Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TOO MANY TO JAIL By Mark Bradley

In 1979, there were fewer than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today there are at least 100,000 believers. Church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in the next few years – such is the spiritual hunger that exists. The religious violence that accompanied the reign of President Ahmadinejad drained its perpetrators of political and religious legitimacy, and has opened the door to other faiths. This book sets the rapid church growth in Iran in the context of the deteriorating relationship between Iranians and their national religion. There is a major focus on the Ahmadinejad years, but the author also covers the history of the church before 1979, picking up on the central idea that the spark may have become buried in the ashes but has never been extinguished.
The book is careful, proportionate, well-informed and accurate. Throughout the text there will be boxes with stories of faith, persecution, and encouragement.

Mark Bradley, the author, is a researcher focusing on Middle Eastern Christianity.  

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I was blessed with this book by The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review. 

My Thoughts:
When I read the title of this book I thought that it was going to be a book about Christians who were being persecuted for their faith in Iran. Sort of like some I have read in the past that gave stories of individuals who had been persecuted, jailed, or martyred. It was nothing like that.  This book is more of a historical account of "why" there are so many Muslims converting to Christianity. It involves alot of political people and the ideas they had, as well as Iranian traditions, and how all of that has turned many Iranian people away from the Muslim religion to Christianity.

There is a lot of facts and details, and charts about the government, politics, leaders, and the church and the rise of Christianity. One of the interesting things I learned in this book is one of the reasons why many Muslims are so against Christianity. Theirs is a religion of many rules and traditions. Women are to cover themselves. But the so called Christian nations seems to live "free" of all these rules, some in blatant defiance to such things actually participating in many things the Bible even calls sin. Some of these "Christian" nations have even cause much bloodshed in the Muslim nations or nations with a minority. Even Germany.... was to them considered a Christian nation and they were involved in the Holocaust. Even though many Americans are not necessarily Christians - we are considered to be a "Christian" nation.

The GOOD news is that when they see true Christianity is about Jesus and what He has to offer, many are coming to Christ. Those in Iran who are being saved are willing to give their lives for him. The book includes accounts of home churches and people who have been willing to suffer and sacrifice for the cause of Christ. It is awesome to see how God is working in the lives of those people and we should be compelled to pray for them diligently. 

Although, this book is interesting, it may not be for all. It contains alot of detail which may be of interest to some but I myself had a little bit of a tough time with all the charts, facts, and figures. That is just not really my style. That said, don't rule out the importance of the information in this book. Our brothers and sisters in Christ need us to know what is happening behind the scenes in their country and pray for them. 

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