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The first part of this book shows you how the tribesmen viewed their lives and how disturbances to what's normal to them looked from their non-western, non-civilized views. This part I found to be extremely eye-opening. The stark contrast in how they think because of a different background made me sometimes laugh and sit in awe of how obviously easy we miss things because we don't consider how they might see it!
The second part is how Don Richardson embarked on this high risk adventure and all the challenges. It's a great story! Twice I just blurted out loud 'No way!!!!' while reading, I was so amazed by it (and I've read a lot of good Christian biographies in silence).
If this intrigues you a bit, stretch yourself and read it!
About the actual meat of the book; Never have I ever heard a testimony so profound, so vital for every human being to read. My most compelling thought of this book is that in every culture around this world - no matter how far removed from Church or a bible people are - there is still an element of the Gospel of Jesus. That's no coincidence.
My encouragement to all Christians is that if you haven't read this fascinating and extraordinary tale before - read it. You will not be sorry. Just bear in mind it is not for the faint hearted. I mean we're talking cannibalistic tribes here. But it's all worth it.
My encouragement if you're not Christian and have no particular interest in Christianity - read it. You will learn something new about a culture so far removed from your own that you will be fascinated from start to finish. I assure you.
Richardson goes to those who have no gospel witness at all. He chronicles not only his trials but his amazing success --which came about in the oddest of ways. Great violence threatened to overtake the people he was working with. I won't say more, for to do so would be to spoil a great climax.
I didn't give this 5 stars because I felt the book moved rather slowly until the end. It is readable, but it would not be honest to call it a page-turner.
One caution after this. Richardson hints (and later writes a book stating explicitly) that every unreached culture has a "redemptive analogy" already built into it. The missionary task then, involves finding this redemptive analogy and using it to unlock the people's hearts. Although that seems to be the case in Peace Child, it is a stretch to say that God a)has provided a redemptive analogy in every culture and b)one must find it in order to maximize the power of the gospel message. The gospel is powerful by itself. One not need be anthropologist, nor an insightful sociologist, nor a brilliant detective, nor even a spiritually discerning half-wit to bring the Gospel in power. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Mission work is good work and real work. If unique ways of illustrating the gospel are available, we must, by all means use them. But to expect that we must find a specific redemptive analogy within every culture in order to unlock their hearts for the gospel (or that God has planted one knowing that in the future a missionary would come and find it) --this is conjecture.
"I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation." You need not be a brilliant missiologist adept and discerning redemptive illustrations from culture to successfully plant a church among the unreached.
For those unfamiliar with radical discipleship by giving if their own lives in the service of others this book is extremely encouraging and enlightening. All Christians and anthropologists as well as unbelievers should read it.
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