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Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century

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In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child told their unforgettable story of living among these headhunting cannibals who valued treachery through "fattening" victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own my ...more
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Published August 8th 2005 by Regal Books (first published 1974)
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Feb 03, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Vellacott
Apr 27, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
I received this recommendation via this blog post of top 10 missionary biographies which is definitely worth reading!

This was one of the best missionary biographies that I have read. It was also the most gruesome. The author paints a vivid picture of missionary work among the cannibalistic, headhunting Sawi tribe in Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua, Indonesia.)

An urgent request for workers was made;

"You may be called upon to make the first advance i
Tim Headley
Feb 20, 2008 Tim Headley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Skylar Burris
Dec 13, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Skylar by: Jennifer Eppley
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This was a lot different than I was anticipating. The first 50 pages are shown through the tribes POV, so it is a little dark and evil at the beginning, revealing those without Christ do not have hope. Once Don Richardson and his wife felt called to the tribe the story picked up a bit. Everything with the Peace Child was so amazing. Once Don Richardson was able to reveal Christ to them through their traditional idea of the Peace Child, salvation began among the people.

Some parts of the book are
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,
Melissa Jill
Jan 22, 2011 Melissa Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Katie Hoiland
Apr 10, 2007 Katie Hoiland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 02, 2007 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 18, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This was a wonderful missionary story, telling of the transformation of barbaric cultures into an unlikely culture with a Christian worldview. Richardson writes well, including action and even cliff-hangers at the ends of several chapters. Here is a post on missionary work and the transformation of culture, and here's a related one on redemptive analogies, appropriation, and supplanting. Here's an update on the Sawi people.
Oct 15, 2007 Ilona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sabrina Pannell
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
Feb 05, 2008 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions-stories
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.
Feb 09, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This missionary novel was different than other ones I've read of its kind. I really liked this book! I liked how it was written in almost a story form and it definitely kept my attention. I definitely recommend it!
Mar 26, 2007 jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 20, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy (A Magical World of Words)
God is amazing, and what the Richardson did was amazing. They risked their lives, and of course it's amazing and inspiring to see what God does for them and the Sawi.
I don't particularly like the way the book's written, but the actual incidents and events are amazing.
Dec 15, 2011 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chrisse Reynolds
Sep 05, 2013 Chrisse Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and inspiring story.
Mar 21, 2012 Jarod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 28, 2010 Ji rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 13, 2007 bridget. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
May 31, 2017 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book! It was well written and definitely worth reading!
The first couple chapters were a bit graphic in the descriptions of cannibalism, but that makes the reader realize just how desperate these people truly were for the Truth. I would recommend this book very highly for about age 14+ (depending on maturity).
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
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
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
Aug 04, 2008 Melinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, christian
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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
May 07, 2012 Ashton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suffice it to say that it's been a long time since I picked up any book and read it entirely in just one day. This was a book that I'd read in the past at university and I was looking for something biographical to read with the other books I'm reading right now and I thought, why not? I didn't imagine when I picked it up this morning and started reading it that not only would I thoroughly immerse myself in the book but I would do so to the point of finishing it in just one day.

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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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