God's Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and PerseveranceAndrew BrunsonBaker Books / 2019 / Hardcover$1.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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Anonymous1 Stars Out Of 5God's HostageJuly 14, 2020AnonymousQuality: 4Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I did not liked this story at all. I could not finish reading it. I got to two thirds of it and had to throw it away. He just crumbled from the beginning. It was definitely not an inspiring story at all! I will not recommend getting this book.
Susie5 Stars Out Of 5God's HostageJanuary 13, 2020SusieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gave as a Christmas gift to my father-in-law. Will check with him on thoughts, but he seemed excited to read.
I look forward to reading in the future, as well.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5INCREDIBLE!December 16, 2019MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is very emotionally charged to read. Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife Norrine had served as a missionary's wife in Turkey for 23 years. Their love of the people and commitment to sharing the gospel with them ran deep. So much so they applied for a permanent visa and make the country their forever home. In 2016 they were both arrested. Norrine was shortly released but Andrew remained imprisoned for 735 days in horrible conditions. He was accused of being a spy and a terrorist. His is an incredible story of being persecuted for righteousness sake.
I applaud and admire Andrew's courage to be transparent about his thoughts, emotions and testing of his faith. He didn't pretend to be the hero or a super saint, just the real deal.
While I have never been imprisoned with false accusations nor faced any of the extreme trials he did, I have experienced emotions and situations in lesser situations that he shared. Andrew speaks of his time of depression, anxiety attacks, hopelessness, thoughts of suicide, fear, and even questioning his faith and God's existence. Pretty extreme right? Some may read this a judge him. "He is a pastor! He is a Christian! He should have these thoughts and feelings!" Wrong! We are all flesh and of this world. Anyone in circumstances can falter and fall. That does not mean we are not Christ's. I felt like a failure during those times and that I was probably the only one or a rare few of God's children to disappoint Him so. I am not happy the author went through these things but it helped me see even His strongest, most dedicated servants waver.
I have felt all of these in times that crushed my spirit and if most Christians were honest they would admit to the same. Satan can put us in a place where his attacks wear one down. He also admitted to needing medication to get through. This is frowned up on in the Christian community.
The bottom line is God delivered him! Did he fail as God's man? No! He went through the fire and always came back to his Savior and God. As horrific as these events were, he came out stronger and is still serving God. Bravo Pastor Brunson!
Maryannb5 Stars Out Of 5AmazingDecember 5, 2019MaryannbQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God's plan for them.
What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, determining to stay unless God told them to leave.
In 2016, they were arrested. Though the State eventually released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of the attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose story soon became known around the world.
My Thoughts: This should be a book that every Christian, every missionary should read. It gives us a realistic look at what it is like to "go unto the world" and evangelize. It isn't easy, and pastor Brunson is a classic tale of what it is like in the middle east.
This is pastor Brunson's story of how he was captured, the hardships he and his wife encountered. It tells us of their faith throughout this nightmare that they endured. This is an excellent book, one that we all should read.
Jolene4 Stars Out Of 5Persecution, imprisonment, and perseverance....December 3, 2019JoleneQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5God's Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance by Andrew Brunson, with Craig Borlase, is not light reading. The subtitle perfectly relays the contents of this autobiography: persecution, imprisonment, and perseverance. Andrew Brunson underwent intense hardship as he spent 735 days in Turkish prisons. As the majority of this book takes place during his imprisonment, frequently the focus is on his mental, emotional, and spiritual struggles. I appreciated the deep honesty he shared. He tells about his fears, deep depression, suicidal thoughts, the well-intentioned (but not helpful) advice of others, and much more.
Although the subject matter in God's Hostage is weighty, I found the plot fascinating. At times, I wanted to keep turning pages to follow along his journey, but had to stop for the night and space it out to avoid absorbing too much of the emotional turmoil. I could relate to his feelings of being abandoned by God in his hardship. In a way it was refreshing to read about as it reminds me that I'm not the only one who faces certain struggles.
God's Hostage by Andrew Brunson, with Craig Borlase, will appeal both to readers who enjoy autobiographies and to those who followed Andrew Brunson's imprisonment as it happened. 4.5 Stars!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.