A friend of mine recommended that I read Randy Alcorn's book, Safely Home, but he also said, "Be careful, it will mess you up." I read Safely Home and it "messed me up."
Safely Home is a fictitious novel that compares and contrasts the modern day lives of two men. One man lives and works in the corporate world of the United States of America and one man lives and serves in the world of the underground Christian church in China. In the book, these two men are friends and former college roommates who haven't seen or interacted with one another for twenty years. In the story they re-connect in China and the perspectives of Western Christianity and the persecuted church come crashing together.
In this story is found a glimpse into the throne room of heaven, the ground is stained with the blood of martyrs, the indifference of materialism is exposed, the cries and suffering of the persecuted church are heard and the beauty of committed faith in God is realized.
I came away from reading this book with an ache in my heart for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Safely Home exposed my spiritual apathy and it inspired me to treasure all the more the Word of God and the priceless treasure that it holds within its pages. I don’t want to share more of the story for fear that I might spoil it for you. If you have the time or the inclination, I heartily recommend the enlightening, challenging and inspiring read of Randy Alcorn’s book, Safely Home. But be careful because… “It will mess you up.”