“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” -Jesus of Nazareth
This quote is an appropriate one to begin a collection of stories featuring those who were persecuted because of their faith. And not talking about the elected public official who cried persecution when they refused to do their job. Nor the company that cries persecution because the law requires them to provide services to a gay couple. Nor do I mean the white man who cries persecution when a woman chooses to get an abortion.
Editors Charles Moore and Timothy Keiderling have collected thirty-six stories spanning two millennia of Christianity. From the stoning of Stephen in Acts to Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, these stories stir in us a desire to experience justice, while inspiring us to a greater faithfulness in our own Christian living. Bearing Witness provides a glimpse of what persecution and religious oppression really looks like.
A project of the Bearing Witness Stories Project, an initiative of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College, Bearing Witness is written in a light, conversational-style, appealing to readers of various kinds.
Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, I am giving away one copy of Bearing Witness. If you are interested in purchasing your own copy, click the image below:
UPDATE: Winner of this contest is Jacob Sahms!