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Safely Home

Narrated by: Steve Sever
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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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Excellent, thought-provoking.

If you are a follower of Christ, this is a must-read. It will challenge you to take a step back and examine your own life, values, goals, and westernized point of view and bring it into contrast with those of a culture of persecuted Christians. This book answers the question, what do you sacrifice of real Christianity when it costs you almost nothing to be one? Are we living our lives in corporate America in uniformity with the rest of the unbelieving world, or do we make sacrifices and radical choices because we know that this world is not all that there is? When examining the poor Chinese Christian, who had the potential to become a renowned college professor and to become wealthy and successful, yet chose to live in poverty four hours from the city in a run-down house, it dawned on me that to this man, this was no sacrifice, because he knew that this world was not the only one that mattered. Rather, he was deferring his pleasure, biding his time, temporarily sacrificing his dream of building a lovely home for his family to live in, for the hope of a much better one in the world to come. He chose affliction and faithfulness rather than prosperity and dishonor to his God, and we ought to do the same. We are not, in the West, often asked to give up our careers, or thrown in prison for our faith, or beaten publicly, or anything like this, so why do we not stand more firmly? Why are we afraid of such comparatively small “persecutions”? Why are we so unwilling to make sacrifices such as our dreams of building our own beautiful house, or owning a new car, or retiring with a million dollars in the bank, when we flatter ourselves that if we had real persecution we would stand strong? If we are unwilling to sacrifice such small things, how can we expect that we would sacrifice the big things?

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Must Read

This is one of my most favorite books of all time. Make sure you have tissue.

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Loved it!

An enboldening piece of Christian fiction. Perfect for those who need a little push in their faith to gain some perspective on what some Christians must endure.

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  • AJ
  • United States
  • 03-13-19

Incredible Book!

The story is timeless. Yes, the persecution of Christians still goes on, not only in China where this book is set, but also in America.. :-( Walk closely with the Lord, and don't be ashamed! Great narrator, music and special effects! :-) This was my third time listening to this book. Enjoy!