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In Search of the Source: A First Encounter with God's Word

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Compelling story of Bible translators in Papua New Guinea.
Paperback, 205 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 1992)
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Valerie Kyriosity
I am dying of the deliciousness of this book.

I'm about as fit to be a third-world missionary as I am to be a linebacker-astronaut-supermodel. But translation work makes my heart go pitter-pat, and this book provides a fascinating and glorious (and unromanticized) look at the process. The Folopa are really learning from scratch. Their cultural remoteness from the West, the ancient Hebrews, first-century Palestine, and the classical Greek world is an almost unbridgeable gap for a Bible translator.
May 29, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
Wow! What a great, fascinating, funny book on a subject that sounds so scholarly and boring. I loved it. If you have a love of words and language, you will be fascinated too. There were a few times i felt a little teary. A family goes to a little tribe in Papua , New Guinea and with much help from the people there, begin to translate the Bible into their language. I had never thought before about how difficult this job can be when you are trying to get across a concept in a culture that has no w ...more
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Sep 01, 2011 anca dc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
În limba Folopa, limbă vorbită de un grup de băştinaşi din Papua Noua Guinee, cuvîntul beté înseamnă temeiul unui lucru. Citind această carte, m-a fascinat să văd cum, pe măsură ce Neil Anderson traduce Vorba (Biblia), fiind ajutat la început de cîţiva conducători ai tribului iar mai tîrziu aproape tot tribul este prezent la „Casa Bibliei”, aceşti oameni îşi schimbă radical modul de gîndire şi de trai, trecînd efectiv de la o extremă la alta – de la canibalism şi tortură la a preţui şi păstra vi ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the search to understand and find the right language of this tribe in order to translate the bible for this remote group. It was interesting to see how you find words for something like "create" where you can't really tie to a specific action. Strictly from the aspect of developing the right language this was interesting. From the religous aspect - it never fails to amaze me how many of the bibilcal stories truly are universal and found in almost every culture. If there is inherent rig ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Romy rated it it was amazing
This story is a bit different from the other missionary stories that I've read recently in that the village that was the focus had already come to faith in Christ. Neil Anderson entered this village with the sole purpose of translating the entire Bible into their native, "heart" language. Sounds like that would make it easier, huh? Well, consider that he moved into the jungle of Papua New Guinea with his wife and two young children, having no knowledge of their language. So, not only does he hav ...more
May 06, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing

I read this book aloud to my three kids, ages 7, 9 and 12, as part of our homeschooling curriculum, and would highly, highly recommend it. It was incredibly fascinating to read the experiences of these missionaries as they learned a new language and sought to translate the Scriptures into a previously unwritten tongue.

Two parts to be aware of (which I skipped over) were 1) a portion where there is mention of physical married intimacy as it relates to the cultural understanding of a portion of S
Apr 12, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This is an interesting account of the Andersons living among the Folopa people in Papua New Guinea as they translate the New Testament into their language.

Instead of one long story, it is more of separate pieces of the story woven together. Still very inspirational. It made me think anew what the s ruptures mean seeing how this clan saw Jesus and His teachings with fresh eyes.

Mark Adams
Feb 10, 2011 Mark Adams rated it it was amazing
As a person who has studied Biblical languages and has thought about being a Bible translator overseas, this book really resonated with me. It is about Anderson's experiences in New Guinea, trying to find the right words so that the Bible could be put into the language of the people of Papua in a way that they could understand. What's amazing is to be able to see the hand of God at work in all sorts of ways during his surprising adventures. I have reread this book more than any book I've ever ow ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
I had to read this with my 5th grader for her homeschool history program. What a fantastic book about life in a completely unfamiliar culture and language! The author writes about his experience in one of many New Guinea cultures. He and his wife are missionaries for Bible translation and they choose to immerse themselves in a completely different culture, not knowing the language either. They establish friendships with the inhabitants of this 'tribe' of people. As they are living there, they be ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
An amazing account of linguistic missionaries and their experience while living in Fukutao with the Folopa people.

Their beliefs in evil spirits, appeasing spirits would be chucked off as superstition in the civilized world, but was very real to them. The Shaman controlled a lot of what they did and caused a great deal of unrest. Their demand of retribution for accidents, whether intentional or by accident can be childish.

This isn't normally a subject I find interesting, but this book was intere
May 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
Ugh.. ::sigh:: While this book stressed the hardship it is being a Bible translator in a foreign tribal cultural, it really did nothing for me. There were spelling errors throughout the book. (Where was the editor?) And a few sentences I read maybe 6 or 7 times and still had no idea what the author was trying to relay. I eventually moved on. It was a dry read and to be more honest, the author came across angry. He seemed to be frustrated and mad throughout, and while I doubt that was his intenti ...more
Not sure what motivates people to move to a primitive land to try to translate the Bible or any book, but it was a good story.
I liked the struggles with expressing Biblical concepts in a foreign language - he had a hard time explaining to the natives why giving a child a snake instead of an egg was not a good thing. They thought it was a delicacy and couldn't imagine what kind of father wouldn't share a snake with his child. You could get eggs any day, but a snake! That was something special!
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Jul 31, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A refreshing look at how scripture can be seen by those looking at it for the first time.
Kristin King
Oct 19, 2012 Kristin King rated it really liked it
This book was a real eye opener on both a tribe of former cannibals and the difficulties of building a written language where non exists that is translatable. I read this aloud with my older homeschool boys who were very interactive with questions and often incredulous about this lifestyle on the other side of the world. It is part of the Sonlight Curriculum for homeschool, and although some people shy away from it b/c of the harsher aspects of the tribe's life, I highly recommend it. Don't let ...more
May 19, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-kids
I absolutely LOVED this book. There was so much put into our hearts to think about, never quite before understanding all that goes into bible translation. This was a wonderful insight to the power of language and culture and we were enthralled. Definitely pre-read if you have a little ones, as we skipped a few parts that I wasn't ready for them to hear...but this is truly an amazing story that I highly recommend.
Mar 20, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
Interesting story of a Wycliffe missionary translating the New Testament into a local language. He shares stories of various difficulties he had expressing certain concepts in their language, how his experiences with them helped him learn how to translate, and how the Falopa culture was impacted by learning scriptural truths for the first time.
Sep 03, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
True story of missionaries living with a tribe in Papua New Guinea to translate the Bible into their indigenous language. The missionaries learn aspects of the perennial philosophy from the tribe. The tribe becomes Christian and resolves a violent feud with their neighbors.
Nov 25, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent WYcliffe publication. I loved all the comparisons and the humor above all in spite of the humidity, the lack of comfort and the backward civilization. I really enjoyed this book. I would have given it a 7/10 if i coulda
Jan 21, 2012 Mjands rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sonlight
Our favorite missionary story. We laughed, and we marveled at God's sovereignty in preparing a people to hear and accept His Truth.
"We are dying of the deliciousness of these words."
Mar 14, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
An incredible book. I learned so much about Bible translation and its inherent difficulties. The book read well. The best I've ever read in its genre. My girls loved it too.
Jun 06, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool
Highlights from the work of the Anderson's work of translating the New Testament in Papua New Guinea. I can't wait to read it again.
Jun 13, 2009 Lorena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorena by: Sunlight
Shelves: for-gabriella
Gabriella and I found this book hard to finish, it was so dry and boring at times we thought we would throw in the towel.
A clear and interesting story of how a missionary translated parts of the bible for the people of Papau New Guinea.
Aug 27, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, great details and thoughts about Bible translation work and how it changes a person and a people.
Feb 02, 2008 Brian rated it liked it
Entertaining and a good insight into what it is like to do Bible translation.
Nov 21, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school
I love this book. It is captivating and honoring to my Lord!
Sep 30, 2012 Jolabrese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the best books on bible translation I have read.
May 31, 2011 Tammy rated it did not like it
Found this very dry and boring.
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NEIL T. ANDERSON is founder and president of Freedom in Christ Ministries. He was formerly the chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Talbot School of Theology. He holds five degrees from Talbot, Pepperdine University and Arizona State University and Arizona State University and has authored several bestselling books on spiritual freedom, including Victory Over the Darkness and The Bonda ...more
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