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Book Review: Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

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This story opens with “Is this the day, the day I die?” and continues to tell a story that will remain in your mind long after you finish the book.

What would you do if your home was taken from you, your spouse swept off to an unknown place — a prison — and you are left to rely on the support of others to live? What if they were sent to jail simply because they were a Christian? And what if situations like this actually existed in the world?

Such a situation is portrayed in Randy Alcorn’s book, Safely Home. Persecution is the focus as we see Li Quan, a Chinese would be college professor, smuggling in Bibles, meeting secretly in the middle of the night for worship services, and risking his very life to worship Yesu.

Ben Fielding, an ambitious executive and college roommate of Li Quan, has plans to make his company millions by expanding into China and capitalizing on the inexpensive Chinese workforce. He remembers his college roommate and makes contact with Li Quan. hoping he could catch up with him on his initial visits to China.

What follows is a revelation to Ben Fielding and the swan song of Li Quan.

This is a story of real life in China for those who follow Jesus Christ. Ben’s misconceptions about China are examined, forcing him to consider his own faith as he witnesses the persecution of all Christians in China and especially of his friend, Li Quan.

Safely Home is a fictitious story that portrays Christians walking joyfully in their faith even under extreme oppression. All throughout this book are conversations between the two friends which reveal a developing dialogue that any Christian could use when witnessing to friends or neighbors.

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  • Very nice recap of the book. Thank you for taking the time to post.

  • ednorandrewrowe

    After reading Safely Home, I feel I’ve had an honest if unflattering look at Chinese government, at the role of Amrican companies who deal with that government, and at the mindset of a true Christian as he encournters the trials this life of training has for all true believers in Christ.

    Subtle social and family ostracism, occasional job discrimination and loss, and the like are most we American Christians typically face. Nevertheless character Li Quan shows responses we will recognize when, beaten and tortured, Quan continues serving in prison by volunteering to clean muck from cells.

    Quan serves both the Christian-hating guards, (who also hated to walk on the odorous ooze;) AND his fellow prisoners, whom he witness to. Quan’s evoking early in this book of a quote from Martin Luther King,which I’d forgotten, really hit home; paraphrased,

    “if the Lord has you being a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper there has been”

    This quote, which Quan learns in his pre-Christian years as an excellent college student in USA, before his college conversion to Christ, and before his willing return to Chinese government-sponsored obscurity and anti-Christian discrimination, was just for me. (I’ve gone thru some jobs all right, but our Lord now has me cleaning PARKING LOTS).

    I wondered as I read, just HOW Alcorn got such a feel for Chinese government / bureaucratic hatered of and treatment of Christians, with such a short visit to China, prior to writing Safely Home. That is, until I read another Alcorn book, which my Sunday School class “just happened” to start studying within a week or two of my “just happening” to read “Safely Home.” last month. (October 2009)

    In Alcorn’s excellent book on giving, which I’m reading now, he, in the forward, outlines the unfair and unconstitutional court judgements against him for conscientious peaceful picketing (Ghandi-like, remember Ghandi?) of abortion clinics. Multiple judgements ultimately mandated 1 million dollar and ultimately 8 million dollar payments from him directly to Planned Parenthood. Author and pastor Alcorn ultimately chose to become a legal pauper in order to avoid enriching the immoral Planned Parenthood orgnization with the fine money, had to resign his pastorate, experience media vilification, etc.

    This experience had a great effect on Alcorn’s SPIRITUAL life, however, an effect which reading Safely Home will also have on yours, I believe. Good glimpses of Heaven, persecution, God’s justice, and great cloud of witnesses around all believers in Christ. I believe Alcorn can talk the talk because he has in his own way, walked the walk.

    Andy Rowe