• Peace Child

  • An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century
  • By: Don Richardson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)

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An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century

In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology.

The peace child became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and a social revolution from within.

With an epilogue updating how the gospel has impacted the Sawi people, Peace Child will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this unforgettable story and the lessons it teaches us about communicating Christ in a meaningful way to those around us.

©2007 Don Richardson (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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Great first-hand missionary account

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. If you would like to hear a first-hand account from what it is like to be a Christian missionary to a jungle people who may kill you, this is it.

At times it tells the story from the viewpoint of the Sawi people, how they interpreted the world around them, and what the arrival of the missionaries meant to them. It is told in a way in which you can understand their amazement. At other times the missionaries relate their thoughts about their experiences -- their understanding of God's calling for them to preach the Gospel to these people, their love of the Sawi people, the challenges of communication, the personal danger to their family, and the wonderment of how God would eventually work out His purpose through an amazing turn of events.

I was especially amazed at the redemptive analogies the missionaries discovered in the Sawi culture that turned out to be the key to their acceptance of the Gospel message. How do you witness to a people who hold up treachery as an ideal, who "fatten friends for slaughter", and consider Judas to be a hero? Read it and find out.

I thought the narrator did an excellent job. His voice is clear and authoritative, and he didn't stumble on any of the difficult Sawi language terms that were included in the book. At least, not that I could tell!

I highly recommend this book. It will be one that I will listen again.

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AMAZING

This is a must read! The narration is amazing! I have listen to many audio tapes and this is by far the best!

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Excellent!

This book is as fascinating & compelling to listen to as it was to read for the first time some 25 years ago. The narrator does an excellent job.

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A Spiritual Experience

This story is the best I have read for a good long while. I hope it can bring as much joy to your heart as it has mine.

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Inspiring!

Wonderful and exciting telling of a jungle missionary's story! You will not regret purchasing this book!

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Absolutely amazing!

This was one of the best stories I have ever read/heard! I strongly recommend it!

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Heart-wrenching and Powerful

It has been years since I heard a missionary story that challenged and inspired me like this one did.

The power of the gospel is on full display in this true story. It also helps to answer the critics who claim that the unreached tribes and cultures are just fine, and don't need our Christian God.

Many parts of the story are difficult to listen to, especially those describing the treachery, murder, and cannibalism of the tribal people, but it is a necessary part of the story.

Young children might find these things disturbing, so I would not recommend this book for those younger than teen years.

As for the narration. It was superb! One of the best I have heard.

This book will be under the Christmaz tree as a gift this year!

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God prepares the way.

An encouraging story for all of us who struggle with sharing the gospel due to fear or shame or lack of knowing how to even start. If God calls, He also equips. And He goes before us to prepare the way. We just have to be willing to go in faith. May He embolden us all for His glory.

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great book and performer.

the story was inspiring. I felt like the performer was telling the story that he wrote.

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What an inspiring story of the grace of God!

Loved it! Really goes into detail from the indigenous people's POV to give you an understanding into their way of thinking and culture. Beautiful story of God's heart to all His creation and the dedication of the saints of God!

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  • 12-08-21

An amazing story

Opened my eyes to people's bravery. I felt like I was in the story. I was moved to tears in some parts and in awe of the things that God does. I really enjoyed listening.

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  • Renee
  • 06-26-19

Exciting Story! Much love from Australia x

It was a great story! And to know it was true made it more appealing. Unique aswell... Which I like!

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  • Sarah
  • 04-10-17

Great story but a bit slow at times.

Great story but a bit slow at times especially at the beginning of part 2 of the book. but persevere as it gets really good.

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  • Ben Jones
  • 12-11-16

wow

It amazes me the courage these guys had to take the gospel to these people. Not only that, but the trust that no one is too far gone to help. Very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-22

I’m awed

What an extraordinary writer Don Richardson is - a story teller of the highest order. And what an amazing story he has told - respectful of the tribal members of an ancient culture, he finds within in the keys God has planted, to enable them to embrace the Greatest Story Ever Lived - that of restoration, hope and peace, in Jesus. I laughed, smiled, cried, and joined in the joy of Don’s journey as I got to know the men, women and God he loved enough to give up Canadian comforts and head into a jungle, Stone Age culture. Thank you, Don, for an amazing story.

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  • Amy
  • 10-07-21

wow incredible

I loved it! phenomenal story and absolutely displays the love and grace of God. narrator is also the best narrator I've ever heard. over all brilliant