Sunday, July 29, 2012
From the Back of the Book:
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.
While this isn't my favorite novel by Randy Alcorn, it is one of his best. My husband has read it more times than I can count, and has purchased multiple copies, loaning them out to anyone who even hints at an interest in the story.
Here in the United States we have such a skewed view of persecution. We don't understand the church outside of our borders. Once you've read "Safely Home" you'll have a crystal clear of life for the Chinese church, and you'll pray in an entirely different way for brothers and sisters on foreign soil.
Since the original publication, two other editions have been published, and the most recent is a deluxe edition, offering more insight into the development and reason behind the book.
Every once in a while the story feels like a sermon, but the passion behind the words is so genuine you tend to just go with it. Randy had a clear message to send to the world when he crafted "Safely Home", and I'm pleased to say message sent and well received.
"Safely Home" is published by Tyndale Publishing, and is available in bookstores now. Recommended.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 5:36 PM