Summary: Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea provide a glimpse into the lives of Eastern Christians. Presented in Persecuted are countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and those formerly under Soviet control. Not only do the authors share stories from the lives of Christians in these countries, they also explain the laws of each country. Persecuted is a well-written book that gives Western Christians a knowledge of what their Eastern brothers and sisters in the faith experience on a daily basis.
Review: When I was a teen I read the book by DC Talk about martyrs of the faith. Now, as an adult, reading Persecuted I’ve gotten a more “advanced” understanding of what happens to Eastern Christians. As a born and raised Western Christian, this book has given me a deeper appreciation for what we do have as a country. We’re free to convert to Christianity, we’re free to build churches, we’re free to own a Bible. Things aren’t ideal, and they won’t be this side of Heaven, but things aren’t as tight as they are in the countries presented in Persecuted.
The authors have done a very good job of compiling and presenting the information. Out of the ten chapters, all but two are about specific countries. Each chapter is broken up by region and the countries presented all have similar laws regarding religion. I did have a bit of a hard time reading the book though. Not because it was poorly written, but because it’s just such an intense topic to really read about.
The whole book really made an impression on me. I would highly recommend Persecuted to every Western Christian. Read it with your church, read it with friends, just read it!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.