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Safely Home Paperback – August 1, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thought provoking, and a vivid reminder of Christians across the globe who still suffer persecution today. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book and Randy Alcorn's writing. I learned so much. I read this soon after the first printing and just read it again, and I learned so much more. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Judith L. McBride
Tender reminder of the importance of Gods word in context. Found it interesting that China began as a Christian nation. Of course it did. 😊Published 1 month ago by Amy L Hedberg
Superb read! Would have loved to see a bit more closure in the end, It was pretty vague.Published 1 month ago by Deb
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and lead you to appreciate and pray for the persecuted church throughout the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James D. Nelson