In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology.
The peace child became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and a social revolution from within.
With an epilogue updating how the gospel has impacted the Sawi people, Peace Child will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.
©2007 Don Richardson; (P)2008 christianaudio.com
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. If you would like to hear a first-hand account from what it is like to be a Christian missionary to a jungle people who may kill you, this is it.
At times it tells the story from the viewpoint of the Sawi people, how they interpreted the world around them, and what the arrival of the missionaries meant to them. It is told in a way in which you can understand their amazement. At other times the missionaries relate their thoughts about their experiences -- their understanding of God's calling for them to preach the Gospel to these people, their love of the Sawi people, the challenges of communication, the personal danger to their family, and the wonderment of how God would eventually work out His purpose through an amazing turn of events.
I was especially amazed at the redemptive analogies the missionaries discovered in the Sawi culture that turned out to be the key to their acceptance of the Gospel message. How do you witness to a people who hold up treachery as an ideal, who "fatten friends for slaughter", and consider Judas to be a hero? Read it and find out.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job. His voice is clear and authoritative, and he didn't stumble on any of the difficult Sawi language terms that were included in the book. At least, not that I could tell!
I highly recommend this book. It will be one that I will listen again.
I read Peace Child about 35 years ago and when I stumbled upon it on Kindle, I knew I had to read it again. It is a profound tale of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to tear down hatred and violence through love and truth. The early chapters were a little slow for my taste but as the story gains traction I found it hard to stop. I highly recommend it as a take of inspiration, fortitude and faith.
This story is the best I have read for a good long while. I hope it can bring as much joy to your heart as it has mine.
This book is as fascinating & compelling to listen to as it was to read for the first time some 25 years ago. The narrator does an excellent job.
An encouraging story for all of us who struggle with sharing the gospel due to fear or shame or lack of knowing how to even start. If God calls, He also equips. And He goes before us to prepare the way. We just have to be willing to go in faith. May He embolden us all for His glory.
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