Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those who Stood for Jesus : the Ultimate Jesus Freaks

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Albury Pub., 1999 - Religion - 368 pages
Christian recording group, dc Talk, captures the hearts of young people with this gripping compilation of stories about martyrs past and present. They tell of those who gave it all for God and are the ultimate Jesus Freaks. Young and old alike will ask themselves what they are trading their lives for!

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If you want to be challenged to live the Christian life in spite of those who would disagree with you, then read these stories of people who died for what they believe in. It will give one a whole new ... Read full review

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I, Minister Robert Hale, was just checking out from the register at Walmart when the Holy Spirit of Christ spoke to me and instructed me to go back to the book stand. I said, "Thank-you God! I remember now I am all out of bibles to give away", thinking that was the reason. When I got in front of the section containing bibles and such the Holy Spirit suddenly gave me tunnel vision (A proven method that God uses with me when He wants to direct my path) and would not let me focus on anything but this Jesus Freaks book. I opened the book and read a story about a saint who was jailed back during the 1500's and was ready to be burned at the stake the next day for his preaching with-out the approval of the High Church then in rule of the saint's country. (Why America became a country, the freedom to worship!). How that one of his fellow inmates needed to know if this Christ God was real or not in the way that the saint preached, that salvation was by grace thru faith. The challenge given was for the saint to clap his hands after he died by being burned. After prayer the saint told the fellow inmate that he would do just that. Well the word got around. Soon the prison and the guards knew the promise given. This saint was very popular with the people of the village and quickly word was told. Word also got to the High Church officials who ordered that the fire be overbuilt and made hotter than normal. Well the next day they burned the saint at the stake with the better part of the village watching. It was nothing but a smoldering black skeleton still at the stake, and most had given up when suddenly the hand bones clapped, not once but three times!... Needless-to-say I bought the Book!  


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About the author (1999)

Since releasing their album Jesus Freak, dc Talk has emerged as a leader in the pursuit of melding rock 'n' roll with provocative questions of faith. Although various rock predecessors have examined spiritual issues--U2, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan immediately come to mind--dc Talk has taken the notion to new lengths, both in commercial terms and depth of artistic exploration. Numerous Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, two platinum albums, one gold album, and two gold-certified long-form videos attest to the group's ability to bridge the gap between religious and secular audiences. "We are very open about our Christian faith," says Toby McKeehan, "but when we make our records we want to create a musical experience that anyone can immerse themselves in. One of our goals is to encourage listeners to question themselves and to seek out truth."

Authoring the books in the JESUS FREAKS series is the newest venture in an ongoing growth process which began when the three members first met in the mid-1980s while attending college in Virginia. After relocating to Nashville, dc Talk released a series of increasingly ambitious-and successful-albums, beginning with their self-titled 1989 debut; followed by their gold-certified 1990 sophomore album Nu Thang; the platinum-certified 1992 opus Free at Last; 1995's Jesus Freak, a platinum-plus watershed which afforded the group more mainstream success than ever before; and 1998's Supernatural, which reflects the maturity and sophistication of their latest stage of development and growth. They have sold over seven million albums and have won four Grammys.

With Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks Volume II: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World Fearing God, Not Man, they launch into a new media form to challege readers to question their standards of faith and dedication. By giving these stories a platform from which to be heard, they hope to impact the world in a way they never have before.

Whether forging strong bonds with concert audiences, expressing their faith in the recording studio, or confronting readers with no-compromise stories of commitment, dc Talk strives to treat their audiences as equals rather than receptors. McKeehan says,"We want to create art that encourages people to think about the things we think about-spiritual issues and truth." Max adds, "Just as we all share the idea of caring and conscience, we also share the hunger to find truth and meaning in life."

With Jesus Freaks Volume II, dc Talk once again encourages each of us to set out on our journey to discover our response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Visit the Jesus Freaks Web site at and the band Web site at

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