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 Obedience. It looks very good so far.