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
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Published January 1st 2013 by B&H Books (first published December 18th 2012)
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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
Mark Ward
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...more
Robert Ward
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.
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.
Richard Duncan
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
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
Sherrill Hill
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.
Ben Tarver
This book will challenge and increase your faith and commitment to Jesus Christ as you read first-hand accounts of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. The Lord works in miraculous ways!
Sara Burt
This book is an incredible overview of the persecuted church. "Find Jesus. Find the gospel...Don't fear the cost or worry about the risk...Jesus is worth it! He is worth it all!"
Steve Gilbert
Definitely worth the read if you are interested in persecution around the world. Throughout the book I found myself thinking of those Christian groups here in the U.S. who claim that we are being persecuted. At worst, most Christians here are being inconvenienced. This book does an excellent job of describing what real persecution looks like throughout the world. The author, through testimonials from those in persecuted countries also shows how God continues to work miracles around the world. Wh...more
Of course, Nik Ripken is not the author's real name. Revealing that could get people killed. And did.

The first half (or so) of the book covers the work of his humanitarian relief agency in Somalia, located blocks from the scene of "Blackhawk Down" … as it went down. (A guest, responding to buzzing noises around her head: "You have a mosquito problem.” Nik: “Get down. Those are bullets.”). They fed thousands, and watched thousands more starve as a result of both civil war and unrestrained greed....more
Reading this book opened my eyes to continuing miracles in the world. When the writer quoted the questions asked him by persecuted Christians in China, his comment says it all:
"In that moment, I began to realize how much I take for granted. I suddenly saw all the things that I have allowed to become common, things that would be considered miracles in the eyes of millions of believers in persecution. The truth is, these things we take for granted are all miracles!"
God IS present and at work in ou...more
I am going to repeat some of the review my Aunt Donna gave this book. "Don't read it if you don't want to be convicted. Don't read it if you don't want to be amazed by God's work in other parts of the world. Do read if you want to feel hungry to have a closer relationship with the Lord."
This book will challenge and increase your faith.

"All over the world we encountered committed followers of Jesus who trust even His toughest teachings. They understand that anyone who wishes to save his life mus...more
A remarkably, good book about a down-heartened missionary who finds hope in the stories of the persecuted. Loved it!
Jenilee Johnston Mullikin
Absolutely blown away by this book. My faith has been challenged and renewed.
Paul Lunger
Nik Ripken's "The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected" is a surprisingly well written novel that takes us from Somalia & around the world as one man tries to find God himself. The book follows the author (writing under an alias) as he finds out exactly at what lengths people will go to express their faith & just how strong it is. From his humble roots in Eastern Kentucky to his travels around the world, Ripken reminds us just how important believes can be & learns to s...more
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...more
Jennifer Nelson
This is one of those books that is deeply impacting and unforgettable, but you don't really know what to do with it when you're finished. I think this is partly due to the wide focus of the book and the lack of decisive conclusions at the end. Reading it kind of felt like walking down a path with a fellow believer and learning a lot, but not really arriving at any destination (not sure if this is a good or bad thing). The author shares what he has experienced and learned, but lets you come to yo...more
Nikole Hahn
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken (with Gregg Lewis) is a soul-searching book that surpasses some missionary books and blogs I have read by its raw delivery.

Nik Ripken is a pseudonym. Some of the names in his stories have been made-up to protect those Christians in persecuted countries from discovery by their governments. It’s a book that takes us around the world as Nik interviews believers from countries hostile to Christianity. Intermixed in the book is his testimony.

Nik grew up a non-believe...more
Cheryl M-M
Let me start off by saying that I admire anyone, regardless of faith or non-faith, who trys to help ease the atrocities in a so-called third world country. Giving aid via food, healthcare, clothing, water or any basic need without any hidden agenda. That is commendable. Doing so under the guise of bringing people under the banner of the christian faith, perhaps not so much.
Looking at this book from a perspective of a person, who believes in God.
It gives the overall feeling of being about Ripken...more
Bob Allen
Challenging account of Ripken's encounter with the power of Satan in holding Somalis in bondage and blinding their eyes to truth. As he and his team worked in Somalia in the early to mid-90s, he faced a crisis of faith because he just didn't see God at work and wondered if He was or even could be at work in such a repressive climate. Climax was the murder of 4 converts. After the death of their middle son, Tim, Nik and Ruth started a research group and determined to get the stories of persecuted...more
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...more
I've just finished reading this book, and I'm nearly speechless. Nik Ripken masterfully tells the stories he has been told has he has undergone a worldwide search for believers in countries where believers are persecuted. This is a book that I'll not be forgetting any time soon. The title is absolutely perfect--The Insanity of God.

I've read many books (along with Scripture, first and foremost) that have helped move my faith down the road a bit. This is one such book. For the first time in my lif...more
Brandon Halvorsen
Wow! What a great book!

If you've ever wondered if there's more to Christianity than what's commonplace in the U.S.A. this is a great book to read!

If you're wondering how the church is doing in countries that engage in severe and regular persecution of Christians like the former U.S.S.R., China, Vietnam, Burma, Africa, and Muslim dominate countries in the Middle East and Africa this is a great book to read!

If you've ever been touched by the darkness and felt evil crouching in on you and wondered...more
For the past few years, I have been reading only non fiction and although educational, the reading can, at times, be dry. Not so with this book! I didn't want to put it down.
I finished, handed it to my husband and said, you have to read this book! In fact, I cannot wait to recommend this book to all my friends who enjoy reading.
If you are at all interested in missions, you will love this book.
If you have questions about how God is at work, or even if He still is at work in this sin ravaged world...more
Sep 21, 2013 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Highly readable and well researched book on the persecuted church. The author, Nik Ripken (a pseudonym), began his quest for data on the persecuted church after having spent 6+ apparently fruitless years serving in Somalia with a relief agency. Questions about God's love for all people, and omnipresence surfaced during this time as he began to doubt whether God really cared for all nations, especially Somalia, where evil and darkness abounded. To answer these doubts he went out to nations where...more
Ethan White
Beautifully written, transformational.

Truly a book that will forever be one of my favorites. To say that it was a good book would be a serious mistake. It was a life transformational book that will challenge the core of our Christianity. a beautiful yet painstaking journey that will break your heart and teach you to evaluate just how much you value your Christianity.
The author was in Mogadishu, Somalia before the fighting and famine, and remained for ten years afterwards as a relief worker and missionary. He left to return to the U.S. in a state of grief and doubt. Then, he set out to interview people in countries where professing to be a follower of Jesus was persecuted -- he wanted to find out ... well, I think, if God existed and cared. He also I think, wanted to "help" those people, to "do" for them. What he experienced instead was a startling realizati...more
This book is an amazing and inspiring look at persecution in the church today. I love how the author pulls his conclusions and lessons learned along the way in each chapter. I loved reading the personal stories in each country, especially how the God spoke through dreams to people, the interviews in Russia and China, and about the Heartsongs. The last 2 chapters are so challenging and reminded me again how simple the gospel embrace Jesus and tell others about him without fear and be in a...more
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The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken

This book had me hooked from the beginning. Reading biographies is always inspiring, and yet this book really stretched my inner most feelings about being a witness and how I am using the gifts I've been given.

I am so inspired by those who are so willing to be bold!
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