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All Christian disciples have one thing in common: As they carry the Gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.

The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls listeners to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you - and prepares you - to cross the street and the oceans with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Some of Jesus' instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by his declaration, "I am sending you out." But how are we to respond when he then tells us that he is sending us out "like sheep among wolves"? In light of the words of Jesus, how can modern-day believers rest comfortably in the status quo? How can we embrace casual faith in light of the radical commands of Jesus, which are anything but casual?

Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to roll up your sleeves...and to follow and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on this planet.

"We have the high privilege of answering Jesus' call to go," Ripken says. "But let us be clear about this: We go on his terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves." Jesus gives us himself. And he gives us the tools necessary for those who dare to journey with him.

©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian

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More than rocks the boat!

This book's precursor, Insanity of God, rocked the boat, but Insanity of Obedience threw me out of it.

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Life changing

Your life will be enriched and radically changed by the truth told in this book. A must read for everyone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus.

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  • Paula
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  • 02-21-18

Eye opening description of follower of Jesus

It is good, though hard to hear, the persecution that followers of Jesus have been through, and how God got them through it so that 1,000s accepted and followed Jesus.

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A great lesson for believers

We all get focused on our own world & tend to think that everywhere is like our little world. How untrue what a great experience seeing into the world of those that have not heard the gospel

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Challenged me greatly!

I loved this book, but it was painful to read because it showed how short I come from being a dedicated disciple of Jesus.
It is a must read for any person interested in missions and discipleship.

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Every Christian MUST read this book!!

Yes. It is that powerful!!!!!! How to live with a eternal perspective. Are we willing to die for our faith? Do you care about being "safe"? Does it matter? Before reading this book, you must first read the Insanity of God! Both books are on my top 5. If you have a passion for the Muslim world, you must read both books!

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Eye opening!

Every believer in Jesus should take the time to read, or listen to this as well as the author's other book.
I just recommended it yo you, seriously.

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Tough to get through but some good content

Being honest, this book was tough to complete. I loved the narration and you can pick out some good content, but it was very repetitive and sort of...dry? I expected something compelling, maybe convicting, but it felt more like a how-to book. The few good stories used to illustrate points I had already read in Nik's other books. Good for Pastor's or current overseas workers.

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challenging and important read.

I learned much about faith as an MBB, faith can always choose to share, how God uses persecution, how missionaries can cause more problems and how to better disciple. I learned how to apply it to my life here. it's making a difference in my life.

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Obedience may be insanity

Obedience in sharing our faith is always an option that can't be taken away from Christians. It may appear to be insane but it is the right choice according to this author. There will be consequences but it is always still an option. I was stretched by this book and am glad for that. I liked the reader for this as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

Good book -

Not your normal book, will make you consider many biblical concepts - challenging our western thinking. Worth listening to.