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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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on 30 August 2010
This book should be seen by more christians. I loaned it to a friend now she is buying it It has something new and exciting for evangelising among the most primitive peoples God has been there long before preparing the ground
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on 18 March 2010
A deep and indipendent reading, been suggested by someone that does not share much of acceptance but a lot of belief.I really enjoy the parallels of totally different cultures and people believing in one item so naturally.
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on 26 May 2014
I have given this a five star because I'm a missionary ! The examples quoted here are of tribes and peoples who seem to be waiting for the Gospel to come to them. As if the title is true ... Eternity is in their hearts and they are only waiting for someone to have the courage to go and tell them. The examples are extremely moving ... If you're interested in missions as a missionary or as a supporter or as an intercessor ; you NEED to read this book !
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on 3 January 2013
Brilliant .
God has been moving in the lives of many different people and eras without and inspite of man's help. I will always remember the tribe who were expecting white men to show up and speak to them by a certain tree, and reprimanded the eventual messengers that they were late showing up, by a matter of years!
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VINE VOICEon 22 January 2014
This is a tremendous account and study of the ways God has revealed Himself to many and various peoples across the world, laying a foundation for the declaration of Christian Faith in later generations.
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