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The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected

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The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless abo ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by B&H Books (first published December 18th 2012)
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Feb 19, 2013 Glen rated it it was amazing
First, I need to alert the reader that I personally know the author behind the pseudonym, “Nik Ripken”. I’ve attended conferences he’s led on the persecuted church. I’ve met his wife. I actually went to seminary with his brother-in-law. I once even enjoyed a leisurely breakfast on the rooftop terrace of his home in east Africa. I first heard about Nik Ripken some ten years ago at a training conference for strategy coordinators led by representatives of the International Mission Board of the SBC. ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Dec 04, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it did not like it
Firstly, I need to address the title--it is irreverent. But it is worse than that, in an article defending the choice of title the author writes that God GAVE him the title after much prayer and consideration. God is apparently therefore referring to Himself as insane. But, the author argues, it is not God Himself that is insane but some of His methods and decisions. He also considered "The foolishness of God," which may have been worse, in my opinion. I believe that the author is forgetting tha ...more
Robert Ward
Aug 29, 2013 Robert Ward rated it it was amazing
This book has affected me deeply. I am still processing it. I did not want the book to end. It put me in touch with a longing to see the Spirit work in my life and in those around me.
Josh Meares
Dec 23, 2014 Josh Meares rated it did not like it
There were a lot of things I liked about the Insanity of God by Nick Ripken. But the one thing that makes me madder and madder the more I think about it is that he copyrighted what he calls "HeartSongs". Now, the basis of this book is that this man, whoever he is, is searching for God in the persecuted church. The audacity of taking the thing that he finds and copyrighting it literally makes me want to spit. What happened to "we don't peddle the Word of God for profit"?

How can I believe anything
Jan 13, 2015 Christi rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. I am not sure the extent to which my life will be changed because of having read it, but there is no doubt in my mind that the change will be there. This book has offered a wonderful perspective on living for Christ and how to live BECAUSE of Christ.
Mark L.
May 03, 2014 Mark L. rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014
A truly remarkable book. Very stirring and edifying. If I say, "a little light on the scriptural exegesis," don't think that in saying this I believe myself to be worthy to shine the author's shoes (or his wife's). And I can say that precisely because he himself is a humble man. And a godly one.

His insights into the persecuted church around the world would be difficult to improve upon. Who else has had his experiences? He not only ministered faithfully in a nation, Somalia, where persecution of
Apr 26, 2016 Heidi'sbooks rated it it was amazing
The Insanity of God is not what I expected, but it was an excellent book. It is a missionary biography. This book tells the story of Nik Ripken who along with his family went to Africa as missionaries. They ended up in Nigeria, with Nik taking trips into war-torn Somalia in the 1990's. This is their story of disillusionment, of the darkness in the world, of famine and poverty and persecution. How can the world be so dark?

Nik and his wife decide to travel around the world and speak to various pe
Carol Arnold
Jan 04, 2016 Carol Arnold rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. This book is amazing! The more I read about the persecuted church, the more I am convinced that we Americans are pampered Christians and don't know what it really means to follow the Lord. A quote from the book. "Yet our pilgrimage among house churches in persecution convinced us that God may actually want to use th email to save us from the often debilitating, and sometimes spiritually-fatal, effects of our watered-down, powerless western faith."

While the author does not set out to con
Gina Johnson
Dec 24, 2015 Gina Johnson rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure how to review this book. It's hard to read all the stories of suffering and persecution as I sit in my cushy home and enjoy all the religious freedom I have simply because I'm an American. This book isn't trying to make us feel bad about or blessings though. Rather it's a call to use those blessings and that freedom to make Christ known. It also has a much different perspective on the persecuted church than I'm used to hearing. Well worth reading, even if you aren't typically a ...more
Feb 26, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
This was a challenging book. I'm still wondering how I will end up applying it in my life. The author was a missionary relief worker in Somalia before the UN took notice of that country. That is interesting and challenging enough, but it is only the begining. After he is forced to leave he travels the world to learn how Christianity can survive when it is persecuted and there the real story begins. It's a great book. Read it.
Feb 22, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
Nik Ripken (a pseudonym used for safety) began his "calling" for the mission field as a young man. His wife Ruth on the other hand had known since she was a young girl she would be a missionary. Nik and Ruth along with their three sons re-located to Africa in the early 1990's. Their home base was Kenya. Nik made hazardous trips to Somalia. Somalia was a country ravaged and oppressed by a drought and a civil war. Nik encountered a hell on earth each time he visited. He negotiated and work
Nov 04, 2014 Penny rated it really liked it
Wow. This book is heart-rending, uplifting, and incredibly, incredibly convicting. It's going to twist you up, but it's a good kind of twisting.

Nik Ripken (nom de plume) went into Somaliland in the 1990s to serve God. It was a dark, spiritually oppressive experience (everything they tried to do for good ended up backfiring, the few Believers they did meet were killed). So a tired, hurting Nik goes on a journey to other places with a history of oppressing and persecuting Believers to see how thes
Richard Duncan
Mar 15, 2014 Richard Duncan rated it it was amazing
It will take a while for the message of this book to seek as deeply in me as it needs to go. It's the story of a Kentucky couple who ended up on the mission field in Africa. After fruitful ministries in several African countries, they next experienced heartache and confusion. They moved to Kenya so the husband could take trips to serve in Somalia, a Muslim country that experienced extreme tribal conflict, hunger, famine, and lawlessness in the 90s. After meeting horrific humanitarian needs for s ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Carolinaaaa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 100%
I simply felt every word, every question the author had at every stage on his faith and life journey! This book fed my hunger for living in the will of God, while convicting me with the reality in which many brothers and sisters are living right now in other parts of the world, by obeying what Jesus commands us, (to all of us), to live daily: preaching, at any cost, the gospel of the good news for the salvation of the human kind!
It also satisfied the desires I was having exactly right before I
Sep 09, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few books about the persecuted church, as well as missionary biographies, so there wasn't a lot here that really surprised me. I guess what really sets this book apart is its historical context. We all know that believers are suffering around the world, yet the majority of the books we find are about persecuted Christians at least one generation ago (for example, Soviet-era Eastern Europe). Even knowing that Ripken writes more than decade after the experiences he describes, he ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Thequaminator rated it really liked it
increases your compassion. doesn't quite answer the question. encourages us to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world and be sensitive to their security issues. Best story was about the Chinese praying for the Christians in Arab countries.
Aug 22, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
The most powerful accounts I've ever read about the persecuted church and what God's doing around the world. Amazing. I cried reading nearly every chapter.
Dec 02, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Wow. Powerful stuff.
Bailey Marissa Bowers
Can I give it 10 stars please?

I've tried to type up a review, but everything I saw seems trite compared to what you'd read, so I'm going to put in the top 3 moments that stood out to me. (But this whole book is amazing. If you're a Christian, please read this ASAP.)

(I'll be in the corner rethinking my life.)

Trying to go to the mission field:
~When [the mission committee] asked me the same question about when I had received my call, I looked around the meeting room and simply said, "I read Matth
James Chappell
Jan 21, 2016 James Chappell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nik Ripken (pseudonym) is a missionary who has worked in some of the most hellish places on earth. From Somalia to China and beyond, he and his wife dedicated themselves to helping the oppressed, the starving and eventually, those who tried against all odds to spread the word of Jesus.

I came at this book expecting a conservative Christian apologetic and was therefore prepared to disagree with much that (I imagined) it would have to say, and although there are faults, the most evident being that
Jan 23, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
I began reading this book over Christmas break at my brother-in-law's suggestion. We were discussing the almost total disregard for super-natural events in main-stream philosophy in spite of their ever-growing documentation. He referred to this book as a recent account of how God is working among people in non-Western parts of the world. Christians in North America, if I can serve as an example, tend to think we have perfected the faith and that we can universalize our experiences (or relative l ...more
Heather Kidd
This book cuts right to your heart if you are a believer of Jesus!
It follows the Dr. Ripken around the world as he journeys to understand the God he follows and His ways especially in some of the most hostile countries of the world. After working in Somalia during the 90's and experiencing some of the worst of humanity and then having his son die at sixteen, he returns to the States beat-up and discouraged. From there, he and his wife go on a mission to try and discover how other believers manag
May 25, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Nik Ripken (not his real name) has travelled the world spreading not only the Gospel but also good works, helping the most impoverished and persecuted people on Earth. Primarily in Africa and Asia, he has ministered to the truly downtrodden. Throughout his journey he developed understandable questions about how a loving God can allow such suffering. No stranger to suffering and sacrifice themselves, Ripken and his wife set about systematically learning the answers to these and many more question ...more
Justin S.
Feb 26, 2016 Justin S. rated it it was amazing
Genuinely a wonderful read. I think American believers need to read first hand experiences of missionaries. We often think we can teach others so much, but in truth our persecuted brothers and sisters can teach us much more. While I don't think I am called to be a missionary, I am certainly called to tell others the gospel, and be obedient to Jesus. I walk away truly inspired to share Christ with others after reading this.
Norma T. Galván
Dec 06, 2014 Norma T. Galván rated it it was amazing
A must read book! "The Insanity of God," is an unquestionably exceptional and convicting novel. The author escorts the reader from Somalia, Russia, China, and all around the world as he attempts to find God himself. I found the book to be heart-moving, encouraging, inspiring and edifying. As Nik Ripken visits different parts of the world and discovers precisely at what lengths persecuted Christians will go to display their faith. Expect your life to be challenged by God!
Aug 13, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Great book. Missionary family from Kentucky who journey into difficult places to meet the needs of people and share the Gospel. Somalia during the Black Hawk Down period, later interviewing persecuted believers in Russia (under Soviet Gulags), China (underground churches), and some unnamed Islamic countries. The author (not his real name) sees New Testament movements of The Holy Spirit in many of these situations. Best book I've read in a while.
Mar 08, 2015 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perspective transforming. Challenging. Life changing. Clarifying.
Well-written. Gripping. READ IT.
Read the stories of how God is and has been working throughout the world today and see your own life in a new light.
Sherrill Hill
Apr 30, 2013 Sherrill Hill rated it it was amazing
If you aren't already aware of how wide-spread Christian persecution is, this book will shake your world. You think the New Testament miracles are a thing of the past? Read this book to see what is happening today across the world, but don't expect to be the same afterward.
Aug 07, 2016 Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great reminder of what real faith looks like.

Honest questions and honest doubts answered by the power of God in the lives of ordinary people living in Extraordinary times and places.
Aug 11, 2014 Sherri rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read on God's sovereignty. Also this book shows that God does not call us to comfort or to peaceful lives. God wants us uncomfortable. Finally great book on the 'hidden' church.
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