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When I came across Nik Ripkin’s book, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected, I knew I needed to read it. And I’m glad I did.
Nik Ripkin (not his real name to protect his contacts) took his family to Africa to work as missionaries and relief aid workers. They moved around in Africa some, before landing in Somolia during the 1990s—before, during, and after the infamous war that brought US and UN soldiers into the land devastated by tribal gang wars.
Nik and his family left Somolia exhausted and discouraged. Not long thereafter, their son died and they were devastated. Feeling they had given all they could give, they returned to the US for a time of healing. The question Nik continued to ask was, “Can God make a difference in a place like Somolia?”
He set out on what was intended to be a two-year mission to visit Christians around the world who lived under persecution and learn from them what he could take back to Somolia. His endeavor, however, became a full-time ministry for life.
Speaking to Christians who were imprisoned in Russia, China, Asia and other unnamed places, he learned that God is alive and working much has he did in the New Testament, when persecution was normal and the absence of it was a sign something was wrong.
As Nik Ripkin spent time with persecuted Christians, his dying faith was resurrected. Despite the persecution they had suffered, persecuted Christians were characterized by joy.
The testimonies in The Insanity of God encouraged me, too. It helps put things in perspective and makes you realize what’s important and how we (in the West) have become complacent because of our freedom and ease. It’s a wake-up call, for sure, but more like waking up to sweet music that makes you glad to get up and do something.
The writing style was very easy to read. The stories were told with sensitivity, emotion, and a dose of humor at times. And telling stories of persecuted Christians can be difficult, but he minimized the graphic details and maximized the details about believers determined to remain loyal to God at any cost and how they counted it a privilege to suffer for Christ.
This review, with additional book quotes, first appeared on my blog, ChristyBower.com.
Larry King once said, people believe in God because they fear -- death. He also said when there is no death, there will be no fear, and there will be no God. Reading this book, I have come to a conclusion that we are the ones who fear exactly because we have no faith, and because we have no God -- no God like the One these Christians believe in. We are afraid of losing anything dear to us because we have no God to make up for our losses. As a result, we give in to fear quickly and we compromise with our dreaded enemies. Like Larry King, the majority of us deep down think that God is unnecessary or that God makes us weak, which explains, rather ironically, the weakness shown nowadays in the West that have always believed to be strong. These believers, however, show me just the opposite: Indeed they look so weak, being persecuted, but in fact, they are strong in faith and their faith has been tested in the killing fields, not in a studio!
They tell me, by their lives and by their death, that with God, there is no death, and there is no fear! Faced with a choice in every dire situation, they choose not to fear death, but fear God. Their lives bring to mind what Sydney Carton said before his execution in the last chapter in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.