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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Albury Publishers; 1st edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577780728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577780724
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed for running away in order to avoid marrying a Muslim man; Anila was imprisoned for helping her friend escape. In an introduction to the book, Michael Tait explains its purpose: "In a world built on free will instead of God's will, we must be the Freaks. While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus." The book's design is hip and easy to read, and its summary of Christian persecutions that continue today is useful--and frightening.

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"A call to be extreme... dc Talk hope to stir modern-day Christians with stories of early Christian martyrdom." -- New Man Magazine, Nov/Dec 1999

"Amazing true stories of Christians who would not compromise or apologize for their faith in Jesus." -- Breakaway Magazine

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Very Inspiring and easy to read.
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This book really made me think about what I would do in some of the situations which others had been.
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If you like martyr stories you will love this(these) book.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By IndyJim on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most incredible collections of stories about people of FAITH and conviction I have ever read! Having never experienced persecution for my faith it is hard to read some of the detailed accounts of the trials and tribulations found in this book. My favorite portion of the book are the scripture references after each story. I also found the information about the persecution and death of Jesus' 12 disciples very interesting reading.
All Christians living in the United States should purchase and read this book. What a gift of freedom, mercy and grace Christ has given to the Church in America. We have it so easy. Read this book and discover the sacrifies that were made, and continue to be made, so Christians could know the life saving (and life changing) power of Jesus Christ. Perhaps after reading this book as the collection plate is being passed next Sunday, it will be a little easier to give a sacrificial gift to the Lord.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erik on January 30, 2000
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Fewer more compelling books have ever been written. The books tells the stories of believers through the ages and around the world who suffered torture and (usually) death for their faith in Jesus Christ, from Stephen to Columbine. Many of the stories are quite gruesome -- most of us in the Western World can not begin to comprehend death by steamroller, gouging out of eyes and tongue, or flogging and flaying -- but at the same time it was encouraging to hear of the martyr's steadfast faith, and God working in them and through them, so much that they would even love and share with tormentors up until their last breath. Often the persecutors themselves came to faith through the martyrs' testimonies. The book also contains descriptions of what is going on today in the countries where persecution takes place, more so now than ever, and what believers can do. The role that DC Talk actually played in the creation of this book is unclear, but their presence will certainly draw more attention to the book itself, especially that of younger people, which is great as every Christian can use having this information serve as a wake up call.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Silko on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is awesome. Everyone should read it. Those that are searching and those that have deep faith. I do believe that it is great for teenagers (My 13 year old son will get a copy for Christmas) but I also thoroughly enjoyed it and believe me, my teenage years are far behind me. Everyone will enjoy this! The stories are short but thought provoking. They help you to realize what others have gone through in order to spread the word of God.
We are so blessed!
Buy it, enjoy it, absorb it, live it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wilson on April 24, 2000
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I found this book quite by accident at a Christian book store I visited during the Easter weekend. The title alone intrigued me, especially since I have been labeled a Jesus freak by co-workers at previous jobs. At my current job I work with a number of individuals that actively ridicule people of faith.
I am from the US and I'm only working in Canada temporarily. I never expected that I would find Canada (British Columbia to be exact) to be so lacking in faith. I have story after story to tell of people speaking against God, religion and faith in general. These people that I'm around don't stop at denying God and Jesus, but oppose anything that even smacks of organized religion. I've heard on the news here that only 33% of Canadians feel that going to Church is worthwhile. Very sad.
The books, "Jesus Freaks," helps me to understand that what I'm going through is very minor compared to what others are enduring. It's helped me put into perspective my problems and has illustrated for me that maybe I could do more.
Mostly I've stayed quiet and let others say their peace. For example, I said nothing when a young woman told a story about how her date over the weekend mentioned God. She told the young Christian that she was a sinner and quite proud of it. She continued for quite some time talking about how stupid this guy was and how dare he talk about God in front of her. This is typical around here. I'm ashamed to say, though, that I didn't say anything. I know now that I should have not remained silent.
Buy this book. Read every account. Put yourself into their shoes. Would you be able to do what these people have done? If not, pray for understanding. Jesus will be their for you, but you need to make yourself available to him.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Blakely on January 28, 2000
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I strongly believe that one reason God is using this book is to open the eyes of Christians in America (like myself) and in other free countries: we probably have not experienced being tortured (or killed) for our faith like those who's stories are in this book. Even though we may never have to experience this, we should ask ourselves, do we love Jesus enough to refuse to deny him and to be willing to die for him? A martyr is not a martyr because he has died for his faith, but because he was so WILLING to die for his faith. My faith has been strengthened because of this collection of stories. Like for many others, this book, next to the Bible, is truly the best book I've ever read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tux12997@aol.com on March 11, 2000
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This book is so awesome! It is based on true events. I never knew Christians are still presucuted today, but this book was such an eye-opener. However, some of the storys require a firm stomach. For instance, one Christians got his fingernails ripped out. This book is very interesting and I was challenged in my own walk with Christ. This book made me think would I be willing to die for Christ. I highly recommend this book, because it is so interesting and the book itself looks so cool that if you read it at school or work people will ask you about it. Then you have an oppurtunity to share your faith with them.
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