Few books have challenged my understanding of what it means to serve God as Nik Ripken’s book, The Insanity of God. He and his family- at significant personal cost- experienced a faith shattering journey that needs to be read by every follower of Jesus. The accounts of believers across the world who have gladly suffered for the privilege of following Jesus has shaken my complacency and my tendency to accommodate the gospel in order to ‘fit’ in the community I serve.
Nik’s own journey in one of the most God-forsaken places on earth- Somalia in the early and mid-1990’s- is worth the price of the book. The second half of the book as Nik recounts the stories of believers across the world who have suffered for the privilege of knowing and sharing Jesus is compelling reading. To listen in on the joy and peace that people have experienced in some of the worst conditions imaginable challenged me to rethink the ‘hard’ places in my own life.
If you need something to rekindle your enthusiasm for following Jesus- READ THIS BOOK! IF you are content with what God is doing in your life-READ THIS BOOK!