PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and Resilience in the Middle East by Andreas Knapp
A Westerner learns about faith under fire from persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria…
In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State has been deliberately destroying the culture of a religion that is the cradle of Christianity. Andreas Knapp, a priest who works with refugees in Germany, decided to retrace the refugee trail, visiting camps for displaced people in northern Iraq. Here he found Christians who today still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The uprooted remnant of ancient churches, they doggedly continue to practice their faith against the odds. Their shocking eyewitness reports help us understand why millions of people are fleeing the Middle East.
Denying “unbelievers” the right to life The Wahhabis (named after the eighteenth-century preacher Abd al-Wahhab) regard themselves as Salafists [ultraconservative fundamentalists] whose mission is to restore the original values of Islam. Adherents of all other interpretations of the Koran, and all non-Muslims in particular, are declared “unbelievers” and their right to life denied based on a Salafist reading of the text. According to al-Wahhab’s personal recommendation, all those who refuse to
subscribe to his doctrine should have their property confiscated and their wives and daughters should be violated. Wahhabism is the offi cial Islamic doctrine of Saudi Arabia. The Al-Qaeda network and the Islamic State are ideologically very close to Wahhabism.
Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians by Raymond Ibrahim
Raymond Ibrahim eloquently, relentlessly highlights a topic of the greatest urgency but only passingly noted and generally ignored in polite society: rampant Muslim (and not just Islamist) jihadi aggression these days against all that is Christian…” – Daniel Pipes, president, Middle East Forum
“Every UN official should be told that U.S. funding will be withdrawn from that woebegone organization unless and until this book is read and heeded.” – Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth about Muhammad.
“Christian persecution is perhaps the most obvious example of a phenomenon the mainstream media wants to ignore out of existence – Islamic supremacism. Vastly outnumbered and politically marginalized Christians in the Islamic world simply wish to worship in peace, and yet they still are hounded and attacked; their churches are burned and destroyed; their children are kidnapped, raped, and enslaved. These Christians are often identical to their Muslim co-citizens in race, ethnicity, national identity, culture and language; there is generally no political or property dispute on which the violence can be blamed. The only problem is that they are Christian – they are the other – and so they must be subjugated, according to Sharia’s position for all others; for all infidels, including Israel and the West.”
“If the mainstream media were to report honestly on the persecution of Christians under Islam, the obvious implications that Islam is dangerously hostile to all non-Muslims would be inescapable. Hence, journalists develop an instinct – or make a deliberate choice – to ignore or minimize these uncomfortable facts. No wonder so many Americans, including most self-professed Christians, are either totally unaware of the phenomenon or have no idea of its extent or significance.”
It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt
Religious freedom is under assault as never before. A country founded on freedom of speech and religious belief is being changed from within by activists hostile to both. Is this what we want America to be?
Praise for It’s Dangerous to Believe…
“This book is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and duplicity of many secularists who have abandoned the old rules of mutual respect and fairness that once invited serious secular and religious thinkers into open dialogue. Instead they exhibit rank bigotry in the name of ‘tolerance’ and conduct themselves, especially on sexual matters, more as an evangelical sect than as a movement of reason and dialogue. Thanks are due to Mary Eberstadt for raising this crucial but seriously neglected aspect of the free society today.” – Michael Novak, author of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism and the recipient of the 1994 Templeton Prize