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Nik Ripken is the world's leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 30 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of The Insanity of God and the new book The Insanity of Obedience. He and his wife have done extensive research on the persecuted church, and on Muslim background believers, in approximately 72 countries.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673092
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Insanity of Obedience is companion piece to Ripken's previous work, The Insanity of God. Although the two works cover some of the same ground, each book deserves a reading. The Ripken's felt called by God to go overseas as missionaries. When they responded to that call, they had no idea that they would eventually end up working in Somalia. In that lawless land, their faith took a major nose dive. Their losses were huge. Eventually they came home wounded emotionally and spiritually with a huge question mark hanging over their heads: can faith survive under intense persecution? They set out on a quest to find the answer to that question, eventually interviewing 600 Christians who had endured under some form of persecution. That is the subject of Ripken's first book. His second one, The Insanity of Obedience examines what it looks like to go out as sheep among wolves and gives story after story on how to carry out the Great Commission - even when obedience looks crazy from a human perspective.
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Having read Nik Ripkens' other book, The insanity of God, and now this one I could not give it a higher recommendation. I am an avid reader but also a finicky reader. I hope that this book will both challenge and enlighten the next reader as it has done to me. It is by no means an easy read in regards to the way Nik enlightens the church on the concept and reality of those who are being persecuted and those who are put to death for the Lord. I do hope this book will be placed in all the libraries of all the churches worldwide as well as in every seminary. The church in the west needs to hear how other parts of the body of Christ are handling the choice they make, when they choose to follow The Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord continue to challenge us as we grow in Him. Your brother in Christ, Albert R.
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Love the perspective of this book compared to The Insanity of God. Rather than tell Nik's story, this book puts us in his mind as he grapples with the meaning of the Great Commission. No, it is not a re-hashing of the same material. This book has a different, more practical perspective.
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You will be shocked how American Christianity is woefully lacking with practical survival skills in evangelism, faithfulness and spirituality. I found I am so far behind the brothers and sisters living in persecution, that I am horrified. I am even more horrified to see that our institionalized Christian ways are not good arenas for nurturing the growth of any of the above three areas. I don't know if the American church could survive vicious, unrelenting and continual persecution. We have much, much to learn from our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iran, Iraq, China, Russia, Somalia and other places. If you want to learn how to truly walk in the Spirit, read this book then fall on your knees to beg God to teach you how to follow Him.
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This book is an apologetic (best word I could come up with) concerning the reasons why Christians should be involved in persecuted countries. I think this book would be a great read if you were considering the possibility of going to a persecuted country. Otherwise, it seems to lay the guilt down pretty heavy if you decide you want to stay in the comfort of the States and minister. I understand his perspective, but I think a better book along these same lines is Radical by David Platt. He sends the same message without the "If you don't go to a persecuted country, you're less than others who do" mantra.
The author does make some excellent points about evangelism and the need for courage in missions which I totally agree with. Again, these are better said in other books, in my opinion.
If you're looking for a sequel to Nik Ripken's first book, The Insanity of God, (which is what I was doing), you'll probably be disappointed. This is not the same kind of book.
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This is an excellent read, stirring the heart, the mind and the soul. I highly recommend this book to anyone truly seeking to live their lives following Christ.
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Nik Ripken has shared an amazing look at persecution and the attitudes of the persecuted. Their response to persecution is nothing like I thought it would be and has changed my attitude toward Christianity in the States. Evey Christian should read this book. God's church in the USA would be better for it.
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this is a terrific book for those who are commited to walking as Jesus walked through this life with many challenges. It is the second book I have read from this most dedicated traveler and seeker of truth. The first book, The Insanity of God, should be on every Christian bookshelf, better yet, right by your reading place, well read and prayed over. Life is not easy and they have sought to bring the reading to the very heart of God.
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