The Insanity Of God

Title: The Insanity Of God
Author: Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis
Publisher: B & H Publishing Group
Date: 2013
Pages: 322

When the author became a believer in Jesus, he took the words of Jesus to go and make disciples literally. He proceeded to go to Somalia to work at bringing needed care to the people there during the mid-1980s into the 1990s. During that time, Somalia was under extreme warring amongst themselves. Very few organizations were willing to go into Somalia because of the extreme high level of danger.

After building a large relief organization and getting the attention of leaders of various nations, Nik started to question why there was so much struggle for the Somalians. He could not seem to build a large Christian group in the nation. He questioned why there was so much persecution and why God allowed such persecution.

He then chooses to travel around the world to various countries that were known to persecute believers. He wanted to interview various Christians on how they could survive under extreme persecution.

Nik writes of the many people that he encountered and what he saw and felt during those days. In the end he realized that Christians actually thrived and grew while under extreme persecution.

He does state that Nik is not his real name, nor are the names given in the book real. He changes the names of all the people and of  some of the nations to protect the identity of the believers in those nations.

This is an easy to read book that flows smoothly and steadily. At points you will want to cry for the torture that some of the people endured for the name of Jesus. At other times you will rejoice and be amazed to hear of the testimonies of the people who survived extreme persecution.

You will also be challenged in how do you live your life for God. God’s ways are not our ways and often do not make sense. This is where the insanity of God comes into the picture.

At one point he was asked if he thought persecution was coming to America. He stated, “Why would Satan bother with us when we are already accomplishing his goal? He will likely conclude it is better to let us sleep.” (page 211)

I encourage you to read this book and be challenged to be a witness for Jesus at all costs, so that all may have a chance to have eternal life in Jesus.