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The Bible or the Axe: One Man's Dramatic Escape From Persecution in the Sudan [Paperback]

By William O. Levi (Author)
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The riveting story of one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan," "The Bible or the Axe" chronicles the life of William Levi, who, after suffering greatly at the hands of his captor for refusing to convert to Islam, eventually came to the United States, where he received a college education.

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Exile. Persecution. Torture. The riveting story of one man's escape from the Sudan. By the muddy banks of the Kulo-jobi River, a young Sudanese boy is faced with a decision that will shape the rest of his life. William Levi was born in southern Sudan as part of a Messianic Hebrew tribal group and spent the majority of his growing up years as a refugee running from Islamic persecution. He was eventually taken captive for refusing to convert to Islam and suffered greatly at the hands of his captors.
After escaping Islamic forces, William eventually came to the United States where he attended college. Since that time, he has been sharing his story nationwide and petitioning members of congress to take action to end the violence in Sudan. His story of deliverance will touch the hearts of believers and raise their awareness to the plight of our Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The Bible or the Axe: One Man's Dramatic Escape From Persecution in the Sudan by William O. Levi has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 37
  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 59

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Studio: Lift Every Voice
Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  080241138X  
ISBN13  9780802411389  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! WILLIAM OCHAN LEVI is the founder of Operation Nehemiah Missions International, an organization dedicated to rebuilding the minds, bodies, and spirits of the Sudanese people. He is active in Christian education and humanitarian service in South Sudan and the Ugandan refugee camps. Mr. Levi, a Messianic believer from an African Hebrew tribal group, is a native of Sudan and grew up as a refugee. Following persecution, arrest, and torture, his miraculous escape from jihad forces ultimately led to life in the United States. He has written a book on his story entitled "The Bible or the Axe: One Man's Dramatic Escape from Persecution in the Sudan." He is a frequent guest on Christian radio and has told his story nationwide, even testifying before representatives of the United States government regarding human rights abuses in the Sudan. Mr. Levi lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Hannah, and their six children.

William O. Levi currently resides in Cheshire, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Aqua-Africa  Jan 5, 2007
Wow... great story. Have a new appreciation for the religious freedom we have in America.
An Inspiring Story  Nov 6, 2005
Exile, persecution and tortue. Jesus told His followers that they should expect this type of treatment from the world. Those of us who live in the Western world often lose sight of the difficulties that Christians face in other parts of the globe. It is books like The Bible or the Axe, the biography of William Levi, than tend to shake us up a little bit, reminding us of the inestimable blessing of having freedom of worship.

William Levi is a Messianic believer from an African Hebrew tribal group in Sudan. When only a child his family was forced to flee religious persecution and they settled as refugees in the wilderness of Uganda. They lived there happily as subsistence farmers, growing all they needed for their survival. When the time of persecution seemed to come to a close they returned to Sudan, but after only a short respite the Muslim leadership began a new program of systemic persecution against Christians. Levi, when only a teenager, was arrested and tortured as his captors sought to convert him to Islam. He refused, trusting that the promises of God were worth far more than his life. While being taken to his place of execution he made a miraculous escape and eventually made his way out of the country and to the United States of America.

In the years since coming to America, Levi founded Operation Nehemiah Missions International and has told his story to millions. He continues to bring awareness to the persecution faced by believers in Sudan and elsewhere.

The Bible or the Axe is quite an interesting book. It is well-written and is sure to bring attention to a group of believers that desperately need our prayers. There were one or two places where I had small concerns about the author's theology, especially in his understanding of the differences between Protestant and Roman Catholic theology, but this did little to detract from the impact of this stirring story. I have no trouble recommending it.
This Book Will Touch Your Soul  Oct 4, 2005
The Bible or the Axe is the testimony of William Levi. It tells the story of his struggle against oppression and religious persecution in Sudan. It tells a story of hope, family, responsibility, and dependence on God. It tells the story of one man's calling. If you have a heart for the persecuted church, this book will touch you in ways you can't imagine.

What struck me even more than the gut wrenching opening, or even the torture this man endured, was the unmistakable message of God. I repeatedly had to stop and mark passages in the book to come back to. They were passages that touched me deeply and conveyed profound spiritual lessons.

The wisdom that flows from William Levi throughout this book is a gift from God. His understanding of scripture will touch you and change you. His struggle will give you strength and make you think. It will cause you to question the very fabric of your convictions and ask yourself where you stand. You will also ask yourself - will it be the Bible or the axe?

In a time of war and distress between nations and religious groups, this book could not have come at a better time. It is one thing to know what the Bible says and quite another to see it firmly in practice. William Levi met the call to love his enemies with service and strength of conviction.

To tell you that I enjoyed The Bible or the Axe would be to understate my real feelings. This book is profoundly touching. If you can put it down without feeling changed, without seeing the message God is sending through the words of William Levi, then you haven't opened your heart and paid attention. This book is a must read.
Review of "The Bible or the Axe"  Oct 2, 2005
William Levi has an amazing story to tell. Mr. Levi was born a Messianic Christian in the Sudan, exiled to Uganda, returned to the Sudan as persecution and bloodshed began again, and was miraculously brought out of the Sudan by God in order to help his country rebuild.

I know I am sheltered. I am a white, Christian American, and I have not experienced suffering like Christians in other parts of the world. I forget, sometimes, that our freedom to worship is something other believers do not enjoy.

I did not realize that there is a Christian presence in Africa that dates back to the early church. My ideas of Africa have been shaped by our Western culture and media. Africa is somewhere we send missionaries to, not somewhere I expect to see Christianity as old as the church. And yet Africans have been worshiping God the Father as Jews for thousands of years. The same African Jews were brought the good news of Jesus Christ and believed. And they have suffered for their belief.

This book has a message that needs to be read and shared. It is too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the suffering endured by our sisters and brothers in Christ. Stories like Mr. Levi's make it personal.

God brought William Levi out of the Sudan to receive an education and to help his nation in ways he never could have if he had remained. And he is helping and giving back, not only through this book, but through his ministry, Operation Nehemiah.

The Bible and the Axe does more than tell Mr. Levi's story. It explains the history of the religious war in the Sudan in a way that I had never understood before. Anyone whose heart break's over what's happened in the Sudan, and is still happening in the Darfur region, needs to read this book. It will renew your desire to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world, and prompt you to help in any way you can.
Inspiring book but disappointing finish  Sep 26, 2005
This is a very interesting and powerful autobiography which tells the story of William Levi's childhood in South Sudan, and his subsequent escape from religious persecution there and ultimate journey to America.

I found the early parts of this book fascinating, particularly where Levi talks about the history of the Sudan and the long Jewish and Christian heritage of that part of the world. I must confess my relative ignorance about the history and current events this country, and Africa in general, and this book has inspired me to learn more. For quite a while now I've had it on my heart to visit and perhaps do some work in Africa one day, and this book has further kindled that flame.

In some ways this book is reminscent of 'Hotel Rwanda' (one of my favourite movies) however in that setting it was Christians of different tribes fighting each other. In this story it is Islamic persecution of Christians, and their imposition of Shari'a law, that is the problem. Despite the injustices he faced, Levi manages to convey a sense of understanding and love towards Muslims - in this he is truly living up to Jesus' command to love your enemies. Levi's respectful religious discussions with a Turkish Muslim, and the attempts by some Egyptian Muslims to convert him (in a 'good cop, bad cop' kind of way) are some of the compelling episodes in this book.

The biggest disappointment I had with this book is that the story ends quite abruptly. There is very little written about what happened with Levi's 'Operation Nehemiah' ministry for the Sudanese which he started after a few years in America. And even more of a let down was that he didn't tell us what happened to his family in Sudan - did he ever get reunited with them? Did he ever return to the country himself? And the story of meeting his wife and having children in America would have been interesting to hear also. So although this was a great book, there were too many loose ends for me to be completely satisfied with it. The narrative just didn't go the full circle.

Even so, this book has further kindled my interest in Africa in general, and specifically to find out more about the Sudan, and Operation Nehemiah.

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