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Eternity in Their Hearts [Paperback]

Don Richardson
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May 1984
The photograph on the cover of this book portrays the ruins of Machu Picchu, a majestic fortess in Peru built in the fifteenth century. Anyone who has been awed by its splendor will want to read how Pachacuti, the Inca king who founded it, accomplished something far more significant than merely building fortesses, temples or monuments. His story is yet another example of how the concept of a supreme God has existed for centuries in hundreds of cultures throughtout the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very insightfull June 27 2014
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I learned a lot from this book, great read. It provides insight into many things I was wondering about, and clarified many parts of scripture
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something Didn't Sit Quite Right Aug. 16 2011
I'm still struggling to put my finger on exactly what I thought of this book, however, I've thought about it enough that I'm sure this review isn't premature.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caught me by surprise! Nov. 21 2010
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. I highly recommend this easy and fascinating read about how the one and only God of creation has kept his story alive throughout the remote nations of the world until they are brought the full revelation of the gospel. What an encouragement compared to the revisionist history of our age!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book! June 11 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. The author provides many examples of how God is active in spreading His gospel. It is humbling to realize that God does not "need" man to spread His Word, but rather chooses to share the experience with us.
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Excellent study of tribal and ethnic traditions and myths that point to the true God of Creation and His Son the Messiah of Israel. Don Richardson shows stories of people who said that they once knew the true God, but somehow either lost the Book, or lost contact with Him. One tribe said that they were sure that a light-skinned messenger would come someday to tell about the Son of God. So sure were they that they had appointed people to watch for these messengers. This paved the way for the actual missionaries to share Christ with them, which was accepted eagerly. Other examples are people who had lost a Book, and were waiting for someone to restore it to them. One example was recorded in the Bible where Paul preached on Mars Hill to the Greeks about the unknown God. Richardson goes back further to tell about the story of Epimenides and the sacrificing of "dedicated" sheep to ask the "unknown God" to cure the city of a deadly plague, after they had offered atoning sacrifices to all of the gods that they had to no avail.
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.
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I found this an exciting book because it is filled with numerous historical examples of peoples from diverse cultures the world over whose lives have been blessed by the missionary spread of the Gospel.
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.
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