He helps us see how these stories connect with our own lives, whether through his introductions or the three discussion questions that close each chapter. And that makes us realize that we too are saints-in-training, called to stand up for our faith under fire, even if just in the very small ways that present themselves in everyday life. Jul 17, Beth rated it really liked it. In a relatively short book Faith Under Fire, Matthew Archbold shares 18 stories of men, women and children standing up against the odds for their Christian beliefs. Through these stories, Archbold shows that even faced with censure, loss of jobs, prison or even death, these individuals triumphed.
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Each story is preceded by a selection from the Bible and followed by a series of questions for reflection or discussion. In times like we are facing now, these serve as a reminder that Christian persecu In a relatively short book Faith Under Fire, Matthew Archbold shares 18 stories of men, women and children standing up against the odds for their Christian beliefs.
In times like we are facing now, these serve as a reminder that Christian persecution is not new, and that others have stood strong in their beliefs. The question now is can we be as strong in our beliefs and faith as they have been. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Franciscan Media in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Some of the stories were good but some were just mediocre. Sep 28, Patrice Fagnant-macarthur rated it it was amazing. What would you do if your Christian faith was put to the test in dramatic fashion?
Each What would you do if your Christian faith was put to the test in dramatic fashion? Each chapter is introduced by a quote from Scripture, contains one profile, and includes discussion questions suitable for private reflection or use in a group setting. Each chapter can stand alone as a moving testimony to the power of faith.
Archbold invites readers into each of these profiles, setting the scene, providing backstory, and then centering on the individual s making positive choices in the face of pain and evil. The stories are powerful and heart-wrenching.
Read them with a box of tissues nearby. Those of us who read it can only hope and pray that if put to the test in such a fashion, we would respond with the same inspiring level of courage and love. Aug 22, Cindy rated it it was amazing. Messages of hope are gifts from the Lord. And when told in the form of a real life story, the impact is even greater. Archbold writes as if he is sitting in your living room, telling the kind of story that draws people overhearing them, in from the other rooms.
This book is full of powerful stories of courage…. How have I been challenged to stay faithful? How can I be a witness to Messages of hope are gifts from the Lord. How can I be a witness to Christ?
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Most of us will not likely be asked to give to the extreme that most of these people have. Our tasks are more ordinary, our encounters more subtle.
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But more and more we are being confronted. The line is being drawn in the sand. Do I really believe what I say I do? Does that really affect my speech and deeds? From stories of war to stories of career challenges, the drama comes down to one thing- faith. Looking for inspiration? Looking to draw strength from others in the conviction of faith?
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Pick up Faith Under Fire, and be moved to pick up your daily cross, and follow Jesus to the hope and joy of the Resurrection! Nov 19, Barb rated it it was amazing. A timely look at modern Christians who spent their lives and in some cases gave their lives doing what they knew to be right, even if they were dismissed, hated or persecuted for it. This book would be an excellent Confirmation gift and will appeal to readers in high school and up.
Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make i A timely look at modern Christians who spent their lives and in some cases gave their lives doing what they knew to be right, even if they were dismissed, hated or persecuted for it. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make it perfect for study groups.
The mini-biographies in this book are classified according to virtue: forgiveness, loving strangers, trusting God, self-sacrifice and courage. Sep 18, Theresa Smith rated it it was amazing. Very inspiring stories, ones that need to be told. We're in a real spiritual war and we must be ready to arm ourselves. Dayne rated it really liked it Feb 11, Nancy rated it really liked it Apr 20, Regina Peterson rated it really liked it Oct 15, Maureen rated it really liked it Aug 24, Muriel Riel rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Pat rated it really liked it Apr 02, Mary Ellen rated it it was amazing Jun 26, Gregory Horwitz rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Kristi rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Anne marked it as to-read Jul 25, Josephine marked it as to-read Aug 02, Leslie Kuhlman marked it as to-read Aug 22, Marie Geisel marked it as to-read Aug 31, Cyndi Baker marked it as to-read Sep 06, Kelsey marked it as to-read Oct 22, Carolyn marked it as to-read Nov 01, J marked it as to-read Nov 10, Kammiesue marked it as to-read Nov 17, Rochelle Reding marked it as to-read Dec 18, Philip Dinovo, Sr.
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