Thursday, November 09, 2006
Safely Home by Ron DiCianni © 2006. Image used by Permission. TapestryProductions
Here's a link to follow for more information on this incredible painting. Go visit and read the description and Artist's Notes.
I chose this picture before for my posting on The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church because it is such a powerful image to me. I first saw this painting underneath the dustjacket for the book Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. I have read Safely Home probably 8-10 times. I've lost track. It is that good. It is that powerful. I highly recommend it, and I'm pretty particular about what I recommend. The book is amazing on so many levels.
It is mostly set in modern-day China and follows the very different lives of two former college roommates who have very different lives. I do not wish to spoil it for you, so I will say no more except: READ IT!!
This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Reading Safely Home will bring to life the stories of our brothers and sisters around the world that we need to be praying for everyday. May I suggest reading it yourself, or as a family? It deals with some pretty harsh realities of Christians in China, but what Alcorn has written is happening everyday.
Having lived in China myself, I can attest to his accurate descriptions of the place. No, I did not witness the persecutions he details because I was a foreigner living there, but his writing made me feel like I was there again. Please, take time to pray, not just on Sunday, but everyday for our Brothers And Sisters In Chains. Remember the BASICs. Visit the Voice of the Martyrs site as well for ideas on how to be a part of praying and supporting the Church around the world.