Answering the Call, The Doctor Who Made Africa His Life

Ken Gire has written a very interesting book about the life of Albert Schweitzer.

The book tells of a man who was extremely intelligent, and would be considered a success in multiple areas. He had degrees and knowledge of philosophy, music, and medicine.

He used his knowledge to help those who did not have the health services they needed to survive in a rough environment: Africa.

Albert Schweitzer lived through World War 1 and World War 2. He was considered a prisoner of war during the First War and he had to leave his work at the hospital to be imprisoned.

He also had to leave his work to raise money to continue the hospital’s work several times.

In addition to working in establishing the hospital, playing concerts, lecturing at universities, he also was a writer.

Albert Schweitzer not only helped people during his lifetime, his life continues to inspire people today through foundations named for him, the hospital he established, and his influence on others that was profound.

This book can be purchased at: ChristianBooks.com – at least at the time of this writing. It is not an affiliate link.

The Insanity of God by “Nik Ripken”

The Insanity of God is written under a pseudonym to protect people whose stories are told in the book.

The book is a story told of Nik Ripken’s journey of faith after feeling like he was unsuccessful in reaching people for Jesus, and a faith crisis of losing his son as well.

Several things led to him taking a journey to speak with people who have, or are still, lived with persecution.

This book was encouraging to know that God is working all over the world whether we do anything or not, although he likes us to be involved. It also told stories of people who lived under horrible circumstances and yet continued to thrive in their belief of God, although not all did (as is always the case).

The book spoke of one unusual common theme that the author discovered. He found that people who were living in these difficult situations used singing of spiritual songs that were special to them to make it through.

This was spoken of in the Bible when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison, put into stocks, after they had been beaten. They sung songs of praise and prayed through it:

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25 HCSB)

The book told stories of people who experienced similar things that happened during Bible days such as seeing visions and dreams of God, experiencing miracles, seeing a person die the next day after being told they were interfering with God’s work.

The author stated that his experience of interviewing these people was uplifting to him and strengthened his faith. It also gave him a new definition of a miracle: Being able to see a family be baptized in public, worshiping in public, and no authority coming to do something to the people.

I would recommend this book if you would like to see persecution from a different point of view: God’s.

Note: Unless I specifically mention it in my blog posts, I did not receive this book from the publisher. I purchased it myself and read it after seeing it mentioned in another place (can’t recall where, though.) I am currently reading his follow-up book, The Insanity of ObedienceIt looks very good so far.

Prayer for the Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me.

Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

–Jesus (Matthew 5: 10-12 HCSB)

Father in Heaven,

This beatitude is difficult to understand,

but Jesus never asked anything of his followers that he didn’t do first.

Thank you for His example to get through the difficult times of life, even times that seem impossible.

Help those who are suffering to feel your peace, your comfort, and to radiate your joy in the darkest of places.

Through Jesus,

who knows what suffering is like, forgave those who persecuted him, and welcomed many of those very ones into his kingdom in the years after his death and resurrection.