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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.

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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.
Ann Withers
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as dnf
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 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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Ty Lukasiewicz
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, christian
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.
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.
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!!!
Crystal Lawrence Dow
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational true stories about people who have stood up for their faith in Christ. I drew motivation from it and it fueled my heart for missions.
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
Heather Martinez
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Book! This book was written by the Christian Rock band-DC Talk and the organization-The Voice of the Martyrs. Although this book came out in 1999 it is still very relevant for today. It is basically a copilation of stories about Christians being martyred for their faith. Though every century since Christ died there are stories listed in this book of those believers that lost their lives for their faith in Christ. A very convicting book in the least. For me, there is alot of eye candy i ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe this book was meant to be put in my reading shelf. This book I felt was very educational it had opened my eyes to see that Christianity is not as strong as it should be and many people have and are still dying for the love of Jesus Christ. The book is great! I would not recommend you reading it through like I have it was made for you to read one story put it down and then read another later on. It started getting hard to read when I got towards the end. The book is very factual is why ...more
Brandon Zimmer
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jesus Freaks by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs is about how people were martyrs for believing in Christ. Most start with them having to hide due to their faith otherwise known as religious persecution. The middle is the story on what happened to them that led them to their death. Most end with a sad explanation of how they were executed, but some have miraculous survival stories.
One example of the good ending is a guy sent to be boiled alive in oil but God protected him then the king had him b
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read through this book three times in my life. The first as a young Baptist, when it first came out, and it was mind blowing and chilling to me. What would I do if faced with these sorts of choices? Would I, in a similar position be willing to die for my faith? That's not a question a young person should be asking themselves.

The other two times I've read through the book, I've done so as a Catholic, and taken note of how biased some of the examples can be to appeal to an entirely Evangelic
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Great book. It shares stories of martyrs from all over the world spanning just after Jesus died until as recent as 1999 (when the book was published). Most stories are between one and three pages, so just small snapshots of each person or group’s stand for their faith. Some “martyrs” discussed did not die but faced horrible torture or other cruelties, but many did. It puts in perspective how many people have given up their lives for the faith. This is only a small percent, think of how many more ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given it as a gift before I was a Christian, and left it unread for 3 years. When I became a Christian, I finally read it and was so thankful for such a great gift. Want to know what I think of this book? I'll put it in these words: if you are a believer, you can't possibly read this book without tears and conviction and the realization of the worth of Christ that men & women would gladly die for Him. Truly, this world is not worthy of them. But God is not ashamed to be called their God, f ...more
Christian Barrett
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can honestly say I was encouraged by the stories these faithful Christians. However, there were no in-text citations for the book and that was a bit of struggle, for I would have liked to have the opportunity to read more about these accounts. They also use legends regarding the deaths of the apostles, which I found a bit perplexing for the addition of not entirely accurate stories takes away from the true stories of other martyrs. Will this encourage you in yo ...more
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Formed in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith, DC Talk was one of the most popular bands throughout the 1990's. Together the band has released five studio albums: DC Talk (1989), Nu Thang (1990), Free at Last (1992), Jesus Freak (1995), Supernatural (1998), and Solo (2001). The group unofficially disbanded in 2000, with each member attempting their own solo projects. Ever sinc ...more

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