, the book is a nice hardcover with a leathery cover. I highly recommend for all Christians to pick up a copy, we should never forget all the lives that have been lost, and are continuing to be lost for the cause of Christ.
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A most disappointing edition of a truly remarkable classic. I wish I could offer this book 5 stars for demonstrating the life and experiences of past martyrs, and would for most previous editions of this book.
This new edition (voices of the martyrs) held great promise as it included with the original masterpiece an added 200 pages of Christian martyrs from the 20th century. Unfortunately, the true value of these martyrs has been deliberately obscured and I would say cheapened by this book's marketing elements.

Note that I am a great fan of Foxe's (original) Book of Martyrs and would recommend this as an important reading for all Christians - as it offers vivid examples of what living-out Faith can entail, and what standing with Christ against the world will often have for its end (persecution and death).

That being said, while the original book gave each character numerous pages describing their daily life, activities and doctrines which made them targets for persecution. The original book offered a fluid and moving prose, meant to expose without compromise the largest history and smallest details of these martyr's life and ultimate demise. Here you could immerse yourself in their world, feel a neighbor to their daily life and with great empathy have your spirit crushed in anguish as deliberate details were given regarding the methods of violence, torture and death.

As for this new version, the overall effect has been to cheapen the life of these martyrs. This has been accomplished through marketing effects, which I would argue backfired. The cover is an imitation of old book leather (embossed) and smacks of being fake. The pages have a water-stain or ash discoloration - which really only makes the pages look dirty, not ancient.
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This edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a good update of the classic. The book has an attractive (if a bit excessive) binding and contains several good illustrations. The typeface is easy to read. The book is a bit bulky and has a very odd tall and narrow shape.

In terms of content, this edition is particularly helpful for its emphasis on the persecution of recent years. The well-known martyrs of history are included as well but what I found most interesting about the book were the accounts from the last few years. The accounts from 2000 forward cover a full 200 pages in the 475 page book. This book brings home the fact that religious persecution is very much alive in our world and that martyrtdom has been and continues to be a real possibility for Christians in many parts of the world.
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First of all, I should comment that this is not really another addition of Foxe's original "Book of Martyrs" though several of those included were in Foxe's writings. That said, the book is a wonderful reading experience that has the potential to truely challenge readers with stories of Christian sacrifice. The stories go from the ancient world to the present. In particular, I found the accounts of the Boxer Rebellion martyrs interesting. I should mention that the details of Rowald Taylor's death in this book are a little different than I have read in versions of Foxe though they seem to match closer with Jasper Ridley's account in "Bloody Mary's Martyrs". Surprisingly, not much is said about those who suffered and died in the Soviet Union and Eastern Block. However, I find this acceptable as other works by the Voice of the Martyr's have focused heavily on European Communist persecution. The book focuses on sufferers who gave their lives and thus leaves out many people who went through terrible torture or other abuses for their faith and survived (once again though, other books tell the stories of many of those people). I personally liked the fact that this voulme dosen't just focus on one denomination but covers a vast spectrum of Christian beliefs.
One of the best features of the book are the more recent accounts as another reviewer mentioned. There are also descriptions of persecution in various countries around the world up to a couple of years ago. Overall, a sad but uplifting book that I recommend.
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This book is an incredible example of the faith and courage of those who stood death in the face rather than deny Christ. The writting style is fresh and it is great to finally see a true "updated" Foxe's book of martyrs. I highly recommend.
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Foxe Voices of the Martyrs is beyond anything I have read. It starts at 33AD to the present. The background for each of my persecuted brothers and sisters is very detailed. Some names of the saints I have never heard of, but that is all right. What they went thru in persecution and devotion is beyond anything I have read in awhile. For those who love my Lord JESUS CHRIST will see what our past and present brothers and sisters suffered thru. An exceptional addition to anyone's Christian book collection.
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