Rescue and Redeem

Rescue and Redeem: Chronicles of the Modern Church
History Lives, Vol. 5
by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Christian Focus Publications, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781845504335

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Publisher Description: Let history come to life – just the way it should.  As the modern world exploded with rapid changes – in transportation, in communication, in manufacturing – people around the globe faced overwhelming new challenges.  As Christians arrived for the first time in other countries, they realized that being a Christian was about living out the gospel in every culture.  And they realized that great injustice was everywhere!  So they met the challenges of modern life with new ways of communicating Christ’s ancient gospel.  From Niijima Jo and Pandita Ramabai to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Janani Luwum, they set out to rescue God’s global people and redeem them to new life in Christ.

Read the stories of the Japanese samurai who traded his sword for a Bible and the Hawaiian princess whose faith strengthened her to defend her nation.  Discover the German and Ugandan pastors who stood up to murderous dictators.  Get to know the teacher in India who rescued child widows and the writer in Britain who created a world in a wardrobe.

Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as modern Bible translation, living the Golden Rule, new developments in missions, and big moments in modern Christianity.

This is the fifth book in a series which covers the history of the Christian church through its people and key events.  They are written with 9-14 years olds in mind but the modern, relaxed and enthusiastic style is infectious.

Contents: This volume spans the years from 1860 through tomorrow!  Chapters highlight the lives of Niijima Jo; Hudson and Maria Taylor; Dwight Moody and Ira Sankey; Robert Thomas, John Ross, and Samuel Moffett; Pandita Ramabai; Princess Kai’iulani; Marianna Slocum; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; C.S. Lewis; and Janani Luwum. Additional background features include: Modern Church Timeline; What is the Modern Church?; Missions in a Modern World; Living the Golden Rule; The Bible in New Words; Big Moments in Modern Christianity; Other Modern Christians; and The Future Lives.

On the cover: Indian educator and social activist Pandita Ramabai is pictured with her daughter Manoramabai at her Sharada Sadan, the school and rescue center she founded in Pune, Maharashtra, for child widows.