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Peace Child

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  6,268 ratings  ·  172 reviews
A gripping, unforgettable missionary adventure. Don Richardson shares first-hand his hair-raising experiences among cannibals in the primitive jungles of New Guinea.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Regal Books (first published 1974)
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Skylar Burris
Dec 22, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Skylar by: Jennifer Eppley
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Tim Headley
Even if treachery is a culture's highest ideal, the Creator has planted within that culture a "key" to "unlock" such seemingly "closed" minds to at least consider the fact that the Creator actually may have visited this planet. We just have to find that "key" within each culture, so that people will at least listen and consider the "story" of Jesus. This is an amazing story. I first heard it first-hand, humbly told by Don Richardson to me and just 5 others, around 1975. I had no time in my sched ...more
Elise
I read this book a long time ago, perhaps not long after it came out. At the time I was very impressed with the way it beautifully conveyed how every culture has myths/legends/traditions that point to the story of redemption, restoration, and healing. Though I have since read or heard other similar stories, I still consider this book to be a valuable read.
Katie
Great story that demonstrates Gods creativity in creating diverse cultures; his self-disclosure and unique pursuit of this remote tribe in Papua New Guinea. The missionary in this book lived with the tribe, learned their worldview and discovered the key to explaining the gospel in a culturally relevant way.
Mike
Some people are more like the angels than they are like the rest of us human beings! Such a man is Don Richardson and his wife, Carol.

In 1962 they accepted the call to be missionaries to a people who were living in what we would call the "stone age." Headhunters and cannibals, their short life spans were filled with fear, sickness, tribal warfare, and violent death.

Don and Carol lived among the Sawi tribe of what was then called "Netherlands New Guinea." It wasn't far from the area where Michae
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John
Most books about missionaries that I've read start with the missionary: his call, his preparation, his arrival among people with an unfamiliar culture and language, his painstaking efforts.
In "Peace Child," as in "Lords of the Earth," Don Richardson starts with the people the missionary is trying to reach, in this case the Sawi people of what then was Netherlands New Guinea (now Papua Indonesia; Irian Jaya in the interim).
The missionary in this case is Richardson himself, along with his wife, C
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Randall Pratt
This is a fascinating book about a missionary couple reaching out to the tribal Sawi people of what was then the Netherlands New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea, a part of Indonesia?). As they learned about and experienced the Sawi culture and language, they found that a concept had been built into their culture that served as an effective "redemptive analogy" that helped explain the good news of Jesus, the ultimate "Peace Child."



Don Richardson posits that most, if not all, cultures have embedded i
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Rebecca
Oct 23, 2010 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school, adults
Shelves: i-own-it, five-star

Peace Child is about a missionary who shares the gospel with a hostile tribe in what is now an Indonesian island. These cannibals think of Judas as a hero for 'fattening Jesus with friendship for the slaughter'. The missionary is finally able to explain the truth when he finds out about the custom of giving a peace child. When two villages make peace with one another, they exchange peace children to ensure that the other village isn't planning to betray them. He explains how Jesus is God's peace

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Ilona
The argument goes like this(though it is told in a narrative story) in each culture God places keys, redemptive analogies, to aid in the communication of the Gospel. Analogies which are made evident are then appropriated by the missionary. For example Paul in Athens appropriated the unknown god to proclaim the true God.

In the Sawi people the Peace Child was a redemptive analogie Don and his wife used to communicate Christ. Hearts which admired Juda's betrayal more then Jesus' sacrifice were tran
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Sabrina Schaffer
Excellent read. The cultural aspects challenged me intellectually and expanded my worldview. I was also deeply moved by Richardson's example of incarnational missions. Lastly, the book was spiritually encouraging: I felt that God was truly glorified by this testimony to His sovereign grace among the Sawi people. My only critique would be that the story felt somewhat sensationalized at times, and lacked expression of realistic time passage and character development overall. However, I would highl ...more
Callie
I read this book last year. I am fascinated in the lives of missionaries and in other cultures, but I'm usually put off by the often weak writing that is put out by Christian publishers. I remember reading this book though and finding it quite poetic in places and well written. The choices and the faith that brought this man and his family to live in such a remote area were inspiring to read about. I would like to read this one again.
Asif Zamir
Imagine entering a world where you are constantly and continuously in danger, with alligator infested waters and headhunters at every turn. Imagine giving your all to learn this culture and live among these cannibals and help them. At any moment your life could be taken from you but you have a heart for the people...

This book is not your run of the mill book on missionaries. Peace Child is about Don and Carol Richardson who go to be missionaries to a cannibal tribe. It touches on the fact that t
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Melissa Jill
What an amazing story! I started this book years ago but couldn't get past the first section - it was SO violent, shocking and sad. Picked it up again and pushed through and was greatly rewarded. I stand in awe of our amazing God. He's a loving genius who is unbelievably huge and creative. I'm so thankful that I will share Heaven with the Sawi someday!
Jenny (Reading Envy)
One of the major genres in my home growing up was missionary and martyr stories. This was one I read multiple times as a child, I loved the completely different culture. I'm pretty sure it is what stayed in the back of my mind in my undergrad years that led me to doing a research paper on the music if the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea,
Havebooks Willread
A friend loaned me Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century by Don Richardson and I'm so very glad I read it. I feel a little bit like I'm the last one to read it as I've mentioned it to a couple people who immediately said "Oh yes, wasn't that great?" Even if I'm a little late to the party, I'm still glad to have read it.
Peace Child

Peace Child tells about the Sawi tribe living in New Guinea who were cannibalistic headhunters before they learned about
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Sarah
Caleb and I read this together for school and it was really intersting. The traditions of the people were disgusting, however.
A great book for every Christian because it is one example of how to tell the Gospel of Jesus to a different people who have a different culture.
Karin
Definitely interesting. I was amused at someone else pointing out how many exclamation points there are. I hadn't really noticed. Yes. There are lots of them. The story itself is amazing Worth the time to read it.
Jason Poling
I have been told by many mentors over the years to make a habit of reading Christian biographies, especially those of missionaries. Regrettably, I haven't been very good at heeding their advice. The rare occasion that I did was when I was required to read the story of Jim Elliot in order to participate in a college play about his story called the "Bridge of Blood." Ironically, I was cast as Jim in the play. The spiritual journey God took me on as I navigated through Jim's diaries and his wife El ...more
jenn
this is my favorite missionary book. i love the idea that every culture has some story of redemption thus showing the human need not only for relationship with something greater but also for some kind of redemption.
Jarod
Excellent reading choice and a good example of how a sovereign God is able to put traces of the truths of His gospel in any culture, even in one untouched by civilization!
bridget.
this is a phenominal true story. i love how this couple really takes the gospel to the culture and doesnt just try to change the culture.
Ji
I like this book so much I've developed a sort of book trailer for it... ask me to do the trailer for you in person!
Hannah  Walsh

Read for school. This book tells a fascinating story (I love missionary biographies!), but unfortunately the writing style made it hard for me to read. I found the writing bland and repetitive. Ashamedly, I ended up skim reading a lot of it. That's why I can't give it a fair star rating.

Also, I had to skip certain parts, because I start feeling sick if someone so much as mentions cannibalism...and this book talks about that in great detail. COULDN'T COPE WITH THAT SORRY.

Mr. Richardson was a
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Chrisse Reynolds
Fascinating and inspiring story.
Daniel
This is a fascinating, beautiful story, which is compounded by the fact that it actually happened:

Don Richardson, a missionary in the 60s and 70s, writes about his experience with the headhunting, cannibalistic Sawi people, a stone age tribe that had an entire culture based around warfare and revenge. He struggles to find a way to show them Christ and to end the cycle of violence. The eventual solution speaks to not only his own ministry among the Sawi, but also to anyone reaching out to any cul
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Mike
Some people are more like the angels than they are like the rest of us human beings! Such a man is Don Richardson and his wife, Carol.

In 1962 they accepted the call to be missionaries to a people who were living in what we would call the "stone age." Headhunters and cannibals, their short life spans were filled with fear, sickness, tribal warfare, and violent death.

Don and Carol lived among the Sawi tribe of what was then called "Netherlands New Guinea." It wasn't far from the area where Michae
...more
Garin Hess
Peace Child by Don Richardson - this one was recommended to me by Bethany when we hiked Timp in the summer. It is a first-hand account of a protestant missionary effort to preach the Gospel to the cannibalistic and head-hunting Sawri tribe of New Guinea in 1962. Their culture is the type of culture that has spawned all of our stereotypes of cannibals and our stereotypes aren't all that far off! At that time, unbelievably, the tribe had only seen whites once before. What makes this an incredible ...more
David Westerfield
This true missionary story is such an excellent picture of how the Gospel can come in to even the most morally backward culture and transform it from the inside out. It seemed Don and Carol Richardson were up against impossible odds; indeed they were. How can a stone-age tribe who valued treachery more than sacrifice possibly comprehend, let alone believe the sacrificial message of Christ's redemption for sinners? Only the Holy Spirit alone could make this possible. And at the same time, the Hol ...more
D.I. Telbat
Peace Child is the exciting true story of Don Richardson, the first missionary to the cannibalistic Sawi tribes of New Guinea. After an education at Prairie Bible Institute in Canada, Don and his wife Carol entered the primitive jungle atmosphere by dugout canoe, and began their ministry for Jesus Christ to the curious Sawi people.

Or were the Sawi tribes merely fattening Don, Carol, and their infant child for a final meal? Regardless of the manifold risks, Don was the first to break the Sawi lan
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Linda
To be called by God to a foreign country as a missionary of the Gospel is a privilege and an awesome undertaking. But to be called as a missionary to a culture that is virtually untouched by the modern world, has no written language, and is based on violence and treachery as a lifestyle is almost unimaginable. This is exactly the kind of people that Don and Carol Richardson, with their eight-month old son, went to live among for the purpose of bringing them Christ. Richardson’s book, Peace Child ...more
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DON RICHARDSON, author of Secrets of the Koran, Lords of the Earth and Eternity in Their Hearts, has been studying the Muslim world for more than 30 years.

He and his wife, Carol, spent 15 years among the Sawi, a Stone Age tribe of Irian Jaya. Don designed an alphabet suited to the Sawi language, authored 19 primers, taught the tribesmen to read in their native tongue and translated the entire New
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