A riveting page-turner full of surprise after surprise, that evokes emotions that swell to the very core of humanity and Christianity.
The amazing story of Stan and Pat Dale among the Yali people, the battle on the front line over the lives and souls of men and women and children all made in the image of God, but having lost view of what the image means.
This was an exciting book to read, not just for the exotic setting in remote Irian Jaya, not just for the odd social Yali customs, not just for the bravery and determination of the missionaries who lived among these cannibalistic people, but because Richardson is a superb storyteller who knows how to blend fascinating tales with a good dash of suspense. It took very little effort to read this book as I was so caught up in the story that it was hard to put down. Recommended reading.
I owned this book for a year and kept pushing it aside simply because I wanted to be in the right mindset to read it and also because most of the missionary books I have read have had larger text and were smaller, so the idea of a book about missionaries that was nearing 400 pages kept me away.
Now that I did read it, which I read it in four days because I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next, I am sad I didn't read it earlier!
I love how Don Richardson paints us perfect pictures of tribes and areas of land and events that took place from various perspectives of missionaries and those who were once cannibal warriors.
He starts out the story of things that happened because of the spirits that controlled the tribal peoples of the various areas of Irian Jaya who were unreached with the gospel or were just starting to be reached. The stories are pretty graphic and are done where it will horrify you enough to feel saddened by how these people were oppressed by spiritual darkness.
Mr. Richardson begins to tell us about a man named Stan Dale and his venture towards Christianity from an atheist upbringing in Australia and how he came to feel drawn towards the mission field of those who never heard the gospel before. The journey is pretty in depth and gets you excited to find out what is going to happen.
The entire outcome is how God transformed tribes that once fought each other and instead brought peace to that land through various events. It was very heartbreaking and sad with a happy outcome.
If you like Missionary stories as I do, this is definitely one to read.