Friday, February 19, 2016

An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller

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An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World
by Brian C. Stiller

ISBN-13: 9780764217272
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Cutting ourselves off from Christians around the world is not an option. In many countries, the rise of persecution fuels concern over the safety and rights of believers, while other nations that used to be closed to the Gospel are seeing unprecedented numbers of conversions to Christianity. As global ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, what Dr. Brian Stiller experiences on the ground in these nations is often counter to our impressions.

An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World includes country-specific insights calling us to a deeper understanding of the Christian church and witness. Each chapter also provides prayer challenges that come from believers in the country as well as maps and sample prayers. Nations from every continent are included. Take part in God's work by praying for the real needs of your brothers and sisters around the world.

My Review:
An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World described 41 countries and 11 ministries and suggested specific prayer needs for each. The selected countries are places the author has been during his work with the World Evangelical Alliance. Each section started with some information about the country's history and such. The author then described what he encountered when he visited (which wasn't always recent), specific groups at work or God's work in general in the country, or further details about a defining moment in that country's history. He ended each section with a Bible verse, items for prayer, and a suggested prayer.

This book can be used alone or with a small group. If you're not familiar with the challenges that Christians face in other countries, this book provides a good overview without overwhelming a person with too many countries.

The countries covered are: Somalia, South Africa, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Albania, Romania, China, Syria, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Japan, Egypt, Rwanda, South Korea, Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Laos, Lebanon, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Malaysia, Kenya, South Sudan, Greece, Burma/Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Palestine, Czech Republic, Philippines, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.

The ministries or topics that get their own section are: World Vision, Prison Ministry, Bishop John, Evangelist Nick, World Prayer Movement, Persecution and Martyrdom, The Pope, Muslims, Community of Sant'Egidio, International Prison Fellowship, Mexican Prisons.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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