Available for pre-order this week is Asia: Its People and History. This wonderful resource for learning about Asia was written by Bonnie Rose Hudson. It will retail for $6.95, but it is on sale through February 23 for just $4.95. Watch the video to learn more about the book and read a couple of questions specifically about the book from the author interview below:
Question: What is one lesson you learned from writing this book?
Bonnie:That God's plans are far better and wiser than any we could make on our own.
Question: What is the 10/40 window, and how did you become interested in it?
Bonnie: The 10/40 Window is a geographical area of the world roughly between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The significance of this area is that it is home to over 4.5 billion people, over 8,000 different people groups, and some of the largest groups of unreached people in the entire world. More than 80% of the world’s poorest people live in the 10/40 window. It is an area that many people are taking intentional steps to pray for and reach out to the people who live there. You can read an excellent description of the significance of the 10/40 Window on JoshuaProject.net (http://www.joshuaproject.net/10-40-window.php)
Several years ago, God began to turn my heart’s attention to the stories of the persecuted Church. I had always had a heart for the persecuted in China, but I never grasped how widespread the persecution of Christians was until much later. I started reading about men and women who lived in Laos and Burma, India and Pakistan, and many other places. They were suffering terribly for their faith in Christ. This wasn’t the stories of the heroes of the faith of yesterday that I had grown up hearing about, or what I had thought were isolated stories from one nation. These were stories of families–including children–who were suffering right at that very moment for their faith.
Reading their stories gave me a burden and broke my heart. I had to do something, but I didn’t know what. Writing and sharing about their stories gave me a way to process what I was reading and feeling and a way to hopefully encourage others to become involved and share their stories as well.