God's Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and PerseveranceAndrew BrunsonBaker Books / 2019 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Perseverance!November 17, 2019WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was glad to be able to read the story of Andrew Brunson's imprisonment and release. How God orchestrated everything is amazing. The author writes, "I decided that if I ever had the opportunity, I would be open and honest about my struggles, that my testimony would be one of weakness: my weakness, but God's strength. Maybe God chose a weak man to serve as an encouragement to others who have felt weak."
This isn't great literature. The story in the hands of a good writer could have put the reader in the situation more ably, but it is good to read anyway.
Praise God for our present leaders, including President Trump. It brings out the importance of each person standing up for what they know and believe.
The epilogue is very important to the telling of Andrew's story. It explains some things that Andrew and his wife Norine went through and why. It ties it all together. But to read the end before reading the whole book would not give the same impact and understanding.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Persecuted and ImprisonedNovember 13, 2019thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is the true story of Andrew Brunson, a missionary to Turkey amongst Muslims for over 20 years. Unjustly, imprisoned along with his wife after being accused of being a spy, Andrew recounts his experience as a prisoner for 2 years.
I don't know that I would have called him a hostage but rather a prisoner. Although he was able to maintain limited contact with his wife he struggled with doubt, depression and suicidal thoughts. This biography is a little different than others in that the author focuses more on his internal problems and struggles than he does on his condition in the prison. I understand his reason for doing this and others who have found themselves in similar situations can relate but I feel like there was a bit of praise missing.
Don't get me wrong, I admire and am greatly encouraged by his faith. Even through all his struggles and inner battles, he never lost his faith. That speaks volumes because I don't know how I would have fared if I had been persecuted and imprisoned for my faith. But I would have like to read more of how God strengthen him through all those hard months.
Nevertheless, this is a very encouraging read that will surely uplift you in your faith.
I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
cheryl5 Stars Out Of 5Could Not Put The Book Down!November 7, 2019cherylQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What would you do for Jesus? How far would you go to share your faith? Persecution of Christians in on the rise throughout the world, churches are bombed or burned, believers are imprisoned or harassed even to the point that trying to share the gospel is illegal. I finished the book in one day and highly recommend God's Hostage.
"God's Hostage," a true story of persecution, imprisonment, and perseverance is a true story of a pastor and his wife serving as missionaries in Turkey. In 1993 Andrew Brunson and his wife moved to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, through some difficulties and threats they were successful in planting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian.
They were arrested in 2016, Turkey released Norine, who stayed in the country, Andrew was imprisoned for 735 days. He was discouraged, at times felt that God abandoned him, broken, heart wrenching, but in the end a light in a very dark world. I found it quite upsetting that countries use innocent people for political purposes. At the end of the day, God is in control, He is always with us. He will bring us through the darkest of days.
I received a copy of the book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest opinion.
FayJac5 Stars Out Of 5A True Story...November 6, 2019FayJacI was a little hesitant to read this book, because I don't like books about believer's suffering even though they tend to be uplifting in the end. This book, however, was more about Andrew's suffering emotionally during his imprisonment in Turkey. He agonized over why and how long and what would happen to him which finally yielded to surrender and trust.
This is a true story of the persecution and imprisonment of a pastor and missionary in Turkey. He was held for political reasons and trumped up false charges. Many senators along with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence worked for his release. He was finally released after over two years in Turkish prisons and fake trials that occurred during that time.
This turned out to be an interesting book and not that hard to read. As the back cover reads, "God's Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, his faithfulness . . . and his freedom."
(Please Note: Although a copy of this book was sent to me by Baker Books to review, the opinions expressed are my own.)
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5God's HostageNovember 4, 2019MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"God's Hostage" is a riveting read on Pastor Andrew Brunson's ordeal in Turkey after he was falsely accused of being a terrorist, even after spending many years leading a church and ministering to others in Jesus' name. Around 250 pages, the title covers many areas:
1. Brunson's years of ministry in Turkey before he was falsely accused of terrorism.
2. Examples of the many people he and his congregation ministered to.
3. Various ways he was persecuted and targeted for assassination even before his ordeal.
4. The many, many ups and downs he and his wife experienced during his ordeal.
5. The prisons he stayed at - conditions, fellow cell mates, etc.
6. Circumstances leading up to his arrest.
7. Circumstances leading to his freedom.
Because of the pastor's experiences, the book is a tough read. Some folks may feel uncomfortable (like and earlier reviewer stated) reading the book, but I have to remind myself that true believers in Christ will suffer persecution and heartache in various ways in different countries throughout the world. Ultimately, I appreciated Pastor Brunson's gut-level honesty (times of encouragement he received, the many times he was frustrated during his ordeal, questioning his relationship with God, etc.). After reading the Bible on what Jesus went through during His life on earth and death on the cross, why should we expect a pain-free, problem life?
I remember a while back the church I attended in Charlotte, North Carolina, was called to pray for Pastor Brunson (as were many believers around the world were doing) until he was released. Thankfully, God answered our prayers for His glory.
The book is well-written, smoothly transitions from topic to topic, challenging, and encouraging. One can either be totally turned off by reading the book or be challenged to trust God more and remember that ultimately He is in charge of the universe and our daily lives.
Recommended and will read again in the future. I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.