Wednesday, 23 March 2011
'Peace Child' by Don Richardson
I've just finished reading Don Richardson's excellent book 'Peace Child':I've also posted two short videos about it above to whet your appetite! It is a truly 'unputdownable' book, one of the best I've read in a long time and I guarantee you'll not be disappointed if you decide to read it. 'Peace Child' is inspiring in that it shows us how God was already at work when Don, along with his wife decided to obey God's call to bring the Good News to the Swasi tribe of New Guinea. Not only did the tribe speak in an unwritten language,they were also head hunters and cannibals to boot.One reviewer from Amazon writing about the book states:
Talk about living on the edge, Don Richardson, his newlywed wife Carol and seven-month old son Stephen step from the 20th century into a stone-age cannabilistic cultural with gruesome and horrific practices. This book reads like the true adventure it is, starting with the narration of life, death, betrayal, parties where the honored guests become the special of the day. Enter this family of three into the midst of suspicious cannibals bringing three rival factions together each vying jealously for the knifes, steel axes, matches, machetes, mirrors and medicine, you get a powder keg with small to large explosions daily. Imagine living in a grass hut with your wife and baby huddled inside while fierce warriors and arrows fly throughout the sky. Imagine facing an entire clan beating and burning a man that the sorceress has declared to be a soul-less zombie and praying him back to life, only by a miracle of God. These and other adventures show what it's really like to walk by faith, trusting only God to protect you, and doing His will to win people to Christ. There are many hair-prickling turns in this story, leaving you at the edge of your seat, wondering if it'll all end in disaster. But the glory of the Lord is that He had left Himself a witness in the strange custom of the "Peace Child" that Richardson was able to use to point to the Perfect Peace Child, the Son of God, Prince of Peace, to bring the Sawi tribe to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. Truly awe inspiring. I am now reading the sequel "Lords of the Earth".
After writing this post I had lunch with Pastor Don Palmer, an old school friend from my 'Sullivan' days. It turned out that this Don studied at a Bible College in Canada with Don Richardson's son and had even met the great missionary himself. It's a small world!
I've been so impressed with 'Peace Child' that I've also started to read his second book 'Eternity in their hearts' which I hope will inspire me to find keys into reaching more of our local 'tribes' with the message of hope!
Check out Don Richardson's website at http://www.donrichardsonbooksales.com/