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 for running away in order to avoid marrying a Muslim man; Anila was imprisoned for helping her friend escape. In an introduction to the book, Michael Tait explains its purpose: "In a world built on free will instead of God's will, we must be the Freaks. While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus." The book's design is hip and easy to read, and its summary of Christian persecutions that continue today is useful--and frightening.
New Man Magazine, Nov/Dec 1999
"A call to be extreme... dc Talk hope to stir modern-day Christians with stories of early Christian martyrdom."
Bethany House Publishers
Living in the USA, I've never first-handedly witnessed much persecution for my faith; I've had the 'americanized' version of it (losing friends and reputation) but never have I been in any physical danger for it. So when I opened this book, I was woefully unaware of the state of the world when it came to Christianity. I never knew how dangerous it was to be a Jesus freak in other countries, and in that I never quite realized how worthy God is of the danger. This book resounds with faith in the middle of the fire, and a refusal to give up spiritual life in favour of physical life. I have yet to face this measure of persecution, but this book breathed into me personally an urgency to live as unashamedly of Christ as these people. This book strengthened my faith and resolve, and I DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone who is a Christian, period. Five out of five stars!
horror story? or the truth?| Posted February 20, 2010
GREAT book, I think that Tobymac & Crew did an absolutely amazing job! Although, most of the stories ended in death, it can help make us better, and stronger Christians, knowing that it's even though it's hard for us, it's hard for other Christians too.
Book of heroes| Posted September 22, 2009
This book is full of story after story of martyrs. Yes, that is simple. Not a complex plot, but it doesn't need one. Simple means powerful.
Hearing about our persecuted brothers and sisters can sometimes get you down, but these stories can really get you pumped for Christ! These guys took their stands and didn't give in! They were unashamedly bold for their Savior and weren't afraid to speak out for Him. These people are my heroes and I love to hear that they were willing to give their lives for the One that gave it all.
Packed with inspiring messages, this book is an masterpiece!
heroes| Posted September 04, 2009
Jesus Freaks "martyrs" is a book filled with the stories of people who gave there literral last breath to God.From martyrs who are well known and changed Nations,to those who's death sparked a blaze of change in a small town,there stories are shown and told.This book is one of my all time favorites.
Truly Inspiring Stories| Posted June 03, 2009
The stories given in this book are amazing. They inspire me to really look at my life and see what I need to improve on. These people deserve to be told about, for thier amazing faith. I look up to them for their strength to not conform to those around them and search for the only truth: God.
Jesus Freak| Posted June 12, 2008
This book is pretty awesome! So so many different stories about martyrdom are told with about 2 or 3 pages dedicated to each martyr ( if I remember right). This book is extremely challenging. would I be really willing to die for my God?
Jesus Freaks| Posted April 08, 2008
This book is very interesting. It tells a lot of stories about martyrs that really strengthens your faith. The book itself is a good read and really tries to mix up the different stories. So that you aren't stuck in one era wondering if there are still martyr's today. It is well worth reading.