REVIEW: The Martyr’s Oath: Living for the Jesus They’re Willing to Die For by Johnnie Moore
This is a hard book to read. Not because of the writing style, but because the stories are so hard to hear. In this book, you read personal testimonies and stories that are unimaginable to us in the Western world. Stories like Rose from Nigeria who watched as her husband’s head and children’s heads were cut off in front of her because she and her family believed in Jesus. Or Peter from China who was put in unthinkable prison conditions because of his Christian faith. Each of the book’s 15 chapters highlights a personal testimony from around the world from someone who was a martyr for their faith.
This book is so intense and convicting that I could only read a chapter a day or even just one a week, as I let these immensely difficult stories sink in to my soul. But just because something is hard does not mean you avoid it. Actually, reading this book can challenge you and transform you and help you empathize with persecuted Christians around the world, and realize what Christians in the rest of the world endure. The author’s hope is that by the end of reading the book, you will be ready to stand with Christians around the world in harm’s way and take the Martyr’s Oath yourself, a page-long document that says that you are a follower of Jesus and are willing to give your life for Him.
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*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.