Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship (Giveaway)

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"I cannot explain how such a weak woman as I was given such wonderful blessings during times of fear and suffering." -Ahn Ei Sook persecuted from 1939 to 1945, in Korea

What does it cost to follow Jesus?

For some, it's everything.

"The two young mothers were stripped naked and given nets to wear. Then they were thrown in the arena with a wild bull. Yet while the animal trampled and kicked at them, Perpetua seemed unconcerned with the brutal animal, carefully binding up her disheveled hair in order to meet death with as much dignity as possible." Perpetua died AD 203 in Carthage (modern Tunisia)

These stories and more can be found throughout the pages of, "Bearing Witness", edited by Charles E. Moore and Timothy Keiderling. This is a book of those who have been tested and found faithful. These are the stories that should inspire us to grow in our faith and to examine what Christ is worth to us. From the stoning of Stephen in first-century Jerusalem to the massacres in current Nigeria-"Bearing Witness" contains 36 stories of people whose motto's truly were, " For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)"

"I never look for shortcuts in my faith-and neither should you." Stanimir Katanic persecuted from 1950 to 1957, in Yugoslavia

I remember reading a similar book when I was a kid called, "Jesus Freaks" via DC Talk. I was horrified to read about people being burned alive, their eyes gouged out, or their children murder because of their love for Christ. This To this day, I'm not sure my faith has reached that point. For myself? Yes. But my children? Oh gosh. My eyes water at the thought. This book has the same effect on me. I am still in shock and awe over every single story. Not one doesn't break my heart and make me rejoice at the same time.

"Chaos growing out of tyranny will not endure. No matter how long the darkness, the night cannot be endless. God's word teaching us to believe in the victory of the light." Alexander Men died 1990, in Semkhoz, Russia

One thing you will notice in all these stories is the appearance of hope. REAL hope. Obviously, because you have to hold on to something in such times, right? This book has started a new prayer for me. I pray to have not only the faith of these people, but their hope too. I also desire that I may pass on such strength to my children.

This book is hands down a necessary read for anyone who calls themselves a Christian. I think it would also be good to go over each story as a family. Is it a hard subject to discuss with children? Yes. But still, I believe it needs to be talked about regularly. 

You have an opportunity to win one of these books for your own family. Thanks to Plough Publishing, they are giving one of my readers a copy.

Just post below in the comments a favorite hymn or praise song. I will use to pick a winner. (make sure you include your email.) Giveaway will end May 26th.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Interested in some more giveaways? Check all I'm giving away HERE.


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