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In Japan The Crickets Cry: How Could Steve Metcalf Forgive The Japanese?

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In a WWII POW camp the dying Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, gave Steve his running shoes and challenged him to pray for the Japanese. But how could he? Steve and his classmates at the Chefoo school in China--for the most part the children of missionaries--were interned in 1942. Resentment of the Japanese, particularly the brutal prison guards, became a way of life. Eric Lid ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Monarch Books (first published August 20th 2010)
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Nathanael
May 08, 2016 Nathanael rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story of a man I've heard much about, who, I have interviewed but felt like I didn't know the whole story...
His experience as a teenager in a Japanese concentration camp in China, the witness of Eric Liddell who challenged him to pray for China, and eventually his mission to reach the Japanese.

It was clear that Japan and China have changed a great deal even within his lifetime. The conditions that missionaries had to work in back then are a far cry from the comfortable ease in wh
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Feb 12, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
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A good and encouraging read that flows well. In Japan The Crickets Cry is about the life of Steve Metcalf who was brought up in China then interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, for 6 years. Later, he returned to Japan to bring the gospel to a culture so different to ours that he describes so well. Written near the end of his life and authored by Ronald Clements, Steve's story opens our eyes to the Chinese culture of the pre-war years and that of Japan with some gripping chapters, each a ...more
Mikail Persson
Mar 30, 2014 Mikail Persson rated it it was ok
Unbelievably dull and disappointing. I don't know how these two took such an interesting time and series of events and turn it into something so flat and unfulfilling, but they managed it spectacularly.

I was almost completely unable to empathise with the majority of the people or events due to how flatly and matter-of-fact the telling was. This was not helped by a lot of awkward, heavy-handed phrasing. There was nothing near enough of what I was expecting thanks to the back cover; the value of S
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Judith
Dec 26, 2013 Judith rated it it was amazing
While Steve Metcalf was boarding at Chefoo School in northeast China, he (and the other missionary children) were interned by the Japanese during WW2. During his four years as a POW, he grew from boy to man. More importantly, fellow POW Eric Liddell taught him the importance of forgiveness, a lesson the Lord used to call Steve as a missionary to Japan after the war.

The book is well-written and includes such themes as TCKs (and their loss & grief issues), the perseverance needed in missions
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Victoria
Oct 07, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
This book is a narrative about Steve Metcalf's life. There are some interesting plots and carefully chosen stories/ testimonials. I enjoyed reading about the experiences of the civilians, prisoners of war. The heroism and courage of these ordinary people in extraordinary times is truly admirable. I expected more about how he overcome his anger towards his captors and in return served and lived amongst them.
Esther
Oct 21, 2011 Esther rated it it was ok
Most of the books was engaging and interesting - the life of a child of a missionary family who turns out to be a missionary themselves. The struggles, the hardship, the triumps...
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Good see what is happening with the church in another part of the world.
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Ronald E. Clements is the best known Baptist scholar of the Old Testament in Europe at the present time. Currently the Davidson Professor of Old Testament at King's College in the University of London, he earned his degrees at Spurgeon's College in London; Christ's College, Cambridge; and the University of Sheffield, where he received his Ph.D. in 1961. After lecturing seven years at the ...more
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