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Number of Pages: 377
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
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--Mark Mittelberg, Executive Director of Evangelism for the Willow Creek Association and author of Becoming a Contagious Church
From the first-century stoning of Stephen through his own perilous time--Reformation-era England--John Foxe recounts the lives, sufferings, and triumphant deaths of dozens of Christian martyrs. [Some were people of rank and influence. Some were ordinary folk. Some were his friends.] Four centuries later, these deeply moving accounts of faith and courage mark a path for modern Christians to measure the depth of their commitment.
This edition, edited by William Byron Forbush (1868-1927), contains Foxes original material as well as some later additions (see chapters 5 , 6, & 10 particularly).
Hendrickson Christian Classics is planned to include all the timeless books that generations of believers have treasured. Each volume in the series is freshly retypeset, while thoughtful new prefaces explore their spiritual and historical contexts. For contemporary readers, here is an essential library of Christian wisdom through the ages.
John Foxe (1516- 1587), was an English Puritan preacher and author of The Book of Martyrs, a graphic and polemic account of those who suffered for the cause of Protestantism.
Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A Necessary Book for your Christian Library, Foxes Book of Martyrs from Hendricksons Classics.September 15, 2015Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Most of you are familiar with this title. It is an edifying record of several martyrs from the early Church. Every Christian should own a copy of this book, and read it for their growth. We need to know what happened and the culture in which it happened. We need to understand that it could happen again in our own country, and that it is happening now all over the world. If you dont have a hard copy of this book and only have a digital copy, I suggest you get this one. It is affordable, well done, and printed in the U.S.A. Digital copies are fine, but what happens when tech doesnt work? What happens if a ruling class decides to issue an electronic update and your devices all rewrite your Christian books? Hard copies, put away in a library are insurance against that. I know, they take up a lot of room, and cost money, and can burn up in a fire, but they are important for archiving valuable information. This book contains content that would help us to act appropriately, in future situations that could be similar or the same. Reading about Christians who were pursued, persecuted, and killed for their faith, should help us understand that their convictions were strong. Stronger than their fear of death. We should all hope that if we, by Gods providence are to be martyred, that He would grant us the grace that these precious ones of His received.
We can read about the Apostles, and men like Polycarp who knew John. Here is an excerpt from the book,
Polycarp, the venerable bishop of Smyrna, hearing that persons were seeking for him, escaped, but was discovered by a child. After feasting the guards who apprehended him, he desired an hour in prayer, which being allowed, he prayed with such fervency, that his guards repented that they had been instrumental in taking him. He was, however, carried before the proconsul, condemned, and burnt in the market place.
The proconsul then urged him, saying, Swear, and I will release thee;reproach Christ.
Polycarp answered, Eighty and six years have I served him, and he never once wronged me; how then shall I blaspheme my King, Who hath saved me? At the stake to which he was only tied, but not nailed as usual, as he assured them he should stand immovable, the flames, on their kindling the fagots, encircled his body, like an arch, without touching him; and the executioner, on seeing this, was ordered to pierce him with a sword, when so great a quantity of blood flowed out as extinguished the fire. But his body, at the instigation of the enemies of the Gospel, especially Jews, was ordered to be consumed in the pile, and the request of his friends, who wished to give it Christian burial, rejected. They nevertheless collected his bones and as much of his remains as possible, and caused them to be decently interred.
We can also read about men from the Reformation like, John Wickliffe, John Huss, and Martin Luther. What these people did to preserve and spread Gods word, so that we could have it today, should make us appreciate their dedication and spur us on to remain faithful during persecution.
catcherhiggy5 Stars Out Of 5coming attractionsMay 18, 2015catcherhiggyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The depravity of mankind sans Jesus Christ. The trial for the 21st century church is soon to be. There will be no lukewarm Christians.
johntoothFloridaAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5PositiveAugust 17, 2012johntoothFloridaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent book. Very sobering to find out the names of people that were persecuted and suffered for Jesus Christ in the early church. Here in America it is all about comfort but I believe there is coming a time when today's believers will be called upon their faith in Jesus Christ to make that life or death decision.
mommy05Lake Ozark,MOAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book is exceptional!March 13, 2012mommy05Lake Ozark,MOAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A true classic and almost essential to those in Christianity. It tells of those that gave of their lives to Christ, and inspire me to not move through the motions.
BillLA, CA.Age: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Another great Hendrickson Christian Classic book.February 8, 2011BillLA, CA.Age: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Foxe's Book of Marytyrs is an excellent source of information about the courage and suffering of early christians in the face of tremendous persecution. It is another timeless Hendrickson Christian Classic book.
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