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Could you retain your faith even if it meant losing your life? Your family’s lives? To many Christians in the Middle East today, a “momentary, light affliction” means enduring only torture instead of martyrdom. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith over survival in Could you retain your faith even if it meant losing your life? Your family’s lives? To many Christians in the Middle East today, a “momentary, light affliction” means enduring only torture instead of martyrdom. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith over survival in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, and other countries hostile to the Gospel of Christ. In Killing Christians, Tom Doyle takes readers to the secret meetings, the torture rooms, the grim prisons, and even the executions that are the “calling” of countless Muslims-turned-Christians. Each survivor longs to share with brothers and sisters “on the outside” what Christ has taught them. Killing Christians is their message to readers who still enjoy freedom to practice their faith. None would wish their pain and suffering on those who do not have to brave such misery, but the richness gained through their remarkable trials are delivered—often in their own words—through this book. The stories are breathtaking, the lessons soul-stirring and renewing. Killing Christians presents the dead serious work of expanding and maintaining the Faith. “When you’re looking for real-life accounts of 21st Century believers whose lives are literally at stake for their beliefs, it demands the credibility of a man who has the smell of the front lines of the battlefield on his clothes because he was there yesterday and will be back there tomorrow. I’m proud to say my friend Tom Doyle is that man.” —Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer


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Could you retain your faith even if it meant losing your life? Your family’s lives? To many Christians in the Middle East today, a “momentary, light affliction” means enduring only torture instead of martyrdom. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith over survival in Could you retain your faith even if it meant losing your life? Your family’s lives? To many Christians in the Middle East today, a “momentary, light affliction” means enduring only torture instead of martyrdom. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith over survival in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, and other countries hostile to the Gospel of Christ. In Killing Christians, Tom Doyle takes readers to the secret meetings, the torture rooms, the grim prisons, and even the executions that are the “calling” of countless Muslims-turned-Christians. Each survivor longs to share with brothers and sisters “on the outside” what Christ has taught them. Killing Christians is their message to readers who still enjoy freedom to practice their faith. None would wish their pain and suffering on those who do not have to brave such misery, but the richness gained through their remarkable trials are delivered—often in their own words—through this book. The stories are breathtaking, the lessons soul-stirring and renewing. Killing Christians presents the dead serious work of expanding and maintaining the Faith. “When you’re looking for real-life accounts of 21st Century believers whose lives are literally at stake for their beliefs, it demands the credibility of a man who has the smell of the front lines of the battlefield on his clothes because he was there yesterday and will be back there tomorrow. I’m proud to say my friend Tom Doyle is that man.” —Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer

30 review for Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It's Not Safe to Believe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    I managed to get halfway through the audio of this but was not impressed. The audio narration was irritating as the male tried to manipulate his voice to cover female characters which sounded ridiculous. The stories themselves seemed unlikely but I was expecting that as I know that this type of persecution is going on around the world. The problem I had really was that almost all of the stories involved visions and dreams of Jesus. Apparently Jesus appeared in person to most of these non-believi I managed to get halfway through the audio of this but was not impressed. The audio narration was irritating as the male tried to manipulate his voice to cover female characters which sounded ridiculous. The stories themselves seemed unlikely but I was expecting that as I know that this type of persecution is going on around the world. The problem I had really was that almost all of the stories involved visions and dreams of Jesus. Apparently Jesus appeared in person to most of these non-believing Muslims resulting in their eventual conversions to Christianity. The author documents this as if the Muslims began expecting Jesus to appear to them--as if it was a regular event. In these visions and dreams Jesus communicates with the Muslims, instructs them and tells them what to do...... Whilst I obviously accept that God can do anything He wants and is more than capable of sending dreams and visions to people. I don't believe that He chooses to work like this today. He has chosen the method of preaching and evangelism in order for people to be saved. If we believe that Islamic countries have become too dangerous for missionaries to operate (one of the reasons given for these dreams/visions being necessary) then what does that say about God's power in these situations? The rise of Islam hasn't come as a surprise to God, He was aware of what would happen when He inspired Scripture and ordained His methods. The below articles explain the theological premise for rejecting such phenomenon http://www.challies.com/interviews/jo... http://www.svchapel.org/resources/art... https://hipandthigh.wordpress.com/201... I gave up on the book for that reason. I don't recommend it for Christian readers as I believe it will confuse people and lead to a further lack of spiritual discernment. Let's instead pray for missionaries to be willing to go to these countries. Also for the Bible to be widely available and for internet access to be possible so that the truth can be known and the people set free.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Eye opening look at Christian oppression in the Middle East. Killing Christians is eight separate short stories about Christians risking their lives in the Middle East to spread the love of Jesus. What struck me more than anything is that each and every one of them is GLAD to be in the position they are in to share the Gospel and risk their lives for Christ. How humbling for a Christian living in an area where Christianity may not be esteemed as highly as it was, but is certainly allowable. As ex Eye opening look at Christian oppression in the Middle East. Killing Christians is eight separate short stories about Christians risking their lives in the Middle East to spread the love of Jesus. What struck me more than anything is that each and every one of them is GLAD to be in the position they are in to share the Gospel and risk their lives for Christ. How humbling for a Christian living in an area where Christianity may not be esteemed as highly as it was, but is certainly allowable. As example, one man goes through such misery and risk to bring worn Bibles to others so that they may read them for a brief amount of time before sharing with the next Christian. Meanwhile, I must have at least ten Bibles in my house and surely a few of them collecting dust! I especially enjoyed the "from their own words" comments at the end of each story. I thank Rachel McRae for recommending this book on her blog. This novel is recommended for any Christian. One word of caution...there is some content that readers may find difficult to stomach.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt Hart

    You must read this. "...for people in the Middle East and other parts of the world, Christianity is synonymous with a life of extreme danger." You won't see most of these true stories on the news. You won't hear about them on the radio. You won't read about them. But they are real. This is what it is like to live as a Christian in many parts of the world today. These are stories of terrorists who come to Christ and learn to love and pray for their oppressors. Yes, miracles do still happen. Read on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    I really wanted to be able to recommend this book unreservedly. I was completely captivated by it and couldn’t put it down. Tom Doyle is an excellent writer. He captures the intensity of each story and channels it into motivation for us. He also kept it very fast paced. Each story touches the highlights of each person’s conversion, witness, and persecution or martyrdom. I appreciated this book as a chronicle of Christian experience in the Middle East today. The beautiful, triumphant faith that I really wanted to be able to recommend this book unreservedly. I was completely captivated by it and couldn’t put it down. Tom Doyle is an excellent writer. He captures the intensity of each story and channels it into motivation for us. He also kept it very fast paced. Each story touches the highlights of each person’s conversion, witness, and persecution or martyrdom. I appreciated this book as a chronicle of Christian experience in the Middle East today. The beautiful, triumphant faith that shines through these believers’ lives is incredibly encouraging. Catching a glimpse of lives transformed and God’s light shining through the vilest darkness in very heartening. In the first burst of emotion when I finished it, I wanted to rate it 5 stars and give it to everyone. Then I stopped and started to think more deeply about some of the teachings that are accepted in this book. I think every story includes a claim of a dream or vision of Christ. I don’t doubt their salvation and love of the Lord, but I am not convinced there is Scriptural support for this. I rather think that if left at the point where this book leaves it, it rather undercuts the importance of the Word of God and a clear presentation of the Gospel. Also while I understand that it is written directly to Christians in an attempt to encourage them to care for their suffering brethren, I was surprised that there wasn’t a clear presentation of the Gospel anywhere. Through all the stories we gather that Jesus loves us, that He is more than a prophet, and that He does change us. Actual salvation from sin is not clearly explained. I thought that was a little strange for a book written about people who are suffering for sharing the Gospel. This has all been said much better than I can by numerous authors. I would recommend reading Gary Gilley’s article here. https://tottministries.org/muslim-dreams-and-visions/ So after a more careful evaluation of what this book says against Scripture, I have to rate it much lower than I originally wanted to. I cannot recommend it unreservedly. If you do read it be careful what you learn from it, and please carefully compare it to strict Biblical teachings, not emotions or experiences.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Macey Austin

    The stories of the Christians in this book are extremely powerful and truly humbling. It's sad to think of all the suffering and persecution in the world, but after reading this book, I am reminded of the hope we have in Jesus Christ and I am inspired by the incredible courage, hope, and love of the Christians in the Middle East.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hascall

    Perhaps you are wondering, "With such a provocative title, what is this book about?" You can dispel the thought that the title is just to pique your interest; it is actually about Christians being killed. It's a powerful and quick read containing stories from real people in recent times who are under the constant threat of death. They are struggling to live out a life of compassionate outreach based on their faith in Jesus. Meanwhile their country and culture allows them to be tortured or killed Perhaps you are wondering, "With such a provocative title, what is this book about?" You can dispel the thought that the title is just to pique your interest; it is actually about Christians being killed. It's a powerful and quick read containing stories from real people in recent times who are under the constant threat of death. They are struggling to live out a life of compassionate outreach based on their faith in Jesus. Meanwhile their country and culture allows them to be tortured or killed for this approach. I found it compelling and it has sparked a desire for me to learn more about this clash of cultures. I would recommend it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Przybylinski

    I really enjoyed reading this book as part of a bible study at church. We worked through the first six chapters then read the rest. The book details various Muslims who have had visions of Jesus and have become Christians. In several cases people died at the hands of Muslims for their beliefs. This was a good book to read especially if you have a study group.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill Lawrence

    Very powerful stories of faith!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Dunlap

    Incredible, inspiring and eye opening. A must-read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Fuller

    Every Christian in the free world should read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    What is the cost of your faith in Jesus? “So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ https://www.bible.com/116/2pe.1.10-11... We in America are timid about our faith when it comes to sharing our faith with non Christians all around us. This book proves out, th What is the cost of your faith in Jesus? “So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ https://www.bible.com/116/2pe.1.10-11... We in America are timid about our faith when it comes to sharing our faith with non Christians all around us. This book proves out, through the lives of those of us Christians in the most dangerous of places, how boldness leads to purpose and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. There reward is Glory. And ours? Jesus said, “Pick up your cross and follow me. If you try to save your life you will lose it. If you lose your life for me and the Gospel you will be saved. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Our relationship with Jesus is based in our trust and commitment to Jesus. There is no denying this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ruch

    Christian NonFiction Inspiring Courageous. That's what I'll always remember about these believers, many already martyred. Each one willing to hold fast until the end. After reading Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I have a whole new understanding of what these converts risk for revealing their faith to anyone, even their own family. The Muslim injuncture to command right and forbid wrong means these new believers are immediately at risk of death. There is no mercy gr Christian NonFiction Inspiring Courageous. That's what I'll always remember about these believers, many already martyred. Each one willing to hold fast until the end. After reading Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I have a whole new understanding of what these converts risk for revealing their faith to anyone, even their own family. The Muslim injuncture to command right and forbid wrong means these new believers are immediately at risk of death. There is no mercy granted, even to loved ones. Highly recommended. I stand in awe of these believers. And many thanks to Tom Doyle for writing their story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Steveley

    WOW! This is perspective! I'm very moved by the suffering of my brothers and sisters and other parts of the world. I have answered the questions myself and am willing to suffer and am willing to die for Jesus. I have been persecuted by family members for over 40 years for my faith and I consider it an honor to have gone through western-style suffering for my faith. I will pray for my brothers and sisters in Israel, in Gaza, in Syria, in Egypt, and in other places where they are suffering far more WOW! This is perspective! I'm very moved by the suffering of my brothers and sisters and other parts of the world. I have answered the questions myself and am willing to suffer and am willing to die for Jesus. I have been persecuted by family members for over 40 years for my faith and I consider it an honor to have gone through western-style suffering for my faith. I will pray for my brothers and sisters in Israel, in Gaza, in Syria, in Egypt, and in other places where they are suffering far more than I could ever imagine. Such a great book! Thank you for sharing your true stories, and I will go to the Facebook page and pray at 8:38 p.m.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karla Goforth Abreu

    Wow this book takes you to the front lines of the persecuted church. The commitment of these believers is nothing short of amazing! When you read the stories, you realize that this is the commitment all believers should have. Though this book is not intended to cause anyone in the west a sense of guilt, there is hardly any way to read these accounts except to become aware that we so take for granted our way of life, which pushes our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ to a place, a compartment, Wow this book takes you to the front lines of the persecuted church. The commitment of these believers is nothing short of amazing! When you read the stories, you realize that this is the commitment all believers should have. Though this book is not intended to cause anyone in the west a sense of guilt, there is hardly any way to read these accounts except to become aware that we so take for granted our way of life, which pushes our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ to a place, a compartment, rather than a pervasive overwhelming purpose for being. At the close of the book is a challenge and also a prayer link to connect to the persecuted church. Read this book. NOW

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ethos_8133

    A book every born again American Christian needs to read A book every born again Christian needs to read- & it’s a book Everyone needs to read... I couldn’t put it down & I couldn’t stop praying for these Mighty men & women of Valor This is an eye opening book, & we need to realize that the Lord is pouring out His Spirit in these last days... See, it’s all about Jesus.. This book is awesome & convicting to this Born Again American Christian. 5 Stars all the way A book every born again American Christian needs to read A book every born again Christian needs to read- & it’s a book Everyone needs to read... I couldn’t put it down & I couldn’t stop praying for these Mighty men & women of Valor This is an eye opening book, & we need to realize that the Lord is pouring out His Spirit in these last days... See, it’s all about Jesus.. This book is awesome & convicting to this Born Again American Christian. 5 Stars all the way

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I love how reading on a Kindle has expanded my reading opportunities. Killing Christians is a book that has broadened my perspective and taken me to the middle east to meet some very courageous Christians; Christians that were once Muslims. I applaud their bravery and dedication! The stories in chapters 1, 5, and 6 especially touched me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    TL Ray

    Wow! Just wow. My heart breaks for the very real persecution Christians world-wide face daily. I confess I cannot understand any religion that calls on you to disown or murder your child if they choose to leave that faith. Every believer in Yeshua (Jesus) should read this book. We should all be praying for one another.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    Tom Doyle skillfully tells the compelling stories of people finding Christ in the Muslim world. What they live with is a horrendous reality, but Doyle relates them with all the light and hope of God's grace through his own words as well as the words of the Muslim Christians themselves. I found myself praying, laughing, and sometimes crying with my persecuted family in the Middle East.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela Baker

    Life changing book. An eye opener to what real persecution looks like in the Middle East. Really hard to read what happens to Christians in the Middle East. This book really challenged my faith and walk with Jesus. Two questions asked at the end that I am left with to ponder... Am I willing to suffer for Jesus? Am I willing to die for Jesus? The answer is yes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    This book focuses on the persecution and martyrdom of Christians within Islamic countries. Facing violence and danger, these individuals often experience miracles and see visions or dream dreams of Jesus, which strengthen them to stand for Him. This is a real wake up call for Christians in countries that receive nothing but maybe a mere eyeroll for their beliefs. What do we need to be doing to stand up for our beliefs? To start with, I feel like if we hourly pray for these believers in danger al This book focuses on the persecution and martyrdom of Christians within Islamic countries. Facing violence and danger, these individuals often experience miracles and see visions or dream dreams of Jesus, which strengthen them to stand for Him. This is a real wake up call for Christians in countries that receive nothing but maybe a mere eyeroll for their beliefs. What do we need to be doing to stand up for our beliefs? To start with, I feel like if we hourly pray for these believers in danger all the time, we will have advanced the kingdom of God.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beverly R Washington

    I so enjoyed this book. The stories in this book follow the thoughts of these persecuted believers; there message is touch the hearts of those in the Middle east knowing that their relationship with Christ says "I must take up My Cross" and this message of love is preached.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer Truitt

    Profound stories of faith These stories of believers in the Middle East are terrifying and brutal. The power of Jesus is plainly seen in the lives of these courageous and inspiring disciples.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taihina Tamar

    This is an extraordinary book for a number of reasons. But the main reason, for me, is the two questions asked by the author at the end. The stories & the questions, will make you rethink where you really stand with Jesus. This is an extraordinary book for a number of reasons. But the main reason, for me, is the two questions asked by the author at the end. The stories & the questions, will make you rethink where you really stand with Jesus.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Contrary to what the title might suggest, this book is not a gruesome downer. Rather, it is an uplifting reminder of the courageous faith shown by our brothers and sisters in Muslim-majority countries. It challenged me in a lot of crucial ways. Highly recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee

    Killing Christians Excellent book I had a hard time putting it down. I didn't know about the extreme persecution. I'm very grateful to live in the USA where one can worship freely.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Peter Glover

    Beautiful and inspirational. It’ll make you question your Christian faith, but only to sharpen iron. Glad to know Jesus is working in the heart of the Middle East. So very glad I read this book. I believe it has made me a stronger Christian.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Adams

    3.5 stars. The author's writing style was really not my favorite, which is a shame since these stories are so powerful. Despite the poor writing, I did enjoy the stories and the notes from the people in the stories at the end of the chapter.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I was afraid this book would be distressing, but it was very uplifting.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Flossie Cusick

    This is an amazing and true book. The different stories of people coming to faith amongst Muslim communities is amazing. Once you start this book, you won’t be able to put down!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Very thought provoking. Hard to imagine what these people go through on a daily basis. Great insight.

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