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Here is a soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after 20 years. One is living life apart from God, in comfortable corporate America; the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China. This challenging book will convince readers to live in the light of eternity.
©2003 Randy Alcorn (P)2003 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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Will this be the day that I die?

This book is excellent, and like all excellent books it is worth listening to, or reading, again. The narrator, or narrators, do an excellent job with different voices for the characters. This book left me with two major impressions:

One was the importance of laying up treasures in heaven instead of worrying about earthly treasures. The other impression this book left me with was the possiblity that if I die of a heart attack, cancer, accident, etc. that I might actually question God, why I was not so fortunate as to have the opportunity to be be put to death for my faith in Him.

I thought this book was purely fiction, but my minister said that it is based on a true story.

This is among the best books I have ever listened to or read - it does a superb job of showing how to live our earthly life with an eternal perspective.

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  • Timothy
  • Blue Island, IL, USA
  • 06-17-08

Challenging and Powerful

This fictional book intertwining the lives of an American businessman and his old college roommate in China is a powerful story that will challenge the status quo of American materialism and Christianity. It leaves the Christian reader with a hunger, yearning, and exciting for our true home.

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Think about it!

Honey do you know where the remote control is?...we live a pampered life. Our concerns are often inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Safely home provides a window through which you can see circumstances from a different perspective, one that will let you vicariously experience a life with a different foundation.

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My favorite book

This is one of the most meaningful books I have ever read. It is inspiring and challenging. I have actually offered $20 to any student in our school who would read it and meet with me to discuss it. It was used to encourage one couple to go to China to serve in missionary endeavor.

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Eye Opener

I loved this story. So many people dying for what and who they believe in. It makes me realize the freedoms that we have and the things we take for granted.

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  • Yvonne
  • modesto, CA, USA
  • 10-26-08

Safely Home

This story starts off slow and then captivates you with moral twists and turns. You really get a feel for the perscuted Christians in China.

Alcorn does a great job of weaving in truths and apologetic and chinese Chistian proverbs.
My favorite proverb in the the book is: " Real gold fears no fire."

Set back and step into the lives of to college friends that impact each other in very different ways and differently at various seasons of their lives.

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life changing

I was profoundly influenced by this wonderful story. It opens our eyes to eternal values and shows the connection of things happening on earth with Heaven. life changing book.

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Great read!

Loved the story line and how the author developed each character. Reminiscent of early days of missionaries in China. al la Pearl S Buck's description of China in the 40's & 50's.

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All-time Favorite!

This Book is so well written! There are twists and turns and interesting surprises in this book. It helps the reader understand the underground church in China yet there is an American main character.I love the metaphors and irony in this novel. I read it 10 years ago and now I am reading it again. It makes me rethink everything in my life, and that is a good thing.

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Do you support torture and murder?

What did you love best about Safely Home?

Beautifully written, understated story of faith. I have read many stories of great heroes of the Christian faith - and expected this to fit nicely into those norms. I wasn't even sure I wanted to read "another one." This book threw those perceptions out the window. It wasn't "preaching" like a scholar to the average citizens of the world - it was one man, living his faith, with no false delusions and helping his friend to see the strength and confidence available with a deep abiding faith. Heaven is never mentioned by name, but several scenes and conversations take place there. It took me a while to figure it out, but when I did, it felt more real than any other "heaven" scene I had ever imagines or read. It was also very scriptural.

What other book might you compare Safely Home to and why?

It was haunting - and will continue to haunt me as I turn over the conversations and truths presented. I can't think of a book to compare it to - and I have been with Audible 20+ years and read constantly. It is one of a kind. Without stating or hammering on the facts, this book should bring most of us to our knees as we take stock of our own compromised values.

Have you listened to any of Steve Sever’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first tme listening to Steve Sever. I was impressed by the variety of voices, their consistency throughout the book, and his interpretations of the heavenly voices. Marvelous performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is rather short - only 5-6 hours. I usually prefer books closer to 40 hours, so that once I am vested in characters and plot I don't have to put them down. I listened to it nearly in once sitting. With about 45 minutes to go, I took a break, thought about it, took a deep breath and dove back in.

Any additional comments?

Even for non-readers, especially nominal Christians, or Christians who are desiring a deeper faith, I really recommend this book. The book was dedicated to an Australian Missionary to India, who was burned to death for his faith with his two very young sons while his wife and daughters watched. If you haven't thought about what the money you spend on products "Made in . . . " various corners of the world actually supports, this will certainly open your eyes and quite possibly, change your life.