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Foxe: Voices of the Martyrs Imitation Leather – March 1, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in good shape as advertised although the cross was missing. I give it four starsPublished 12 months ago by Marcia
Every Christian should read how Martyrs gave their lives for their belief in Christ, the Son of God, the SAVIOR of the world.,Published 16 months ago by Jim K.
Beautiful and humbling book of the stories of christian martyrs through history, past and presentPublished 17 months ago by Alina Palanchuk
This is an awesome book. Very informative, giving additional information and history not recorded in the bible, and I love the cover.Published on April 22, 2014 by PASTOR NINO JOHNSON
This book will open eyes, to how hatred for Christ... could not put out His light of truth. These people are heroes!Published on February 23, 2013 by Bodybuilding Champion
Excellent book, new perspectives and uplifting. Very humbling. I definately recommend this book to anyone that may want to expand their overall knowledge of the struggles and... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by ARCHANGEL
This updated version of John Foxe's original work is a wonderful modern day record of the sacrifices God's people have made since Jesus Himself was crucified nearly 2,000 years... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Jeff Barefoot
I had no idea so much persecution had been done to Christians. I know that the persecution began in times of the Bible. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Patricia A. Autrey