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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
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by B Books (first published December 18th 2012)
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Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Natalie Vellacott
Firstly, I need to address the title--it is irreverent. But it is worse than that, in an article defending the choice of title the author writes that God GAVE him the title after much prayer and consideration. God is apparently therefore referring to Himself as insane. But, the author argues, it is not God Himself that is insane but some of His methods and decisions. He also considered "The foolishness of God," which may have been worse, in my opinion. I believe that the author is forgetting tha ...more
Robert Ward
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
There were a lot of things I liked about the Insanity of God by Nick Ripken. But the one thing that makes me madder and madder the more I think about it is that he copyrighted what he calls "HeartSongs". Now, the basis of this book is that this man, whoever he is, is searching for God in the persecuted church. The audacity of taking the thing that he finds and copyrighting it literally makes me want to spit. What happened to "we don't peddle the Word of God for profit"?

How can I believe anything
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: everyonemustread
I just finished this book and have to say that I struggle with writing a review of it. Not because it was a terrible book but because of the internal conflict I have in regards to the content. First, I think I have to just point out that I am not a fan of the title because of the implications of it. The other day I was in a doctor's office and a nurse, who happens to be a follower of Christ, saw the book and asked me about it. Her comment was, "I'm just not sure I can handle the title." I think ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is will definitely be one of my top reads of 2019 (maybe the top read, but it’s hard to tell since it’s only January...)

There are books that are written where the writer tells a story in such a way to evoke deep reactions within you, moving you to tears, or anger, or feeling excited. You feel like you are there, it’s so tangible. Then there are writers who describe real events that move your soul from the very depths of who you are, you hold tight bc it’s so powerful and because it’s R
Bailey Marissa
Can I give it 10 stars please?

I've tried to type up a review, but everything I saw seems trite compared to what you'd read, so I'm going to put in the top 3 moments that stood out to me. (But this whole book is amazing. If you're a Christian, please read this ASAP.)

(I'll be in the corner rethinking my life.)

Trying to go to the mission field:
~When [the mission committee] asked me the same question about when I had received my call, I looked around the meeting room and simply said, "I read Matth
Sydney Jacques
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The greatest enemy of our faith today is not communism, Buddhism, Hinduism, atheism, or even Islam. Our greatest enemy is lostness."

This book. Wow. So much heartbreak and joy and weakness laughter and tears and especially a lot of singing. I can't truly capture everything it meant to me, so I'll just say this:

This book is real life in all of its raw brokenness and pain, but with the hope and joy of Jesus. You should read it.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. I am not sure the extent to which my life will be changed because of having read it, but there is no doubt in my mind that the change will be there. This book has offered a wonderful perspective on living for Christ and how to live BECAUSE of Christ.
Mark Jr.
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
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
Carol Arnold
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. This book is amazing! The more I read about the persecuted church, the more I am convinced that we Americans are pampered Christians and don't know what it really means to follow the Lord. A quote from the book. "Yet our pilgrimage among house churches in persecution convinced us that God may actually want to use th email to save us from the often debilitating, and sometimes spiritually-fatal, effects of our watered-down, powerless western faith."

While the author does not set out to con
Gina Johnson
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure how to review this book. It's hard to read all the stories of suffering and persecution as I sit in my cushy home and enjoy all the religious freedom I have simply because I'm an American. This book isn't trying to make us feel bad about or blessings though. Rather it's a call to use those blessings and that freedom to make Christ known. It also has a much different perspective on the persecuted church than I'm used to hearing. Well worth reading, even if you aren't typically a ...more
Jordy Leigh
I feel like I've hit a jackpot of good books recently. I promise I don't rate all books 5/5. But The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, I do. It's the true story of a missionary who came back from his work in Somalia feeling broken and spent the next years hearing and collecting the stories of persecuted believers from Russia, China, and countries that can't be named for security reasons.

The appeal of this book came from Mr. Ripken's raw, humble approach to passing on his account of God's work. The
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Insanity of God is not what I expected, but it was an excellent book. It is a missionary biography. This book tells the story of Nik Ripken who along with his family went to Africa as missionaries. They ended up in Nigeria, with Nik taking trips into war-torn Somalia in the 1990's. This is their story of disillusionment, of the darkness in the world, of famine and poverty and persecution. How can the world be so dark?

Nik and his wife decide to travel around the world and speak to various pe
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nathan Larsson
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, the story of Nik Ripken and the stories that he has collected are an inspiring testimony to God’s faithful work and miracles that God’s has done for His people around the world and here in America! Read this book if you want to be challenged and inspired by the faithful and joyful witness of people of God through pain and suffering that most of us in the US cannot begin to comprehend. I definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Allie Gray
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
“There is no one like Jesus. And nothing can match the power of our resurrection faith!”

“The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken is the true story of one man’s deep dive into the persecuted churches of today. Ripken (name changed for protection) invites believers on a journey into the most impoverished, heartbreaking corners of the world in order to discover what it really means to follow Christ and to be persecuted for His sake.

Nik and his wife Ruth moved to Africa as young adults to begin their mis
Richard Duncan
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not particularly well written. It did bring to mind the severe suffering some Christians are encountering in other countries. Many Christians in the US think their rights are infringed on and I think this book would be good for them to read to get perspective.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 100%
I simply felt every word, every question the author had at every stage on his faith and life journey! This book fed my hunger for living in the will of God, while convicting me with the reality in which many brothers and sisters are living right now in other parts of the world, by obeying what Jesus commands us, (to all of us), to live daily: preaching, at any cost, the gospel of the good news for the salvation of the human kind!
It also satisfied the desires I was having exactly right before I
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few books about the persecuted church, as well as missionary biographies, so there wasn't a lot here that really surprised me. I guess what really sets this book apart is its historical context. We all know that believers are suffering around the world, yet the majority of the books we find are about persecuted Christians at least one generation ago (for example, Soviet-era Eastern Europe). Even knowing that Ripken writes more than decade after the experiences he describes, he ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
increases your compassion. doesn't quite answer the question. encourages us to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world and be sensitive to their security issues. Best story was about the Chinese praying for the Christians in Arab countries.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great reminder of what real faith looks like.

Honest questions and honest doubts answered by the power of God in the lives of ordinary people living in Extraordinary times and places.
Janet Ferguson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fiction
“Don’t ever give up in freedom what we would never have given up in persecution!" What a powerful quote in this book by a Christian in a country where Christians are persecuted. I need to read this book again because it's so thought provoking on how I need to courageously share Christ.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection of God's modern-day miracles and works in the world. Well worth the time to read, you won't want to put it down. (It's a bit slow for the first 100 pages, but get through that and you'll be captivated).

Careful, though - it may just change your life.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Spiritually uplifting book I have read , yet very convicting also. We Americans Christians take our freedom , and worship for granted, me included. This book gives a glimpse of how others truly love and suffer for Jesus. Every follower of Christ should read
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. Powerful stuff.
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most powerful accounts I've ever read about the persecuted church and what God's doing around the world. Amazing. I cried reading nearly every chapter.
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Nik Ripken is the world's leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 30 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of The Insanity of God and the new book The Insanity of Obedience. He and his wife have done extensive research on the persecuted church, and on Muslim background believers, in approximately 72 coun ...more

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