Cox's Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs
The classic 'Fox's Book of Martyrs' has long been regarded as a source of spiritual inspiration with its stories of those prepared to die for their faith. This contemporary version gives an equally inspiring account of living saints, enlightening the dark side of stories of martyrdom as well as celebrating the faith of Christians from around the world.
'During my work with the persecuted church, I have met many people who are suffering for their faith and I always return from my travels humbled and inspired by their courage, faith, dignity and "miracles of grace". Many stories of those living on the frontiers of faith illustrate spiritual blessings such as joy, peace and love in ways which are far from depressing.'
- Caroline Cox
These stories illustrate ways in which men and women experience a transformation of their lives through a dynamic relationship with their living God, whom they love so deeply that they are willing to sacrifice all they have for him and in his service.
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I have only read parts of this book. For me this is a humbling book. It impressed me with the diligence to evidence gathering. I'm aware many believe evangelists 'get what they deserve' or at least are in some way responsible. I reject that, whilst acknowledging that I don't think I would be so brave as to preach in dangerous places. Not that all were preachers. Some of these people were simply determined about doing something good in the world. I think terror wins if this makes me back away from making my contribution. I feel inspired to at least be as loving as I can today by these people's willingness to give.
Love like an ocean
Mystery not misery
Paying the ultimate price
A new martyr for a new millennium
Known to God
The high price of revolution
Uganda an African crucible
Killed in action
The Middle East
Iraq past affliction and uncertain future
The fruit of persecution in Israel
Irans saints and martyrs a faithful remnant
Eastern Europes giants against injustice
Suffering a Soviet familys inheritance
Holding fast to faith
Karabakh keeping the faith in a struggle
Sudan cathedral under a tamarind tree