Bearing Witness: Stories of Martydom and Costly Discipleship was a very challenging read for me. I usually like to read book that will encourage, uplift, or challenge me in my Christian walk.
This one was tales of Christian martyrs. So, what exactly is a martyr? A martyr is someone who dies for something they believe in. The first Christian martyr was Stephen who was stoned to death after preaching. Since then, they have been plenty of others were killed for being a Christian and that is what this book is about.
While reading this book, I was thankful that I was blessed to be born in a place where my religion is not against the law. We tend to forget how blessed we are. There are people who have to lie about their faith in order not to get killed or hurt.
Each of the stories will cut deep into your heart. How much am I willing to sacrifice for Jesus? In the face of the danger, would I be willing to lay my life down for Him? I pray that my answer is yes, I want to be remembered as a Christian who was willing to do anything for the Lord, even if it means dying for Him. He died for us, so I would want to return Him the same favor, would you?
What does it cost to follow Jesus? For these men and women, the answer was: everything. They were ready to Christ in the face of persecution, even if it cost them their lives. From the stoning of Stephen in first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christian persecuted by Boko Haram today, these stories from around the world and through the ages will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding us what costly discipleship looks at any age.
In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
About the editors:
Charles E. Moore has complied and edited several acclaimed books and Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.
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