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.