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Jesus Freaks: DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs (Jesus Freaks #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  14,324 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs, is a companion volume to dc Talk's album of the same name. It is a book for teenagers about martyrdom, containing dozens of profiles of figures ranging from Stephen, whose martyrdom is described in the Book of Acts, to "Anila and Perveen," two teenage Pakistani girls and Christian believers. In 1997, Perveen was killed ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 2002 by Christian Art Books (first published May 1st 1997)
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Harmonee
Apr 25, 2012 Harmonee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Harmonee by: My friend
What do I think? This book is more than a book. Not the Bible, but once you pray before you read it, an emotion overtakes you at the realization that this is it. I rarely feel chills or get the sudden urge to do something outrageous for God, but this book pushed me on. Not to just dive in and die, but everything. This book is a blessing. Although it was written in 1997, it feels like it was in today. So many stories impacted me. The way I think and view things. Made me realize how much of a self ...more
Kate
For a while I wouldn’t read “Jesus Freaks” because I thought it would be too depressing. A book about people being tortured and killed for their faith isn’t really my cup of tea. Then one day, I sat down in an aisle in Barnes and Noble and started reading it. It was hard to read, it scared me at times, but it wasn’t depressing. In fact, I was finding it uplifting and humbling. I was dumbfounded. But the more I read, the more I began to realize why I found it so uplifting. This book does an amazi ...more
Timothy
I read this book as a child, and it utterly brainwashed me. It contains a few enlightening pieces of information, but I consider it a piece of unabashed propaganda. (Some of) the people in this book are willing to give their lives because they believe that Jesus is the savior of mankind who can save the souls of convinced people. I wish that the value of speaking the truth did not rest in such uncritical acceptance of words on pieces of paper that have been altered, mistranslated, and reinterpre ...more
Rich
My family and I do devotion 4-5 nights a week together, chpater by chapter. As we go through the Bible I like to pick up various devotions that are Bible based, but inspirational or fun to read afterward, as we consider the Word being applied where the rubber meets the road.

One section a night takes about a 100 nights. As there are nearly that many mini 3 pages bio's of those who have gone before us.
This one has been great for that purpose speaking to the hearts of children, youth, adult alike.
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Jeff Williams
This book will challenge your Christian walk. At the time in my life I read it, I was going through a really difficult, post-adolescent time and it woke me up. Whatever I was going through, I wasn't a martyr, I just had a rough time. I could be going through much worse for much less. It inspired me to be a stronger, better Christian. It spurred me towards seeking God's calling for my life, and being obedient to answering that calling.

Highly recommend this book to teenagers, college age kids, yo
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Lynne
This book is often marketed to young adults, but I think that's more because older adults often give up a lot of the zeal for God that comes with youth. It's just too easy for us (especially in the well-off, consumerist west) to forget or blow off any idea that there really are times when we might have to literally give up everything - our family, our religious community, or home, even our life - because someone more powerful than us demands it.

This book is a collection of short (1-2 page) stor
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Eric Sundquist
I stopped reading this book pretty early on. It seems like it was primarily written for 15-year-olds, which is, by no coincidence, how old I was when it was published. I'm sure that it was marketed to 15 year old me and some part of my brain put it down as, "You should probably read this book some day."

But don't read it when you're 30 and more cynical than your 15 year old self.

That said, stories of people standing up for what they believe in can be encouraging. What is less encouraging is the a
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Jody
This is not Foxe's Book of Martyrs. I say that before some nut begins to compare the two. Foxe's book is a genuine classic that should be required reading. This is a very good book that deals with the death of (mostly) modern day Christians. I will warn you that if you read this book you will feel small. Most of today's Christian complain about the price of gas and milk and talk about what great tribulation they go through at work because the boss expects them to do their jobs. Jesus Freaks talk ...more
Ellen Maze
For Christians and Messianic Jews -- eye-opening and faith building. For all others -- just a good way to see how far faith can take a person when it is all they have left.
Well written, tugs at the heart strings; I will never forget these stories.
TheRose
Aug 04, 2008 TheRose rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians new to their faith
Recommended to TheRose by: Shane
This is a great book for someone new to Christianity, because it tells the stories of some modern-day and older martyrs. The book presents the stories in little snapshots of the moments when these people stood up for Jesus even in the face of death or torture. Some of the stories have the potential to be very moving, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with the sheer heroism and love for God that martyrdom portrays.

However, the language is dumbed-down and the stories lack
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Laura
Jesus Freaks is a book that describes martyrs and how they came to be classified as such. The book follows the path of Christian martyrs from the time of Christ up to modern day believers. The book gives individual stories of those that have been persecuted all over the world. It also contains information on the Christian presence in other countries today and how you can make a difference.

I am thankful that I live in America where I can practice the Christian religion. After reading this book, I
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Adam
Jun 12, 2009 Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is either doubting their faith or needs religious sanction
Recommended to Adam by: Mrs. Kiker
This volume is a wonderfully bound group of stories of men, women, and even children who risked their freedoms, their families, and even thier own lives in order to spread and protect the Word of God.

A beautiful work of hope, faith, and Christ, this book deserves a place on every bookshelf.

I really liked reading the inspirational quotes and passages written at the end of each martyr's story. I think that in the future and even now these quotes can help me through hard times.

I thank you, Mrs. Kik
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Liz
Jesus Freaks is a collection of 1-2 page, very short, biographies of Christian martyrs throughout history. For what it is, it's decent. It's certainly not an in-depth look at each person's life; usually each story focuses on the events immediately leading to the person's death. If you are looking to get a broad understanding of Christian martyrdom throughout history without much detail, this is a good read. Many of the older stories are from Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The book is printed in conjunc ...more
Jenna Leigh
This book is pretty amazing. Contrary to being depressing, it is actually extremely encouraging, and humbling as well. It really, really opened my eyes to the plight of many Christians worldwide, and I just can't believe that people have gone through this type of thing.

One criticism I had was that I think some of the stories belonged more to the realm of Christian legend than historical truth, but most of them weren't like that. Great read, and it really helps to bring you into an awareness of
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Diana
Get the kleenex box before you read this book. ALthough your eyes will be filled with tears your heart will forever be changed. I just pray I too can be sucha astrong witness for my Savior.
Deepak George
A nicely compiled and smartly documented report on the suffering of true Christians around the world..
Makes you feel glad,thankful and blessed to have the freedom to worship!!!
Jim George
This book was really an eye opener for me, I just always took it for granted that us Christians were a "guarded" or "protected" religion. I thought the Lord built a hedge around us, sort of like His chosen few? Well was I ever disillusioned! Christians suffer and die for their faith on a daily basis, and have been persecuted for centuries, I've been blinded by the freedom of religion, and the blessings of living in a free country. It appears the church needs some miraculous help, and more than a ...more
Isaiah
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Jeremy Manuel
Jesus Freaks is a book of short stories united under a consistent theme. They are stories of people who have been persecuted for their Christian faith. The stories range from the time of the early church up until the 1980s-90s. It is a challenging book to read as you are reading through story after story of people being killed, tortured, and imprisoned for their faith. It forces one to face the reality of persecution that believers in places like the US and Europe don't have to deal with. Anothe ...more
Kameela Fletcher
This book kind of started of slow for me but got better each story. I would say that this isn't one of those books you can read in a couple of days. It was hard for me because each story was very sad, and it ended up taking me a couple of weeks.

It was a book that I was told a little bit about by my parents, and we started reading it as a family. I became more interested in it and decided to read it further. I loved this book it was great but I wouldn't suggest to any readers that have weak stoma
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Crystal
The writing isn't brilliant or professional, and the research/ documentation seems spotty and occasionally suspect, but many of the stories are still powerful. It's amazing to see and hear what people throughout history and into the present have been willing to endure for the sake of their love for Jesus. They deserve the title Jesus Freaks, and I am blessed to follow in their faith tradition, if not in their sacrifices. I appreciated that the stories covered a range of historical eras, into the ...more
Adriane Devries
Maybe it’s wrong to read stories of burning, decapitation, unjust imprisonment, and torture to my kids during devotion times. I did it anyway, and dare I say we enjoyed it? The stories contained in Jesus Freaks, all true, remind us that our freedoms are not arbitrary, nor are they common. Many people throughout history and even today have died for believing in something other than the current government or authority’s propaganda. Through reading these pages, not only do we appreciate so much mor ...more
Micah Burnham
"Jesus Freaks" was an amazing book. It has lots of stories of believers who went through trials for their faith, and who stood firm. The book really showed me that a true believer doesn't give up when things get tough. A true believer is willing to be persecuted for their faith because they know that they have hope of eternal life after death. The book also encouraged me to pray more for other believers who are being persecuted in other countries
Taylor Skinner
The stories in this book are absolutely amazing. It is very well worth reading. However, there is one small flaw: because there are so many of these stories, they can become repetitive if you read too many if them in one sitting which really doesn't do them justice. But if you read at a pace of a story or two every now and then, the pace of the book becomes much more manageable.
Jaime
Books that teach us to question ourselves and to see how other people lived really makes us think and i think that DC Talk did a real good job co-writing this book. In fact, it points as to how strong we really are. 8 year olds enduring their faith while their parents are killed before their eyes and parents doing the same while their kids are being murdered. All for Jesus and that while as morbid as it is, they are rewarded for it. You can't help but cry and be touched by these stories of peopl ...more
Karen Graham
This book is an exceptional inspiration!! Filled with historical accounts of exemplary Christians. Story after story of fearless believers and their boldness in face of trials and persecution will motivate and encourage the reader to reach deeper in their love and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. What an amazing book! I HIGHLY recommend!
Mandy Morrow
I read this book quite a few years ago. It was such a wonderful book with a plethora of insight to the subject of Christian persecution. However, I was only about 11 years old when I read it, and the gruesome descriptions kind of startled me. I would recommend this book to anyone who is an adult, or mature tween/teen.
Armicia
Absolutely amazing book. I read it as a teenager and it was a life changer. Stories of death, life, courage and love. The ability of people to love and be joyous while facing death is a very strong motivator to those of us who are not facing death to love and be happy. No matter how bad your life is, it could always be worse.
Rock Rockwell
Oct 09, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: prayer-worship
Amazing.
Amazing.
Amazing Grace.

One Sunday we dedicated the whole service to praying for the persecuted church. We took this book and ripped every page out and distributed to each person in the church. The book has short stories of martyrs and persecuted Christians in various countries. In the service we shared the story of the martyr to encourage us to press on (no matter how difficult). We also shared some of the countries and the persecution described in order to pray for that country.

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