on 18 April 2000
Don Richardson's first-hand experiences and the stories of others on relating spirituality in a multi-cultural context is like opening a "hole in the wall" to meaningful and neighborly communication. In the spirit of the biblical apostle, Paul, speaking to a diverse group about his beliefs about man and God, Richardson highlights the rich cultural possibilities to effective communication with people of divergent histories, values, and traditions. Richardson has had two delightful books on the Reader's Digest Book of the Month Club list - this book is a page turner too!
on 21 August 1998
This book is informative, interesting, and caused me to reconsider my view of the world. Don Richardson recounts historical events and personal experiences in such a way that you see the activities of God through history. If you have ever asked the question - 'What about all the people in the world who have never heard about God?' - then read this book.
on 17 March 1998
Former Papua New Guinea missionary Don Richardson believes that as God has prepared the gospel for all peoples, so he has prepared all peoples for the gospel. This book examines the examples Richardson has found around the globe of people whose cultural background had prepared them to openly receive the gospel, and suggests that all people have a sense of God's existence. The title of the book comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 which suggests the same thing, that God has 'placed eternity' in people's hearts, so that they will seek Him. While I accept some of Richardson's conclusions with a grain of salt, I think he has done a fine job of researching the matter and providing a catalyst for discussion of this intriguing proposition.
on 6 January 2003
Don Richardson has produced a very valuable survey of topics that are common to various world religions and cultures, thus making it easier to appreciate the universality of certain truths, and giving cultural keys to the spread of the Christian Gospel.
on 5 July 2012
An amazing book , very readable and wonderfully informative. Don Richardson, a Christian anthropologist takes us on a fantastic voyage through time and cultures to show how God has prepared the hearts of so many people groups to accept and acknowledge the one true God. The story of the mass conversion of the Karen, The Kachin , Lahu peoples in Burma - people whose hearts had been prepared by God through belief that a white brother would bring them a book which would reveal His Truth, is particularly moving; especially in the light of the persecution and hardshps they have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of the illegal Burmese military junta; in part because of their faith.
This is a book to re-affirm faith in a God who opens his arms to all peoples.