- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 10 Anv edition (August 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141434855X
- ISBN-13: 978-1414348551
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (582 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Executive Ben Fielding hits upon a perfect plan: he will make his company millions of dollars by using Chinese labor to manufacture its electronic components. To kickstart his plan, he visits China, where he stays with college roommate Li Quan, whom he hasn't seen in over 20 years. From Li, Ben learns that his initial impressions of China from his research and from visits over the years are false, but Ben doesn't believe Li's stories of the persecution of Christians until Li is taken to jail. As Ben rediscovers Jesus through Li's faith, he discovers the truth that God does not promise an easy life on Earth, only eternal happiness after death. Part of this novel appeared as a short story in The Storytellers' Collection (LJ 9/1/00); here, its strength is magnified tenfold. Alcorn (Lord Foulgrin's Letters) lifts readers high with joy and casts them down in immeasurable sorrow as Ben and Li's story unfolds with intense emotional impact that recalls Sylvia Bambola's Refiner's Fire (LJ 6/1/00). Required for all collections.
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Top Customer Reviews
That all changed when I saw the Chinese writing on the dust jacket. Having travelled in China, smuggling Bibles and sharing my faith, I was intrigued. Then, I peeled back the jacket to discover the amazing picture of a Chinese believer held in Jesus' arms. Standing there in the bookstore, I was hit with emotion, with moisture in my eyes. Suddenly, the title "Safely Home" made sense. The persecution of the Chinese church is real, and Alcorn shows clearly the difference between the state church and the underground church. I've met some of these underground believers. Alcorn captures their heart for God in ways that I've never seen in fiction before. He captures much of the Chinese believers' humility and struggle in this heartfelt novel.
The contrast between two former college friends, one a Chinese doctor, the other an American businessman, is credible and lends itself perfectly to the contrast in their levels of faith. Through the looking glass of this story, Alcorn forces us to weigh our own faith. Do we know what it means to stand for our beliefs? Do we know what it means to pay a price for our integrity?
Although Alcorn can come across as preachy at times, he always has something worth saying. By mixing a fascinating cultural and spiritual struggle in a fictional form, he opens our hearts to hear the truth...The response is up to us.
The book has personally challenged me to live a life of picking up the cross daily and to pray for those around me and the persecuted Christians throughout the world.
If you want to learn more about China and be challenged in your Christian walk, I'd highly recommend Safely Home.
We are able to meet freely in the our churches, yet, we often take that liberty for granted.
Safely Home is a story about the meeting of Christianity in the two settings --- one free and one not free. It is the story of two unlikely friends. The only thing I wasn't crazy about in the story was the split scenes between Heaven and Earth. In the end, I was completely fine with it. What do we really know about Heaven, anyway? It's only what we can imagine.
Thanks, Randy Alcorn, for a thought provoking book!
Although it is a work of fiction, it is riddled with Scripture and paints a picture of devotion that will cause real Christians to long for the Risen Savior. You might even doubt your own salvation when you read of the devotion of these Chinese Christians and their total willingness to suffer and even be killed so that their LORD may receive glory in the proclamation of His Gospel. AMAZING! I'd give it another star if I could.
I don't normally read Christian fiction...I don't normally read fiction at all. I usually would prefer books like Piper's "Desiring God", Stott's "Cross of Christ", and Mahaney's "Cross-Centered Life," but this book has made me aware of a whole genre of life-changing books which I would have downplayed had it not been for my encounter with this one. Please read it, enjoy it, and then pass it on.
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