All over the world Christians are being persecuted. In John L. Allen Jr.’s latest release readers are taken on a trip around the world to be at the side of Christians who are experiencing brutalities beyond the imagination.
Located in a sweltering desert shipping containers housing prisoners stand as ominous witnesses to brutality. Inmates are shoved into the containers to such the extent that it is impossible to lay down; there is standing room only. When they are given no water prisoners resort to drinking their own urine and sweat. Hygiene facilities? Out of the question. Time spent outside of the containers is not much better as prisoners count grains of sand that are scattered over the ground. One woman was beaten so badly her uterus fell out of her body. Another inmate tried to push it back inside but without good results. The injured woman died without medical care. This is just one of the many horrors recounted in this stirring account of Christian persecution.
I knew when I seen The Global War on Christians it wasn’t going to be a pleasant read, but it is in my opinion one that we have needed for a long time. A blind eye has been turned to countries where persecution and violation of human rights is an everyday issue. It’s true that it is very upsetting to read and hear about, but we need to be aware of what is happening. If you are the type of person that does not care for vivid descriptions you should still be able to read this book without suffering horrendous nightmares. Mr. Allen states things as they are without going into heartrending detail (although truth be known the statistics are enough to make one sick). His research is meticulous and I would go so far as to say, unbiased. He pays tribute to both Protestants and Catholics while making sure to show a distinction between persecution that arises due to religious and non-religious stances (e.g. “unappealing” ethnic groups, reformers, or victims who were at the wrong place at the wrong time). Mr. Allen is not a sensationalist. What we have here is a must read that gives a stark account of events that are happening every day, on several continents. I find the back cover of the book very appropriate…”It’s Time to Wake Up”.
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