Book Review: Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Marshall, Gilbert, Shea)

The topic of persecution and the cost of Christianity has been covered by a myriad of authors. From Foxes Book of Martyrs To Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship to even more recent books such as Radical (Platt) and Don’t Waste Your Life (Piper), I feel like there is no shortage of available texts on persecution and threat against Christians on a global scale.

At the same time, I believe this book brings a unique perspective to the table. Most particularly I enjoyed the flow of the book, as they broke down the global persecution into regions: Remaining communist powers (ch 2), Post-Communist Countries (ch 3), South Asia’s Christian Outcastes (ch 4), The Muslim World (ch 5-8), and “Cruel and Usual Abuse” (Burma, Ethiopia, and Eritrea).

Separating them in this way helps see a unique thread of persecution in different areas and I believe it helps those who have a heart for those particular regions to see a more nuanced examination beyond “there is persecution” but rather “here is what the persecution in this area/ruling power looks like.”

The book is carefully written and full of powerful stories of obedience, suffering, and endurance. The book ends with a call to action and response to what was just read.

I definitely recommend picking it up and taking some careful time to pray through it’s pages.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.

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