Friday, February 8, 2008

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of his fiction and some of his non-fiction. His books have helped me change my perspective on a lot of things most importantly eternity. He takes the fear (and some of the sadness) out of death and gives the reader a longing for being united with Jesus and reunited with loved ones who have gone on ahead to their eternal rewards. Randy’s books have encouraged me to delve deeper into God and HIS Word.

About a year ago, I found the book Safely Home at the library and could barely put it down. It is a gripping story of two college friends who met in the United States. Both had the potential to become influential in their chosen fields. Twenty years later, they live a world apart in many ways, but find themselves reunited in China under disturbing circumstances.

American business executive Ben Fielding has no idea what his brilliant old college roommate is facing in China. After 20 years he expects to pick up where they left off. But when they're reunited in China, the men are shocked at what they discover about each other. The paths they've walked have shaped their lives and loyalties in radically different ways.

Thrown together in an hour of encroaching darkness, watched by unseen eyes, both must make choices that will determine not only the destinies of two men, but two families, two nations...and two worlds.

Quote from Safely Home
“One moment after men die,” Li Tong said, “they know exactly how they should have lived. But then it is too late to go back and live their lives over again. Too late for the unbeliever, in the jaws of hell. But also too late for the believer, who cannot relive his life, remake his choices, this time following his King more faithfully.”

Starting this month Randy's blog will feature a book giveaway of the month! Each month three randomly drawn winners will receive a brand new, signed copy of one of Randy's books. Go check out his blog and leave a comment for a chance to win Safely Home. If you don't win, check your local library or buy a copy from your local Christian bookstore or from Randy's website, its a book that could change your life or at least the way you think about the persecuted church and those who would be thrilled to have one page of God's Holy Word to read.

In my opinion, one of the most exciting things about this book is that the author and cover artist pledge to donate all royalties to help the persecuted church around the world. Let's all strive to do something that matters for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

*February 25, 2008 - Update*
For winners to the contest check Randy's Blog.


Anonymous said...

I'm back from Disney - thanks for visiting me while I was gone. It's slow going, but I'm beginning to make headway into a new week and a normal routine. I'll let you know tomorrow if I begin to see the light. ;)

I read this book last year - it was very good and very disturbing. Then I watched a documentary late one night on PBS about factory workers in China. It was an independent film, and the people who made it were often harassed, had footage stolen, etc... but it was a powerful documentary and worth the effort. I came away from both thinking, "I'm not buying anything that says, 'made in China' on it anymore!" but in reality that is hard to do! We don't know how blessed we are.

I've heard that Randy Alcorn's book called "Heaven" is also good... I haven't read it, but I've heard it stimulates the imagination.

Okay, I'm off to try to post now before bed. See ya!


Robin said...

Thanks Jen! Glad you had a nice trip with your family.

I'm reading another troubling book currently called, Tortured for Christ. It makes my heart hurt. I can't wait to get to chapter 7 where I can read about ways to help.

I will post about it soon - I should be done in a few days.