Book Reviews

Extreme Devotion

Following Christ demands sacrifice… and not just the sacrifice of our sinful desires.  For many Christians today, following Jesus means the loss of their property, families, freedom, and even their lives.  Walking such a path is a challenge and one that those of us in the “west” too often fail to understand.  With freedoms unrestricted, we encounter little resistance to the practice of our beliefs and are often paralyzed when we do.  Can we do better?

If that’s a challenge you long to take up, then “Extreme Devotion” is the book for you!  In 366 daily readings, you’ll hear the stories of those who have put Biblical principles in action, risking their all for the sake of Christ.  You’ll listen as brothers and sisters around the world relate the tales of their fears and failures, trials and triumphs.  You’ll walk with them as they encounter those hostile to their faith and demonstrate the love of Jesus in even the most difficult of circumstances.  And, more importantly, you’ll be encouraged to develop the same type of faith that has helped each of them to survive the challenges that confront them on a daily basis.

Each day’s devotion consists of a Scripture reading, a story, and a challenge that will help you to deepen your own relationships both with God and with others.  You’ll be encouraged to make commitments and take the steps of faith that will strengthen your testimony.  And you’ll be inspired to apply those principles as you make a difference in the lives of those around you – reflecting the light of Christ in an ever darkening world.

It’s a journey worth taking and it’s one you’ll be glad you didn’t miss!

Extreme Devotion” is produced by The Voice of the Martyrs and is available for $13.05 in softcover.

DVD's, Resources

Underground Reality: Vietnam

Even the most skilled penman has to agree that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Images have the capacity to convey the deepest joy and greatest tragedy.  They move us emotionally, encourage us to think deeply, and oft times spur us to action.  That’s why, this week, we’re featuring VOM’s “Underground Reality: Vietnam”, a video documentary that takes believers inside the church in Vietnam, a country where the practice of the Christian faith can lead to imprisonment, torture, or even death.

Viewers are invited to join in the journey of four “western” High-schoolers as they come face-to-face with what it truly means to be a follower of Christ in a hostile country.  Travel with them as they visit a secret Bible school, a covert summer camp, and an underground church.  Listen as they interview believers who have lost everything for the sake of their faith.  And experience fear first hand as the teens encounter difficulties with government officials intent upon stopping the spread of Christianity.

Join in worship with our brothers and sisters across the ocean as you hear the stories of pastors, students, lay-people, and even other teenagers who have given their all for the One who gave His all for them!  Then, feel the fire as these amazing teens encourage you to give your all as well.

Take a moment to view the trailer for “Underground Reality: Vietnam” on YouTube, then purchase your own copy at:  You can be assured that it’s a journey you won’t soon forget!

Book Reviews

Restricted Nations

Most of us in the western world have little idea what it’s like to live in a place where our faith cannot openly be expressed.  We meet undisturbed for worship, read our Bibles on park benches, and even share the Gospel openly on our sidewalks… and all without repercussions.  Yet for many believers around the world, this is more dream than reality.

It’s for this reason that I’ve become rather fond of “Restricted Nations”, a series of small, easy-to-read guides produced by Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).  At around 100 pages, each volume highlights the history of the Christian church in a single country.  From the first missionaries to modern political difficulties, you’ll hear the stories of those who were willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the good news that God loves sinners.  You’ll discover the truth behind the claim that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” and uncover new ways in which you can make a difference both through prayer and active intervention.

The set currently covers China, Iran, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Sudan, Indonesia, Colombia, Vietnam and Eritrea, but is constantly growing. Each volume may be purchased individually ($7 apiece) or as a set featuring the 8 original volumes for $35.00 + shipping and handling at  It’s a small investment and well worth every penny!

Podcasts, Resources

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

Whether riding the bus, walking on the treadmill, or doing housework, most of us have a few hours each week in which our brains are less than active.  Instead of just letting my thoughts wander, I like to plug in my headphones and listen to a few podcasts.  That’s why, this week, I’m featuring a few of my favorites in the hope that you’ll find them enjoyable as well!

Viewpoint on Mormonism  Produced by Mormonism Research Ministry (MRM), this podcast takes a 15 minute daily look at LDS teachings from a Christian perspective.  From analysis of current conference talks and “Ensign” articles to dialogue about the teachings of the prophets of the church, this podcast is sure to help you learn to better share your faith with LDS friends and family.

Persecution Podcast  In just a few minutes every week, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) will bring you up to date on the latest persecution news from around the world.  Listen to the courageous stories of Christians in countries where the public expression of faith is not legal and learn how to better pray for both the persecuted and the persecutors.

Let My People Think  Ravi Zacharias has long been one of my favorite writers and speakers, so the opportunity to hear him preach each week is a genuine delight.  Listen as he and others from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) share about the relationship between Scripture, ethics, philosophy, and current events.  These messages are sure to speak to your heart.

Messianic Jewish Teachings: David Levine  If you’ve ever had the time to study Jewish history and culture, you’ve likely realized that a bit of context can go a long way towards adding to the richness of Scripture.  Each week, Rabbi Levine takes Christians on a distinctly Jewish journey through the Scriptures – helping us to see and understand them the way that the early (mostly Jewish) Christian church would have.  You’re sure to be both inspired and encouraged!

Stand to Reason  Instead of a single podcast, this is a family of programs dedicated to helping believers better defend their faith.  My favorites are the weekly video blog (a five minute apologetic tip) and the Please Convince Me podcast in which cold case detective and former atheist J. Warner Wallace examines the evidence in favor of the Christian world view.

There are, of course, many other great Christian podcasts available, but these five are the gems that I never miss.  Take a few minutes to listen to them and see if you don’t agree.  And, if you have a favorite or two of your own, please feel free to share them in the comment box below!

Get Involved, Missions Monday, Prayer

The Voice of the Martyrs

Did you know that Christians still face persecution just as they did during the time of the Romans?  Today, nearly 40 million believers in over 50 countries daily risk their property, lives, and relationships in order to maintain their faith.  The Voice of the Martyrs is committed to helping these brothers and sisters through prayer and practical assistance and this week for “Missions Monday”, we’re featuring some ways in which you, too, can play a part!

If you’re primarily a prayer warrior, check out  Here, you can find the profiles of believers around the world who are imprisoned for their faith.  By subscribing, you can keep up to date on each individual’s prayer requests as well as the progress of their cases.  Feel compelled to get involved?  The site also contains information on ways that you can advocate for individuals by writing to their government’s officials or encourage your brothers and sisters by mailing them a note while they’re behind bars.

Looking for more ways to be participate?  Click over to and join the “Be a Voice Network” – a group of believers from around the world who are committed to sharing the stories of their persecuted brethren with their friends, Sunday School classes, Youth Groups, and more.

Prefer a short-term project?  Why not get involved with parachuting the Gospel into Columbia or packing supplies to send to believers in need?

And while you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter!

There is plenty to explore, so take some time to navigate the site and look around.