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Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks

(Jesus Freaks #1)

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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, 383 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by Albury Publishing (first published May 1st 1997)
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Lauren It is a great book, but I would suggest reading it first. There is some graphic stuff in there. You'll have to decide for yourself.…moreIt is a great book, but I would suggest reading it first. There is some graphic stuff in there. You'll have to decide for yourself.(less)

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Harmonee 🌚🥀🌝
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
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
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me a few yrs back by my pastor. It states it is geared towards teens and I did have my teenager read it as required reading after I read it. This is a phenomenal book I think all believers should read. The stories are true,gripping you from page one. The stories are short but powerful. The book tells about courageous men and women of all ages who took a stand for Christ from around the world. The courage these brothers and sisters displayed was nothing short of remar ...more
Jeff Williams
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ellen Maze
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
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
Becca Harris
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SO GREAT!!! I read aloud a few of these most mornings for the past few months. It strengthened our faith so much! I highly recommend reading this. I'm sure we'll reread it again in a couple of years! ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jesus freaks is many stories about people’s life with God in their lives, and people even risking their lives for God. Jesus freaks is all true stories.

In all the books of Jesus freaks, the people are brave and courageous. They won’t ever give up on what they believe on even if if mean dying because they were preaching the gospel.

The highlights for me is when they pray for the people torturing them and when they convert others to christianity.

My favourite part was when they didn’t give up eve
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Laura Ellis
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-read-list
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
Jenna Leigh
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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this is just not written well at all. and like, every other word is “Jesus freak.” They don’t use KJV, which is ironic considering that’s what people have died for through the centuries, not the ESV or NKJV, or the countless other perversions.
also, this is very ecumenical and a lot of the stories have people claiming they saw angels and/or Jesus.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 20, 2010 marked it as to-read
I've read a few stories from this book and NEED to get the book to read. ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My son read the original version of this book and, to my knowledge, he still possesses it. I received this book from the publisher for my honest review and opinion.
A Jesus Freak is one who is willing to for Jesus no matter what. As I read each of the stories they would lead me to reflect if I would do whatever it takes for my faith in Jesus. Would I be willing to lay down my life for Him? This is such a powerful book I believe each of the stories should be read and thought about. This makes it
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was unable to rush through this book. The narratives are so intense and moving that I could bear it only a few pages at a time. I believe it would be much easier to be an outright martyr than to be tortured, especially tortured over a long period of time. I wonder about myself, about my dedication and courage. So ... not everyone in the book is a martyr, but those who were tortured and later released also have my utmost respect and gratitude. They kept the faith. My edition of the book had a l ...more
Jeremy Manuel
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
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
Karen Wingate
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
"Jesus Freaks" is a compilation of the compelling stories of people who have chosen faith in Christ over preserving their own life. Patterned after the famous Fox's Book of Martyrs, it makes every Christian wonder if we could be strong enough to stand up for our faith in the same way. My major problem with this book is that it includes stories of the martyrdom of the apostles. In telling the stories, the book gives details from Scripture which are fairly accurate, ut then adds details about thei ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Ty Lukasiewicz
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, history
great book about christian martyrs. I read about half of this book a year ago and decided to finish it this past week. the stories were encouraging but also sad. each story was short only about 2-3 pages in all. I definitely struggle with books like these because I read one chapter and then I feel done. takes me awhile to finish them. I have foxes book of martyrs and I think I might read it next. recommended.
Melissa Erikson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
300 pages of the same kind of story from the past 2,000 years. Incredible, inspirational, and awesome (in every sense of the word 'awe') real-life stories, but the monotony of it began to make each story feel less and less incredible since they were all told in the same way, same structure, same outcome.

It's a quick read, but take your time, otherwise you'll be underwhelmed with the similarities as I was rather than awed in more episodic chunks as the format can lend itself to.
Deepak George
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
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!!!
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was very sad, but encouraging and uplifting also. It makes you (or would make you) feel like you want to do something more and stand up for your faith.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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
Debbie Carlson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I was expecting much more from this book. The cover and book design is terrific! That initially drew me to the book. There are wonderful quotes posted here and there that I copied down in my journal. I enjoyed finding out about people that I hadn't heard of before, which leads me to my main problem with the book. Most of the stories were very limited in details other than the grotesque torture and executions that these people endured. I would have liked to know more about the individual's belief ...more
Kameela Fletcher
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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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