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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piquant Editions (3 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903689570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903689578
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This second volume in the 'Fire & Blood' series of books tells the story of the church in Henan province in China. Henan is a key agricultural province with a long history going back 3,500 years. It is considered by Chinese people to be 'the cradle of civilization'. Not only is Henan the most populous province in China, with almost 100 million people, but is also has the largest number of Christians and is the centre of the greatest and most sustained revival of Christianity, which has lasted more than 30 years. Some house-church leaders in Henan have nicknamed their province 'the Galilee of China'. In this volume you can read how God has chosen the simple, rough, rural Christians of Henan to glorify His name throughout China, for the spectacular growth of the church in Henan is without equal. At the same time, that growth has severe persecution. You will be inspired by the stories of a purified, bold and uncompromising body of believers, who are at the forefront of efforts to evangelize other parts of their country.

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Henan - The Galilee of China by Paul Hattaway (2009) is Volume 2 in the Fire & Blood series out of a projected 11 volumes. The book is 353 pages long. It is split into five parts with 37 chapters, plus appendices that include: How many Christian are there in China? and, summary figures, maps and tables, ending in the bibliography. On the inside front cover is a map of Henan with a map of China, surrounding countries and China's provinces with Henan highlighted for ease of location.

The book is a VERY good read and goes into good detail about the Province of Henan (formerly known as Honan), its history, population, Christian missionaries (Catholics and Protestant under separate chapters) as well as persecution and other interesting pieces of information, from beginning to present.

The chapters on Jonathan Goforth and Marie Monsen - both revivalists were very good as were the chapters of the Three-Self Church and the chapter on Cults and the various House-Churches. Chapters 24-26 were a year-by-year account from 1980-2008 of the most prominent features - from revival to persecutions. Persecution of the Christians ebbed and flowed, but to read about extreme beatings and torture, some of which happened just a few years ago (and still does) is hard. There are a few picture of actual Christian's being tortured - the sadistic police guards posed as they performed their evil deeds in an attempt to promote themselves! However, the author states that much that has happened to the believers could not be written as it was too disgusting and vile. On a positive notes the brethren have seen mnay signs and wonders to the glory of God, including healings and people being raised from the dead and fellow inmates conversions - the greatest miracle of all.
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This book is full of challenges, both by what people have achieved and what still remains to be achieved. Suffering is always difficult to read, and the mix of emotions is very strong, but always the central message brings hope.
Incredible capture of history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 20 Jan. 2015
By Robert D. Thonney - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB book of Christianity in Henan till the present day 27 Dec. 2012
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Henan - The Galilee of China by Paul Hattaway (2009) is Volume 2 in the Fire & Blood series out of a projected 11 volumes. The book is 353 pages long. It is split into five parts with 37 chapters, plus appendices that include: How many Christian are there in China? and, summary figures, maps and tables, ending in the bibliography. On the inside front cover is a map of Henan with a map of China, surrounding countries and China's provinces with Henan highlighted for ease of location.

The book is a VERY good read and goes into good detail about the Province of Henan (formerly known as Honan), its history, population, Christian missionaries (Catholics and Protestant under separate chapters) as well as persecution and other interesting pieces of information, from beginning to present.

The chapters on Jonathan Goforth and Marie Monsen - both revivalists were very good as were the chapters of the Three-Self Church and the chapter on Cults and the various House-Churches. Chapters 24-26 were a year-by-year account from 1980-2008 of the most prominent features - from revival to persecutions. Persecution of the Christians ebbed and flowed, but to read about extreme beatings and torture, some of which happened just a few years ago (and still does) is hard. There are a few picture of actual Christian's being tortured - the sadistic police guards posed as they performed their evil deeds in an attempt to promote themselves! However, the author states that much that has happened to the believers could not be written as it was too disgusting and vile. On a positive notes the brethren have seen mnay signs and wonders to the glory of God, including healings and people being raised from the dead and fellow inmates conversions - the greatest miracle of all.

From the late 90s, different high profile western people travelled to China and were taken in by what they saw as they visited state run churches etc. and were told what they wanted to hear. These statements are reproduced within this book, as are the house church responses. They read in quite a contrast.

All-in-all the book is an excellent read, good length chapters, not too long or short, lots of pictures, many maps, statistics, facts, eyes witness account, testimonies, interviews alongside more than 1,000 footnotes/sources of info. The book is historical, educational, informative, thoughtful, challenging, encouraging and distressing in parts though superbly written with much balance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stories of conversions, persecution, redemption, and growth! 23 Feb. 2010
By Jean-Paul A. HELDT - Published on Amazon.com
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Hattaway, Paul, Henan: The Galilee of China (Fire & Blood Series): The story of the Church in China: Volume 2. Carlisle, UK: Piquant editions; distributed in North America by William Carey University, [...].
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I just finished reading this great book about the Church in Henan [it took me three full weeks, when i normally read three regular books within one week]. A must read [and valuable resource] for anyone engaged [or formerly engaged] in teaching in that part of the world.

Hattaway narrates back-to-back amazing stories of conversions, miraculous healing, persecution, redemption, and growth, in an environment that is entirely hostile to the gospel! In this volume [#2], Hattaway gives the reader an all-encompassing synopsis of Christianity in the most populous province in China, including a history and current status of, 1) the Catholic church [Chapters 3-5], 2) Protestant missions [Chapters 6-16], the official, government sanctioned, Three-Self church [Chapters 19-21], and finally the enigmatic, elusive, and often misunderstood, house churches [Chapters 22-37]. The narrative is extremely well documented, with no less than 1032 footnotes. Obviously, Hattaway has done his ground-breaking research, and has obtained much of his information through many firsthand, face-to-face, interviews. Can't wait until Hattaway's volume # 9 [The Church in Central China] comes out in print.

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NOTE: Should you have any comment(s) and/or suggestion(s) about this review, I can be reached via email at [...]. I look forward to hearing from you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Henan's Martyrs 18 May 2015
By Puffindoc - Published on Amazon.com
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I sent this book to my friend who knows the oppression that Christians have faced in China. I know its value because I have read another book in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars China and the Gospel 19 April 2016
By TUR - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating series on China and the Gospel.
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