I had seen the movie and wanted the book. The book is great, with more details than the movie could provide. We are not to be pew-sitters if we truly believe the Bible and are Christ followers. The Ripkens show the true story of being Christ followers. I would also recommend the follow-up book, Insanity of Obedience.
It seems that we have become too comfortable in our lives. This book should awaken every heart and soul from their slumber and make them wonder why as Americans we have not suffered for Christ. Why we sit in our comfortable church pews and houses listening and reading our works of literature and Bibles. We should be stirring up our souls to find where Christ is at work. We should be finding our missions and do what Christ called us to do, seek and save the lost. This book makes you yearn for the faith of those persecuted. To want to find the same passion for the lost. It stirred my soul.
Ripken writes of his own family's experience trying to help Somalis in their collapsed country and how that led to a lot of other problems. He decided to try to write a guide for new missionaries trying to work in hard situations like Somalia, and he got the idea of going to visit different regions of the world where Christians are persecuted and getting their input on how to be helped. Needless to say, he was blown away by the answers he got, and he ended up writing a very different book than what he had expected! YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! It is vital for the life of the Church that we western Christians get a different view of the Christian life than what we currently have.