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Publication Date: 2014
Most Christians in the West know little about the dangers believers face in other parts of the world. Tim Keesee, a veteran missionary and executive producer of the award-winning Dispatches from the Front DVD series, leads readers to experience global Christianity, exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world's most perilous countries.
The incredible accounts included in this compelling traveloguestories that span the globe from China to Afghanistanhighlight the bold faith and sacrificial bravery of God's people. Ultimately, Dispatches from the Front magnifies Christ's saving work in all the earth, encouraging Christians to stand firm in the gospel and joyfully embrace their role in its unstoppable advance!
Tim Keesee is the founder and executive director of Frontline Missions International (FMI), which for the past 20 years has served to advance the gospel in some of the worlds most difficult places. He has traveled to 80 countries, reporting on the church from the former Iron Curtain countries to war-torn Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the executive producer of the popular DVD documentary series, Dispatches from the Front.
Bethlehem College and Seminary
Dispatches from the Front is a thoughtful, moving, understated, and ultimately convicting narrative depicting the work of the gospel in some of the most challenging corners of the world. It tells of brothers and sisters in Christ who in God's grace display faithfulness and transcendent joy, unflagging zeal to share the gospel, and an unfettered allegiance to King Jesus. To read of the kingdom advance in the teeth of challenges is to learn humility and rekindle contrition, faith, and intercessory prayer.
-D. A. Carson,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
The Lord promised to call to himself people from every nation, tribe, and tongue, and few things thrill me more than seeing and hearing how he is fulfilling that promise. Tim Keesee has a remarkable ministry in traveling the world to seek out what the Lord is doing and to make these things known. Dispatches from the Front allows you to travel with him, and if you go along, you will be blessed, you will be encouraged, and you will praise God.
We have been far more successful at westernizing the world than gospelizing it. Tim's book is a kind but firm challenge to a church that has exchanged the great commission for a smaller, more comfortable version. Each chapter is a serious wake-up call for churches and Christians to return to an authentic, New Testament mission.
President, Central Theological Seminary
This book is intriguing, well-written, and culturally informative, and it introduces us to fellow-believers who otherwise would remain unknown. Read it for those reasons. But read it first and foremost because it reveals anew the first-century Christ, who is now remaking diverse people of this twenty-first century into the elite citizens of his everlasting kingdom.
-David J. Hesselgrave,
Emeritus Professor of Mission, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Riveting. Tim writes with artistry and passion about gospel needs and gospel triumphs. He labors in the worlds toughest places and, through his journals, takes us along for the ride. Read this book. Rejoice. Weep. Pray. Then find a way to join those serving on the front lines for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Pastor, Killian Hill Baptist Church, Lilburn, Georgia
Dispatches from the Front is a powerful book. It spreads a vision for God's mission to call a people for his name and provides incredible reminders of the gospel's power. Read it and your heart will be stirred to praise God for his mercy among the nations and to pray for its continued spread.
President, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
whiteninjaAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Heart Wrenching and Heart TuggingMay 27, 2014whiteninjaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of the few books I really enjoy reading and while reading, I constantly give thanks to God for what He has done.
If you have read before "Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists" by Colin Hansen or "A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir" by Colin Hansen and John D. Woodbridge, the format of this book would be very familiar with you.
In Dispatches, Keesee takes us through almost every continent in the world and the many countries that have been "closed" to the gospel. Many of these countries includes former Soviet countries like the Central Asian countries, China and Albania.
Intersperse within his stories are many pictures and maps of these christians mentioned in this book. You will no doubt read of many heart wrenching stories, and many many bravery stories, stories of how willing these Christians are to suffer for the gospel sake. These and many stories like it are repeated almost in every country that Keesee has written about. Not only so, you will see the different needs that these people have and how Christianity has been meeting these needs and especially the great need for salvation in Christ Jesus. Keesee's writing is engaging, thoughtful and enjoyable. I do not remember having to pause at any time just to take time to digest the stories, but with every chapter finished, I looked forward to reading just another chapter.
Many a times as we how the Gospel has been marginalised in the West, Christians can feel rather disheartened about the situation, but as you read, your heart will be warmed to see how God has been and still is converting these hearts for Himself. Not only so, God will continues to send His servants to them despite the tremendous difficulty and hardship that they will face.
Not only will your heart be warmed, it too be be tugged, to want to see more of the Lord's work to be present in this world before Jesus returns again. I know of no other way to help you better see this than to give some quotes from the book itself "The world is more willing to receive the gospel than Christians are willing to give the gospel", "Is Afghanistan sealed against the entrance of the missionary? Or is the land only waiting for those who will pay the price of bursting its barriers?" and lastly, "On the front lines of gospel advance, there is no medals, no helmets, no sword - just men and women transformed by the gospel to take the message of Christ to the next city or country or next door".
I would highly recommend every christian to read this book, especially those who want to know more about missions, and I pray that after reading this, that God will send more to go, and even more to pray for those who have gone, and for those who will go.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange of a honest review.
DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5To God be the GloryMay 2, 2014DiscipleMom LauraTXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My heart rejoiced while tears streamed down my face as I read Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places by Tim Keesee. In the book, Keesee chronicles his travels and the stories of believers and cross-cultural workers from the former Soviet Republics to China, and from southeast Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
From the story of Sunday School teacher Galina Vilchinskaya, a 23-year-old Sunday School teacher who spent five years in prison, to the story of aid-worker Gayle Williams who was gunned down by the Taliban, these stories show faith and hope in the midst of persecution. Dispatches from the Front challenges the comfortable to take the next step in their faith journey, and it challenges all of us to reach out to the nations and do our part in extending God's Kingdom throughout the world.
For those who have never worked in cross-cultural ministry, this book will open your eyes to the persecution of believers around the world. You are almost guaranteed to see life differently after reading Dispatches, to realize how easy it is to be a believer here in the U.S. Be warned, though. God may use Dispatches from the Front to tug at your heart and involve you in His kingdom work around the world.
Having worked in cross-cultural ministry overseas, I relish books like Dispatches from the Front. Nothing is more exciting that reading amazing stories of God's power at work in difficult circumstances, of seeing how His grace is sufficient even in persecution and suffering. I rejoice at how the nations are being drawn to Him and the Abrahamic covenant is being fulfilled right before our eyes.
Dispatches from the Front is a book that's hard to put down once you've started reading. It's one that's full of emotion as you experience the highs and lows of the very real challenges of living out your faith in Christ in countries where it's illegal. And, it's a book that will challenge you personallyâ€”are you doing your part to extend God's Kingdom on earth? Read it if you dare!
About the Author
Tim Keesee is the founder and executive director of Frontline Missions International, which for the past 20 years has served to advance the gospel in some of the world's most difficult places. He has traveled to 80 countries, reporting on the church from the former Iron Curtain countries to war-torn Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the executive producer of the popular DVD documentary series, Dispatches from the Front, and the author of Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places.
* Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.