Eternity in Their Hearts Paperback – May 1984
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I want to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed 'Peace Child' by Don Richardson and have read it more than once, so when I saw that this was required reading for a missions class I was naturally excited and expecting the same quality of material. What I found was an underdeveloped book that had decent potential; and when all was said and done, something about the book just didn't sit quite right. I think what it was is that he takes the idea of "redemptive analogies", first presented in 'Peace Child', a little too far. I say that because I began to see him advocating a way of presenting the gospel that doesn't seem consistent with the "simple" truth of the gospel and the "offence of the cross." So I've given this book 3 stars because I don't recall it being damaging to the gospel, par se, but I can not say that it is beneficial to missions and the spreading of the gospel either.
I personal don't recommend this book, but would gladly recommend Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century to anyone interested in the topic of redemptive analogies, or who just wants to read a great missionary story!
Very interesting reading. One disappointment is that in the last chapter he promises a book showing the spreading of Christianity in the last 2000 years, and the missionary fervor of the "World's First Bible Belt" (a 7,000-mile one completely encircling the Mediterranean Sea), but I can't find that this book has ever been published. This book leaves you wanting to find out more, so I recommend the author's "Peace Child" and "Lords of the Earth" talking about the people and customers of Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya), and how these people came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you've ever been challenged, confused or concerned that the Gospel is something exclusively white, European and male that for primarily greedy, arrogant and condescending reasons has been imposed upon other cultures this is a book you may want to read.
I loved it. I've read it several times and found it easy to read and to understand.
The author himself is a missionary. He presents numerous factual examples of what he calls 'redemptive analogies'. These are "hidden keys" within the very fabric of non-European cultures that have wisely been recognized and utilized by many (but of course not all) missionaries over the centuries.
In contrast to seeing the Gospel as something illegitimate and disrespectful imposed upon the unsuspecting, ignorant, gullible and uncivilized 'heathen' the beautiful and respectful truth of God's redeeming love for all humankind is shown to have blessed millions. Have you only heard about the wolves in sheeps clothing? Read this book and hear about some amazing stories of blessings.
It was this problem that caused me to lose interest and put it down somewhere in the middle. I have a many books in this state, and it is my experience that I seldom get around to finishing them. I felt compelled however to write a review as I don't feel it is necessarily good for the system to only write about books that we loved.
The idea that God revealed Himself (or better is currently and always revealing Himself) to all peoples on the earth should not be that controversial. I imagine it is to some because they have the fault of being a bit arrogant. It is not hard, after all, to go to some small little country church in the middle of Ohio and find a group of people that feel they are the only ones going to heaven.
Mark Twain once made the statement (I'll paraphrase) that the some have reduced the number of the elect to such a small group they are hardly worth saving. It is important, I think, to reflect on what this skeptic had to say and how it relates to the general idea behind this book. It doesn't seem reasonable to think that God would make it impossible to most of mankind to relate to Him. And it doesn't seem reasonable to think that some small group in Ohio is the only group special enough to understand the revelation of God Almighty.
Of course I am not saying by any means that there is (in my belief) any way to heaven besides through Christ, or that this book purports to say that there is either, but that the way to Christ is not always through an American church service or a Billy Graham crusade.Read more ›
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An excellent book, it should change your understanding of the world around you, and change your life.Published 19 months ago by Taras Bulba
I learned a lot from this book, great read. It provides insight into many things I was wondering about, and clarified many parts of scripturePublished 19 months ago by Philip Schachtner
I bought this book because it was this month's title for our book discussion club and was caught by surprise at it's message. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2010 by GL
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious Son, the Most Merciful Holy Spirit. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
Mr. Richardson does an excellent job of explaining the difference between General and Special Revelation along with explaining how God uses both to spread his Word. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Clark D. Goble
Demonstrates conclusively that God, Himself, is actively involved in preparing the hearts of people in all cultures of the world. Paul was our first example of adapting the gospel. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Andrew
One negative result of living in a society in which Christian is synonymous with status quo is that we begin to make the assumption that our religion is bound up intrinsically in... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Preggers in GA
The thesis of this book is that there is a "One True God" who has, in one form of special revelation or another, revelaed Himself to all peoples within His creation. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by CyberAnth