Item description for Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century by Don Richardson...
Overview This new edition contains an Epilogue bringing readers up to date with the Sawi people of Irian Jaya, New Guinea. In 1962, the author and his wife brought the message of the Gospel to head-hunting cannibals in the area. (Motivation)
Publishers Description In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child told their unforgettable story of living among these headhunting cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The peace child became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This new edition of Peace Child will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.
Citations And Professional Reviews Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century by Don Richardson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 30
Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 119
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830737847 ISBN13 9780830737840
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More About Don Richardson
DON RICHARDSON, the bestselling author of" Peace Child, Eternity in Their Hearts," and "Heaven Wins," has been studying the Muslim world for more than 30 years. He and his late wife, Carol, spent 15 years among the Sawi, a Stone Age tribe of Irian Jaya. Don designed an alphabet suited to the Sawi language, authored 19 primers, taught the tribesmen to read in their native tongue, and translated the entire New Testament. More than half of the Sawi accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Since 1977, Don has served as ambassador-at-large for World Team, a mission organization. Don holds an honorary doctorate of literature from Biola University in La Mirada, California, is an ordained pastor, and speaks at more than 40 church conferences each year.
Don Richardson currently resides in Woodland Hills, in the state of California. Don Richardson was born in 1935 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Los Angeles.
Reviews - What do customers think about Peace Child: An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century?
Leaves you Feeling Enlightened Jul 31, 2006
Peace Child was my summer reading book this past year and though there are many tough issues regarding cannibalism and violence. The people of New Guinea have never known anything different. They have need for a Savior who continues to prevail all throughout the book. As Don Richardson (the missionary) tries to find a spiritual parrallel with the gruesome Sawi culture, he finds much much more. Though at times your stomach may feel unneasy while reading it. It's a gripping and enlightening story. Without a doubt, a must-read for anyone regardless of their religion.
For it is by the grace of God that we have been saved through faith, not through ourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
Best Reason for Missions Ever Book Jul 25, 2006
This is an outstanding book. It will give you a vision of this mission field but also the unique way God will draw a person to Himself, in this case, an entire village. I recommend this book. I am blessed to have read it.
The Power of God's word Jul 4, 2006
A powerful story of how a missionary was able to find the deep structure of primitive tribe and translate God's words into their language and culture so they could understand.
Amazing Missionary Story May 12, 2006
This is an amazing story of Don and Carol Richardson going into an area inhabited by people who were cannibals and how they found things in that tribe's culture that allowed them to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ so effectively that many became Christians. It also shows that missionaries don't need to introduce western culture to indigenous peoples but do better when merely giving them the Truth of Scripture and let the people themselves decide how that affects the way they live. This is one of the best books I have ever read and I'm giving it to my friends.
Amazing Faith and the Hand of God Apr 12, 2006
I just finished reading Peace Child by Don Richardson. Wow. What kind of faith must one have to be a missionary and to take a wife and seven month old son to a tribe of treacherous cannibals where no white man speaks the language? That's just what Don Richardson did. He and his wife Carol went to Irian Jaya (island north of Australia) in 1962 to witness to the Sawi people.
The book goes into detail about many of the concepts and customs of the people. One highly-prized ideal was the "fattening a friend for slaughter." It wasn't just enough to kill someone. The best and most highly-regarded way to murder was to first befriend a person (from another tribe or village) and get him to trust you fully. Then, after many months of friendship, the "friend" would be dramatically murdered, cooked, and eaten.
Richardson shares his frustration at trying to share the story of Jesus and His love with these people and at finding that they thought Judas was the one to be admired because of his deceitfulness. "...It seemed God had not troubled Himself to prepare the Sawi...for the coming of the gospel...The Sawis had no name for God. Nor even the concept of Him..." Disheartened and wondering if any man at any time had ever faced a communication barrier such as his, Richardson wondered what would happen. And then, he learned of the tradition of the Peace Child.
The story of the Sawi people and their conversion from paganism to Christianity and the story of the Richardsons and their faithful ministry is a fascinating and compelling read. The book would not be appropriate for younger readers (or as a read aloud for those listeners) as there as cannibalistic practices and killing are discussed in some detail. But, for a more mature reader (late middle school and above), Peace Child will make you marvel at God's hand even in the remotest corner of the world.