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Book review: The insanity of God

Book review: The insanity of God

Book review: The insanity of God

11 January 2018

Nik and Ruth Ripken appeared at the screening of “The Insanity of God” documentary Monday, June 13, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri, in America. Photo by Jenna Wachsmuth (Baptist Press)

Reviewed by Robyn Ius 

Nik and Ruth Ripken are an American couple who have worked as missionaries in Africa and the Middle East for 30 years. 

Nik is known as the world’s leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts and in this documentary, The Insanity of God: A true story of faith and persecution, they tell their story.

During their time in South Africa their son died from an asthma attack, which left them reeling and questioning God. They set out for the persecuted church trying to discover if God is really worth the cost of the sacrifice they witnessed. The documentary, based on the book of the same name by Nik, starts in Africa before moving on to Russia where they meet a man who shares an amazing account of his time in a Russian prison. The conclusion is set in China.

You can see that God is truly at work in the stories they tell, and this sent shivers down my spine as I tried to comprehend the sacrificial love of these people for Jesus and Jesus’ love for his people. The documentary impacted me in a deep and significant way and I have found myself telling people the stories.

Are they insane following this God through such terrible persecution? This is a narrative that will impact you by the strength, love and passionate denial of self for the truth of Jesus. The persecuted church fights in a incredible way for God without care for what happens to them. Would we do the same? Will we be put in that position?

The DVD production is tasteful and professionally created to bring the different events powerfully to life. I recommend you get a copy and share it around. You won’t be disappointed.

The Insanity of God is available from Koorong


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