The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places  -     By: Nik Ripken, Barry Stricker
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The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places

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Whether you're carrying God's good news across the ocean or down the street, you're bound to run into persecution. In this insightful book Ripken shows that it's how we respond that makes all the difference. Learn to move beyond "safe" Christianity, operate wisely as a "sheep among wolves," and embrace the call to radical discipleship! Softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.67 (inches)
ISBN: 1433673096
ISBN-13: 9781433673092

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Wise Sheep Among the Wolves

All Christian disciples have one thing in common: as they carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.

The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls readers to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same, provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you—and prepares you—to cross the street and the oceans with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Some of Jesus’ instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by His declaration, "I am sending you out." But how are we to respond when He then tells us that He is sending us out "like sheep among wolves"?

In light of the words of Jesus, how can modern day believers rest comfortably in the status quo? How can we embrace casual faith in light of the radical commands of Jesus which are anything but casual? Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to roll up your sleeves . . . and to follow and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on this planet.

"We have the high privilege of answering Jesus’ call to go," Ripken says. "But let us be clear about this: we go on His terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves."
Jesus gives us Himself.  And He gives us the tools necessary for those who dare to journey with Him.

Author Bio

Nik Ripken is the world's leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 30 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of The Insanity of God and the new book The Insanity of Obedience. He and his wife have done extensive research on the persecuted church, and on Muslim background believers, in approximately 72 countries.

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    A practical challenge to mission involvement
    March 28, 2014
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    "The Insanity of Obedience" is the follow-up to Nik Ripken's earlier work, "The Insanity of God." Both books represent impassioned pleas for the church to take the Gospel to "the hard places." Christian persecution remains real in many parts of the world today, and blessed are those willing to enter those areas armed with love for Jesus Christ and love for those He came to give His life to redeem. Ripken (not his actual name) calls for total commitment in much the same way that David Platt has done in his "Radical." For the casual church member whose "involvement" in missions is in giving to the "missions fund" or in posting "prayer cards" of missionaries on the refrigerator, this book may not move them very far. But for those who are intentional about carrying out the Great Commission whatever the cost, it may just move them to greater "hands-on" (and possibly even "boots on the ground") commitment. The author writes with great conviction, having invested a quarter-century in taking the Gospel to the nations. He and his wife lost a son in this great enterprise, something that forced them to take an honest step back in order to evaluate whether any cost was too great in order to make Christ known. The stories of those who have suffered for their faith and the experiences he shares are rarely found in books on missions that tend to focus more upon the "romantic" aspects of the "missionary call" or list "foundational principles" of mission work. The world is changing, and so must our methods of reaching it for Christ. Only our Savior and the Gospel He left for us to communicate remain unchanged. I found "The Insanity of Obedience" to be the most authentic and practical exposition of modern-day mission involvement that I have read to date. It is convicting and challenging beyond anything else I have come across in my extensive search, especially in its application to work among people groups where Christ is not immediately welcomed. Special emphasis is accorded ministry among Islamic peoples. including motivation to "cross the street" to speak with our Muslim neighbors here as well as "crossing the ocean" to reach them there. No one considering mission work, especially in difficult places, should proceed very far without reading this book. Immediately after completing this book, I purchased "The Insanity of God." I believe Nik Ripken has something to say that today's church needs to hear and to heed. After all, a dying world is waiting!
  2. Middletown, VA
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    You Can't Judge a Book by Its Title
    March 1, 2014
    Middletown, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
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    Author Nik Ripken's passion for seeing Jesus proclaimed to the ends of the earth--especially in the tough places--is obvious. His reminder for every Christian to follow Jesus, no matter the cost, is commendable.

    Persecution and obedience to God's call are mentioned throughout, and there are a few stories from those who actually suffer for Jesus' sake. However, the book is long (300 pages) and sometimes difficult to follow. Experience is given more weight and volume than Scripture, which is its greatest weakness.
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