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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800731042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800731045
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,331,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brother Andrew began taking Bibles to Christians behind closed borders in 1955. That work has since developed into Open Doors International. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, including God's Smuggler, The Narrow Road, and Light Force. When not traveling, Brother Andrew makes his home in the Netherlands. Al Janssen has co-written or authored more than twenty five books, including Light Force. He is chairman of the board for Open Doors (U.S.A.) with Brother Andrew and is director of communications for Open Doors International. Janssen lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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By Alibaba on 9 Sept. 2013
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It gave me an inspiration to witness to my neighbours who are Muslims. It is alovely book to book to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. R. Hales on 4 Mar. 2011
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I read this whilst The Promise was being shown on TV. How little the region seems to have changed
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
LIKE THE 29th CHAPTER OF ACTS! 21 Jun. 2005
By Joel C. Rosenberg - Published on
Format: Hardcover
LIGHT FORCE is a wonderfully inspiring book by Brother Andrew (of God's Smuggler fame) and Al Janssen of Open Doors International, taking those interested in what God is doing in the modern Middle East on a powerful and unforgettable journey that reads like the 29th chapter of the Book of Acts. It is chock full of amazing anecdotes you will never read in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

My wife and I had the privilege of having lunch with the authors in Southern California where we peppered them for more details. What struck us most was Brother Andrew's boldness and incurable confidence in a God who can open doors to reach the most unreachable. Over salads and iced tea, Andrew humbly shared story after story of how he personally shared the gospel with Yasser Arafat, with Islamic Ayatollahs, and with Palestinian terrorists exiled to Lebanon. He also told us his unforgettable experience of preaching the gospel to 400 Hamas leaders in Gaza City, which he relates on pages 182-190 of his book.

"I can't change the situation you face here in Gaza," Andrew told the Hamas leaders. "I can't solve the problems you have with your enemies. But I can offer you the One who is called the Prince of Peace. You cannot have real peace without Jesus. And you cannot experience Him without forgiveness. He offers to forgive us of all our sins. But we cannot receive that forgiveness if we don't ask for it. The Bible calls this repentance and confession of sin. If you want it, then Jesus forgives. He forgave me and made me a new person. Now I'm not afraid to die because my sins are forgiven and I have everlasting life."

Hearing the story, I had to confess to Brother Andrew that it had never dawned on me to pray for-much less preach the gospel-to Hamas leaders. But isn't that what Jesus tells us to do, to love our enemies? What made the story all the more remarkable was that rather than lynching Andrew for trying to convert them to Christ, the Hamas leaders invited him to speak to other Muslims.

"Andrew, I believe you know that I teach at the Islamic University," said one. "To my knowledge, we have never had any lectures about Christianity. While you were talking, I was thinking that it would be helpful for our students to know about real Christianity. Would you consider coming to the university and giving a lecture about the differences between Christianity and Islam?"

Even the Palestinian Christian leaders who accompanied Brother Andrew to the event were taken aback. "I think my God is too small," said the head of the Palestinian Bible Society. "I never thought that a Christian could speak to radical, fanatical fundamentalists. But even if someone did have a chance, it never occurred to me that they would actually want to sit and listen to the gospel. Today God showed me how big He is."

An absolute must read for anyone interested in the future of the Middle East.

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Read for All Western Christians 3 Feb. 2005
By barefoot rabbit - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Don't miss out on this incredibly important book. Brother Andrew is still living life to the fullest in his late 70s and has something to say that deserves a listening ear. You have only to hear the passion in his voice to understand how important the topic of his latest book is. While many of us here in the west love to spout off our political and spiritual convictions and opinions, Brother Andrew doesn't merely talk about his passions, he goes out and and lives his faith.

In this book, you'll read about his fascinating conversations with Hamas and Hezbollah leaders, stories of the overlooked Church in the Middle East, and dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli believers. Even if (or especially if) you already consider yourself knowledgable about Middle Eastern affairs, this book is unspeakably invaluable to our understanding of the real-life face of the conflict over the years, as well as what it means to be part of the worldwide Church.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Light Force by Brother Andrew: A Online Review 24 Feb. 2005
By The Constitutionist - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Light Force is a stirring epic by Brother Andrew. Andrew relates moving stories of hope and faith in the persecuted Middle East. So often we can't fathom how there could be hope in the midst of such trials; however, Brother Andrew illustrates that there can be hope even amongst the hate and strife.
He speaks of ministering in a Palestinian refugee camp consisting predominantly of Muslim families. I was amazed at how well they received him. They invited him into their homes and allowed him to pray for them. Brother Andrew believes that Christians should learn a important lesson from the Muslim's devotion to their god. If we were as devoted to God as many Muslims are to Allah how much more could we impact the world for Christ?
Brother Andrew's book God's Smuggler informed the western Christians of what was taking place "behind the iron curtain" of the communist lands. Over ten million copies of this book have been sold over the past decades. Another book he has written is entitled For the Love Of My Brothers (Bethany House Publishers 1998)
There are many fascinating stories in Light Force; however, I can't do them justice. Read this book for yourself and be encouraged!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Beginning to See the LIGHT 5 Aug. 2005
By Serene"Queen"Irene - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An evangelical holding to a dispensational eschatology for most of my Christian life, I "consider the source" when I hear criticism of any kind towards Israel--apple of God's eye--and I invariably consider that source "antisemitic" or "Biblically illiterate."

It just isn't possible to apply either of those labels to God's Smuggler! Without attacking anyone's end-times theology, Brother Andrew opens our eyes to suffering on *both* sides of the Middle Eastern conflict. I was moved to pray when I heard the almost daily reports of suicide bombs before I read the book, but now, my prayers are more intelligent, and they are supplications *with* thanksgiving: thankyou for musalaha, thankyou for the Cross, to which Jesus Christ calls us all as brothers.

A *most* important book! Oh that every church library in the world had a copy donated to it, especially since Open Doors benefits from the proceeds.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Rarely Seen (Yet Significant) Side to the Middle East Situation 7 May 2006
By W. Terry Whalin - Published on
Format: Paperback
In our newspapers, we tend to read a great deal about the Jewish people and the Muslim people--but what about the 15 million Christians who are caught in the crossfire of the Middle East? It's a story the media doesn't often explain. Brother Andrew with the excellent writing of Al Janssen tells a riveting story of the Middle Eastern Church. The faces become more than names but memorable people whose stories will burn into your hearts and minds.

I was very moved to read this paragraph in the book, "The Church was the only hope for the Middle East, not because she had a better program or more political insight. She didn't. What she had was a way to bring people from both sides together based on the work of one Man whose birth two thousand years ago would be celebrated in a few days. His light still shone through believers here in the Holy Land. Many didn't understand the light. Many covered their eyes and refused to acknowledge the light. Others attacked the light and tried to put it out. But surely there are those who realized the bankruptcy of a peace process that had brought no peace for fifty years. For those who were willing, they could see the answer--Palestinians and Jews meeting at the foot of the cross." (p. 313)

I highly recommend Light Force. It is excellent.
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