Book by Voice of the Martyrs
By JESS WHITE
1 Peter 4:14 declares the promise, “If you are reproached for the Name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…” As I read this book, I could see that blessing being fulfilled in the lives of these eight women. This book gripped my heart as I read the stories of Adel, Purnima, Aida, Sabina, Tara, Ling, Gladys, and Mai. Each of them endured incredible trials, going through situations that I have never come close to facing. Yet, I was struck with how they also dealt with questions that each of us face. How do I boldly witness to those around me? How do I show forgiveness to those who have hurt me? And, how do I rely on Christ’s strength in the difficult situations so that I don’t wallow in self-pity, but rather focus on showing His love to others?
As they shared their stories and answered these questions, my soul was filled with wonder at how Christ was glorified in their lives. I was filled with love for these sisters in Christ, and also filled with a longing to be like them. Though the challenges I face are minuscule compared to these women’s lives, their stories encouraged me to grow in thanksgiving towards the small trials that come my way. I trust that by reading this book, you will be pressed to prayer for our brothers and sisters facing persecution, as well as be strengthened in your own walk with Christ.
*Note: This book gives detailed descriptions of some of the afflictions these women endured. I would recommend younger girls talk things over with their parents before reading to make sure it is appropriate for their maturity level.