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Dragon Ride: True Stories of Adventure, Miracles, and Evangelism from China Kindle Edition
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Twenty-year-old Peter, when threatened with incarceration in a mental institution for his faith, refused to let Grace fight for his release. “If leaving me in the mental institution will further the gospel, then leave me there!”
The first time Doris, an orthodox Buddhist, heard about Jesus, she whispered to Grace, “Don’t tell anyone that Jesus died for us. This will be our secret!”
The police were interrogating 19-year-old Hope every few days—pressuring her to disclose Grace and Justin’s ministry to university students. With tears in her eyes, she told Grace and Justin, “I’ll never betray you two, no matter what they do to me!”
Leah, an idol-worshipper, longed to become a Christian, but she was afraid. “If I believe in Jesus, the gods I worship are going to retaliate. They’ll hurt me really bad. Is Jesus powerful enough to protect me from them?”
In the kick-off meeting of a discussion group Grace was leading for atheist university students, Carol burst out laughing. “Grace, you can’t be serious! You actually believe God exists?”
In Dragon Ride, the beauty of the Lord is seen through the eyes of Buddhists, atheists, idol-worshippers, Muslims, and an animist as they encounter Jesus. Dragon Ride records the actual conversations Grace had with her friends, and many of them embraced Christ as the answer to their deepest longings.
Grace writes about persecution, evading the police, saving lives, helping the homeless and disabled, and she even writes about the murder of a friend. But more importantly, she writes of a God who acts on behalf of His children, of a faith that grew in the crucible of China, and of learning how to effectively share the gospel.
Grace’s stories are raw, personal, and humorous, and she openly shares about her own spiritual struggles and growth.
Norman Geisler, Ph.D.
Apologist and co-author of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
"There are books that we should read, and books that we want to read. This book is a rare blend of both. Grace Jacob has written an important book about her 29 years as a career missionary in China with her husband and family. The stories are riveting, and it is literally a compulsive page-turner. Jacob's writing style is clear, descriptive and emotionally-accessible, and I could hardly put it down. It challenged me in how I need to address the felt needs of people I want to share Christ with, in my own sphere of influence."
Dr. John Townsend, New York Times bestselling author, and co-author of Boundaries, from the Foreword
"Buckle your seat belts for an adventure at every turn (of the page) and in multiple dimensions! I could not put it down. Grace, the author and guide to this adventure, has chosen vignette after vignette to immerse you into the 'not-for-the-faint-of-heart' challenges and realities of living and working in China and following a God-given north star. And, the adventure is made even more vivid because it is told with truth, grit, wit, wisdom, and heart. Yet it gets better than that because of Grace's blessed awareness of physical, spiritual, cultural, and biblical contexts. Grace's battle-tested journey—and the journeys of those she loves—are on view. You'll be boldly encouraged and inspired to answer God's call for your own life."
Dr. Benjamin K. Homan
President, Langham Partnership (formerly John Stott Ministries)
"As an American pastor I've always dreamt of spending time in a far-away culture as a gospel carrier ... But the reality is that I probably never will. And yet, after reading Dragon Ride, I feel that I have. I feel as though I've been a missionary in China without ever stepping foot on its soil. Every fear, tear, struggle, adjustment, joy, relationship, conversation, and gospel triumph recorded here became mine. Honest, sincere, human, and accessible. I found this work extremely easy to pick up and hard to put down. But what inspired me the most was the gospel-centered intentionality and heart of Grace. She was a woman, a wife, and a mother on mission, to the glory of God. I will be putting this book in the hands of everyone in our church, that we, too, may be diligently committed to tell the good news of him who saves all people everywhere. Evangelistically inspiring!"
Pastor, The Door, Three Rivers, OR
"You will laugh and be inspired as you witness this bold family live out their faith."
Pastor, Richvale Evangelical Free Church, Richvale, CA
"Having lived for 20 years in China, one observes a range of people who come and go. Some, and rightfully so, are there for only a brief season, know little of the people and culture, and leave with an interesting life experience. A very few others integrate into the culture and become vital contributors to the expansion of God's kingdom in that great land. The Jacobs are most definitely in the latter category. Observing their lives and ministry was one of the great privileges of our life in Asia."
Tom Lowder, ThM, PhD
"This is a beautifully written story of a courageous American woman who, along with her husband and two sons, made her home in China for 29 years. It describes her unsettling journey as a young person through atheism, and then traces her extraordinary life in coming to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. Why should any of us pay the cost of being an authentic follower of Jesus? Dragon Ride shows us that a lifetime of overcoming hurts and obstacles in loving obedience to Jesus is never a waste, but is a doorway to the most fruitful, adventurous, and meaningful life possible. This amazing, life-changing story of one who gave up everything for the sake of giving voice to Christ's culture-embracing love beautifully illustrates the words of Jesus when he said 'For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.'" (Mark 8:35, NASB)
Pastor Emeritus, New Hope Church, Winston, OR
Ministry Resource, Emmanuel Reformed Church, Castleton, NY
"I never imagined I'd see God moving in a Communist country like China until I got to know Grace and Justin. They worked underground, secretly sharing God's grace in Jesus Christ. Dragon Ride is an inspiring story of God's call, his equipping, and his faithfulness to carry out the task."
Area Director, Charlotte/Knoxville
Joni and Friends International Disability Ministry
"This is a thrilling account of the grace of God demonstrated in the lives of humble servants who were called to a seemingly impossible assignment in China. Justin and Grace Jacob shine with the beauty of Jesus when facing danger, stress, illness, persecution, trials, and spiritual warfare."
Dr. John H Munro
Senior Pastor, Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC
"Dragon Ride is a well-written and insightful look into the lives of missionaries serving in a creative access country. It is filled with true life experiences shared in an easy-to-read short story format. I also found the author's candid honesty about her personal challenges refreshing, particularly as they demonstrate what God can accomplish through fallible human beings who obey God's directions and courageously follow him. In short, an inspiring book."
Dr. Jim Isaacson
Pastor, Portland Avenue Evangelical Free Church, Tacoma, WA.
"When I'm not laughing, crying, or repenting, creepy chills are running down my spine."
Suzette, a homemaker, while reading Dragon Ride
About the Author
- ASIN : B0735LRPVF
- Publisher : XP (June 22, 2017)
- Publication date : June 22, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1181 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 069287917X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #600,760 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
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In the early years it seemed she presented the Christian gospel basically as a means for coping with life's hardships that was better than what the other prevailing religions and philosopies offered. This may have been because her gospel contacts often demanded to be convinced that Christianity, should they accept and believe it, would be of greater benefit to them.
I think a turning point in her evangelism occurred as she began to gain deep insights into their world views and how they were shaped, i.e. 1) the Daoist roots of Chinese culture which does not consider telling the truth important but rather avoids interpersonal conflict at all costs so snooth relationships can be maintained, 2) Confucianism and it's rules of social responsibility which place blood relationships at the core and foreign relations at the outer rim, and 3) Communism with its indoctrination that God and the Bible are mere myths.
Grace understood that the Chinese culture considers people as being naturally good. She also understood they do not submit to absolute truth, therefore, bringing up the subject of sin was a challenge for her. None of the young women in her first university discussion group thought they were sinful and why would they when they were raised to believe there are no absolutes. Nevertheless she forged on until there was a breakthrough and they realized what sin was and what it looked like in life. The women seemed to realize things can be changed, even they themselves could be changed, when you begin to call out things as sin rather than excusing all actions and rationalizing them as products of genetics, or the environment, or the culture. I found her approach really good and was so excited when one of the girls in the group amazingly came to the conclusion all on her own that Christianity is completely different from Buddhism because Christianity is a relationship! They were led to understand relationship with God is the biggest thing possible but without repentance and forgiveness that relationship is impossible. Only God's own plan of salvation makes it possible. Praise God for the power of the gospel to change lives.
I'm reminded of Acts 5:39 in regard to the spread of Christianity in China... "if it is of God, you will not be able to stop [it], you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
As I read this book almost every page shared hardships encountered and how the Lord supported them through them. Some were so crippling to ministry that if not for their faith in God's calling to China it would have been hard to stay. I was so impressed with their steadfastness over the years that I likened their resolve and commitment to their work and ministry as the Apostle Paul was to his.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is an easy read, with short chapters, each a self-standing story, but all hanging together in chronological order over the 30 plus years of Jacob's life covered here. The reading is easy, but the issues treated are deep. Readers of all ages and abilities will find the book engaging.