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Church Behind the Wire: A Story of Faith in the Killing Fields

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
From the oppression and terror of the killing fields in Cambodia, this is the story of how one man's conversion led to a rebirth of faith that brought hope to a nation. Commissioned by Communists to spy on a Christian evangelistic crusade, Barnabas Mam instead discovered Jesus and came to faith in Him. After spending four years in prison camps at the hands of the Khmer Rou ...more
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Published April 1st 2012 by Moody Publishers
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Jul 29, 2016 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Profoundly moving and challenging story of Barnabas Mams journey to faith in Jesus just as Cambodia was thrown into the genocide of the Pol Pot regime and the Killing Fields. Reading this book will challenge those of faith to review what is really important in life. Those with no faith or faith in other religions or on a journey to find faith, will hopefully be given insight into one mans journey and the impact on so many others as he dares to trust in Gods purpose for him, his family and his be ...more
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Jun 13, 2012 Barnabas Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of how God used Barnabas Mam to raise up the Cambodian church after the killing fields is remarkable. It's even more remarkable for how God got him there, through the prison camps and threats of death. The writing itself on this book is not what makes it great, it is the amazing story. Highly recommended.
Kevin Kane
Jul 10, 2012 Kevin Kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking with Barnabas, as I did over breakfast with him in Phnom Penh last week, is like listening to a Sunday school lesson fraught with scriptural images and stories. Reading his "Story of FAITH in the Killing Fields" feels very much the same.
Bethany Thompson
Mar 20, 2017 Bethany Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barnabas's story challenged my own commitment to Christ. In the midst of incredible evil and depravity, God's love and truth still shone forth brightly, protecting Barnabas and his family and enabling them to forgive their persecutors. Definitely worth reading!
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Oct 21, 2014 Mazzou B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One cannot survive the genocide of one's own people and not know something is terribly wrong with all of humanity. Barnabas Mam ''Church Behind the Wire pg. 28

One cannot read this book and be unchanged. Although I have read dozens of books about wars, massacres and genocides, every one I read affects me as if it were the first time I realized how sinful man's heart is. This book is another testimony to God's faithfulness through times where sin is especially rampant. Chapter after chapter, I w
Apr 28, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a moving story! This book is not a light read but is definitely worth your time. The author of this book retells his story in an engaging manner. You will not be bored while reading about his journey from a member of the Communist party to a follower of Christ.

The details of his life will change how you see your own life. You will read about how the Christian’s he was ministering to moved from one location to another. This was so the authorities would not get suspicious. Reading this pa
Roger Feenstra
The writing is a little rough, but the story is compelling. Christianity was nearly wiped out in Cambodia during the mid to late 70's, but God reserved a few godly men who would help rebuild the church one day in the future. Do not be mislead though. The church still suffers tremendously in Cambodia in 2012. The enemy has stirred up dissension among believers. Most everyone distrusts someone. Culture is allowed to get in the way of the Gospel. Missionaries are ineffective in some parts due to th ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of this book and I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. It was just so poorly written. Books need structure, some semblance of order. This book had none. There was no rhyme or reason to its construction. The author jumped around from story to story and nothing felt connected. My heart went out to him and all he and his family suffered. What happened in Cambodia in the 70s and 80s was a great tragedy, but there are much better memoirs out there (try "When Broken Glass F ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's neat to see how little of the Bible he had/knew in the midst of remaining so strong. This was a captivating story ... at times well written with solid word choices and teaching points, while at others times skipping around chronologically making it difficult to follow. Overall, very inspiring!
It took me a long while to get around to actually starting this book, but once I did a fortnight ago, I have found it brilliant. Inspiring, honest and challenging. A great tale of faith during the Killing Fields in Cambodia and afterwards - do give it a read!
Apr 10, 2016 Kymberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: testimony
Loved this book! Definitely one that I will pass on to someone else and buy us a new copy! So glad we got the pleasure to meet Barnabas Mam, feel like I've met him before and been drawn towards Cambodia for a long time now. With the Lord's blessing I will go someday.
Dec 01, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very moving to read the story of my dear friend, Pastor Barnabas.
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May 04, 2013 Margaret Makewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written and an interesting account of one person's journey.
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