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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book full of Chinese Christian History and Facts, 27 Dec 2012
This review is from: China's Book of Martyrs (Fire & Blood) (Paperback)
China's Book of Martyrs - The `Fire & Blood' Series, Volume 1 by Paul Hattaway, 2007 is a big book at 656 pages long! The contents pages are 7 pages long with the book split into 7 sections. There is a good time line of Chinese history, 3 forewords, an introduction to the book, a page on `what is a martyr?', followed by a `Biblical view of persecution,' list of abbreviations and then the book contents begins!

The book is great, amazing history of Christianity in China from its beginnings in 635AD with many interesting facts and figures, 100s of pictures / photos which are woven into the compendium of mini-biographies and short true stories of those who were martyred (and groups who were massacred) for the Christian faith. Many of the facts are very disturbing, especially in relation to the devilish and demoniac Boxers who murdered millions during the summer 1899 - January 1901, followed by the 100,000 lawless Bandits from 1902 to 1948, followed by the Communist regime.

What shines through is `grace upon grace' upon the lives of radiant Christian who would not recant, deny the faith nor worship idols in the face of instant or long and torturous barbarities, of both nationals and missionaries. There are some amazing acts of heroism as well as some absolutely disgusting eyewitness accounts of persecution, torture and murder in which Jesus Christ reigned supreme and the blood of the saints was poured out for the land of China. The book is very good on many levels, but as already expressed hard to read in places, because of the extreme tortures, however many are not so detailed or continuous as compared to early editions of `Foxes Book of Martyrs.' However, some accounts are most detailed and graphic in nature, albeit brief in their eye-witness accounts.

The book by telling the live and recalling the events of Christian History on serves to enrich our experience in Christ, but also throws up many interesting and complex theological situations, Especially in relation to death, martyrdom, suicide, rape, defending oneself, turning the other cheek etc. which can be the complete opposite from one person to the next, yet within this book they all were martyred for their faith in Christ. Some died because of the affliction they endured, mental anxiety, starvation or from the shock and horrors of what they witnessed, and some expired whilst fleeing for their lives.
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