Hello Reader Friends! Today, we bring you reviews by David Telbat on two favorite Christian books he’s read. For your convenience, you’ll find links to where you can find the books for sale as well.
Peace Child by Don Richardson
Book Review by D.I. Telbat
This review was first published on Goodreads.
Peace Child is the exciting true story of Don Richardson, the first missionary to the cannibalistic Sawi tribes of New Guinea. After an education at Prairie Bible Institute in Canada, Don and his wife Carol entered the primitive jungle atmosphere by dugout canoe, and began their ministry for Jesus Christ to the curious Sawi people.
Or were the Sawi tribes merely fattening Don, Carol, and their infant child for a final meal? Regardless of the manifold risks, Don was the first to break the Sawi language barrier through other tribal interpreters. As natives flocked to his remote homestead, he began to translate the Scriptures into the first-ever written Sawi alphabet.
But Don’s work was ever tainted by the backdrop of ritualistic treachery and violence. Tribal and inter-familial conflict surrounded the Richardson family. For them and the missionaries who followed for the next thirty years—an average of one life per day would be saved due to modern medicine and the spread of the ultimate Peace Child, Jesus Christ.
The first third of this book reads like a cannibal warrior novel—a true inside glimpse of what Don and Carol were up against.
Whether you’re called to reach foreign peoples or the family down the street, I feel that this book should be read by every Christian.
I give this inspiring story a five star rating, and I’ve already begun to employ certain concepts of a mission church into my own ministry.
NOTE: David Telbat’s novel The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark was partially inspired by this novel by Don Richardson. Check it out!
How to Pray by R.A. Torrey
Book Review by D.I. Telbat
This review was first posted to Goodreads.
This book, How to Pray by R.A. Torrey, has transformed the way I pray. My eyes were opened in the first chapter to truths I hadn’t seen in such light, particularly the necessity of prayer. I took more notes and quotes from this book than I ever have from any other 100-page book.
Torrey teaches Christians how to pray with the simple principles set for us in God’s Word. Instead of building on the same principles, I noticed how he moved horizontally to cover other aspects of this life-transforming attitude—for prayer is more an attitude than an action.
The last two chapters are dedicated to the idea of each believer needing a prayer revival. We need to set aside time for God not out of tradition, but because we are passionate for Him. When we see the power of prayer as we pray God’s Word, we’ll be hard-pressed to stop praying.
I am more thrilled about my daily prayer time than I’ve ever been, and I attribute that to God guiding me to this book, which merely pointed me back to God. Prayer is more meaningful to God and us than I knew, and for this reason, I highly recommend this book. Pray with me! God hears!
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