5 Books About Humanity’s Greatest Rescue

It’s easy to get callused by the needs of the world. We are overwhelmed by need and we become immune.

That’s why a deep dive into a book beats an internet post or news article.

These five books highlight the need, in full color, but they also shine a light on the answer to humanity’s greatest need.

They explore the divine economy, which doesn’t work like ours. It often doesn’t feel fair. It often feels upside down.

These books will rock your world and grip your heart and challenge your assumptions. Let them.

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Something Needs to Change

by David Platt

After listening to Annie F Down’s interview with David Platt on her podcast about his book I knew I needed to read it.

Platt traced his one week trek through the Himalayas and the impact it had on him to see such a dark place first hand.

He recorded in his journal the people he met, the scripture he read on the trip and his thoughts and emotions in response.

He witnessed human trafficking, extreme persecution of believers, children in isolated mountain villages without the most basic education and scores of people who had no knowledge of Jesus.

Platt was overwhelmed by a first hand experience with a dark corner of the world in desperate need, spiritually as well as physically. He eloquently invites believers into his pain as the first step to impacting the world.

The Insanity of God

by Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis

Nik and Ruth Ripken (not their real names) left Kentucky and moved with their family to Somlia to serve God.  They encountered a shocking world of spiritual warfare and the persecution of Christians.  

Nik Ripken pulls back the curtain to this world. 

Believers who are imprisoned and tortured and martyred for their faith.  Those who sing to Jesus and can’t resist sharing him with others, no matter the price. 

Human life is not valued.  Women and children are not valued.  Freedoms and dignity are not valued.  All stemming from a world view so foreign it is difficult even to conceive. 

They have since interviewed 600 believers in 60 countries to give voice to their stories. 

These are their stories and Nik Ripken and Gregg Lewis share them so well. 

The Heavenly Man

by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway

Brother Yun’s story highlights the incredible religious persecution of Christians in China.

The verses of scripture they cling to are not the same ones that are familiar to us because they live a different reality.

It’s good to have that world opened up to us and to spend some time thinking about it.

Christians throughout history have been imprisoned and tortured and persecuted and martyred for their faith. The fact that it’s still happening today often doesn’t impact us.


by Bruce Olson

Nineteen year old Bruce Olson left the United States to bring the gospel to a stone age tribe of Indians in Columbia.

He learned their language and fully integrated into their culture. The contrast between their way of life and his upbringing in Minnesota is stark.

He paints such a vivid picture you can almost feel the creepy crawlies. At great personal sacrifice, he accomplished his mission.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

by Nabeel Qureshi

This is the raw, treacherous journey that Nabeel Qureshi took to find faith in Jesus including the sacrifices he made, the intellectual, emotional and relational barriers that kept him from finding faith in Jesus and the story of overcoming those barriers.

Why do we need to know Nabeel’s story?

There are millions of devout Muslims on the planet. If we understand his story, we come closer to understanding them.

To understand the Muslim mindset opens the door to greater compassion, to a better chance of building bridges to individuals who are seeking.

Statistics are one thing.

One person’s story is something else altogether. What difference can one person’s story make?

We are faced with the same choices as Nabeel Qureshi.  Are we going to accept what we were taught growing up? Or are we going to search for something else?

These are the questions that individuals from every devout family faces. These are the issues that we wrestle with. These are the answers that we must find. This is the peace that we must come to.

Irregardless of the belief system we choose, the struggle is universal. It’s the dragon we all must fight.

Which books would you recommend for this list?

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3 thoughts on “5 Books About Humanity’s Greatest Rescue

  1. Elena Wiggins

    I LOVED Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus! And I have yet to read Brucko. A friend recommended it years ago and I have it waiting for my on audiobook so I need to make it happen soon!

    My November reads are linked, if interested!

  2. Jennifer

    Hi Beth! I found you on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit. Thank you so much for sharing this list of books and your thoughts about them. I have on my bookshelves the last 3 books that you listed, but I have not yet read any of them (except part of Nabeel Quereshi’s book). Books are such a wonderful way to have our eyes opened to life outside our own backyard. I think I will make it a goal in 2020 to read the 3 on this list that I own. Thanks again for your recommendations!

    1. Beth Post author

      You are so welcome, Jennifer. I hope you find them all as thought-provoking as I did. Thanks for stopping by!


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