• The Insanity of God

  • A True Story of Faith Resurrected
  • By: Nik Ripken, Gregg Lewis
  • Narrated by: Joe Geoffrey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,106 ratings)

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The Insanity of God

By: Nik Ripken,Gregg Lewis
Narrated by: Joe Geoffrey
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The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and he was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the Gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?" It sure didn't work in Somalia.

Nik recalls, "God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was he enough for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those circumstances?" It is a question that many have asked and one that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith. How does faith survive, let alone flourish, in a place like the Middle East? How can Ggod truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say "greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world" when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world's toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how?

The Insanity of God tells a story - a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story - of the Ripkens' own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on Earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.

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AMAZING Stories!

For the devout Christian, a book about Faith does not get more inspiring. This book tells the true story about a man who is a modern day Paul from the Bible. From the middle east to Russia, and China, this man's travels will keep you reading and will encourage you to dig deeper in your faith.

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Simply amazing.

One of the most important books I've ever purchased on Audible. Highly recommend. I will be sharing with many

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You have got to read it!

If you have any belief in God ...or maybe you don't at all, this book is full of amazing true stories sure to make you cry and laugh and pray.

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Inspiration for Christians

This story chronicles experiences in Africa and Asia. Many will not travel to these beautiful places, but all Christians can learn about the story of His glory. The central character if this book is God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If you live where God is, you can also benefit from these heart-warming stories of comfort, tragedy, despair, suffering, loneliness, and triumph.

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Wake up Christians

I finished listening to this audiobook today. I may of thought many of the stories exaggerated or even made up. But then I was informed also today an 84yr old Catholic priest was beheaded as he celebrated morning mass as he would not renounce belief in Jesus. I guess I believed the author all along as I listened with the beheading solidifing it's truth. It is difficult to pray for one prosecutors. Even harder to forgive them. However that is what Jesus calls us to do if we are true believers & followers of his. U do not need to read this book to know the persecution of Christians that are happening all over the world today. But what it does inform us Christian's is that persecution has always been a part of our faith. and it's still going on everywhere today'. I highly recommend this book. I went with the author from his initial belief to his growth in true believe in the resurrected Christ and how Jesus Christ will always remain true to us will never be squashed and his love rains truer the more persecuted the culture the more growth and power Jesus love flourishes in his church and its members. the current situation as the world is today Jesus's words ring more true to us westerners. What is in the darkness will be brought into the light.

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Beyond my expectations!

I selected this book because it was in sync with how I was feeling at my job in corporate America-a workplace where now the words Christmas and Easter are not acknowledged by the organization. While mild, the 'persecution' towards Christianity is being felt and is becoming more evident in the Western world. This book not only addressed my greatest fears, but it also readjusted my perspective on persecution and my relationship with God overall. Praise God for this book and the work it took to achieve it!

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This book touched my heart

From beginning to end, I found myself crying as I listened to the poignant testimony of the persecuted believers, who in spite of the danger to themselves and their families, gave their all to our Savior Jesus. Hallelujah!

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Fantastic

This book had many great small stories and inspirational stories. Every Christian in America should read this book.

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Incredible

This story is simply incredible. It caused me to see God in a similar light in which I had seen Him in Haiti. I cried several times as I was overwhelmed by the love of people and God throughout the book. I am profoundly humbled. I honestly find myself without sufficient words to describe my interaction with God as I listened to this book. Well done.

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Excellent

Listened to entire book in 5 days and at over 10 hours, I felt as if I had traveled the world and met all these people who walk with Jesus daily at great cost.

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  • Rem Fat
  • 01-05-20

it simoly says *check yourself*

excellent
we truly need to re-evaluate our beliefs, standpoints, actions and inactions!
Jesus expects much more from us if we truly believe

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  • Matthew Craig
  • 02-05-19

Brilliant, life changing, a must!

Read this book! You won't regret it ever. Unless of course you want a comfortable life without the call of Jesus upon it!

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  • elmonds
  • 04-16-18

truth shall set you free

this is an honest and truthful book.
it will change ones perspectives of life.
we are beyond spoilt in western countries. read this book to have your perspectives aligned more closely with Gods

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  • Claire
  • 03-05-17

Couldn't stop listening. Powerful and beautiful.

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I learnt so much in this audiobook, it has totally inspired me to learn more, do more, and change, to somehow help those persecuted christians and all those suffering around the world. A great story also. I often find audiobooks hard to focus on whilst driving, this one was just so powerful I didn't want to stop listening. Beautifully written and narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-22

Faith Strengthing

God really challenged me in the wonderful wines of faith in action. It is a must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-22

The Grace of God

incredible to listen to the courage endurance and love for Christ Jesus. it's like standing in the presence of the Almighty told by incredibly faithful servants.

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  • sandra
  • 02-10-21

Great book and insipiring stories

l enjoyed the book it opened my eyes on how we take things for granted in life,it took me over 3months to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-20

this book will open your eyes as a Christian

amazing book. reading Nik' and Ruth's story made me fall in love with my God again and again

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  • AJ
  • 10-16-19

Deep challenging story with good questions

Well read and Very easy to listen to. Confronting story st the start that sounds alot like most christian stories and then he becomes a missionary and is confronted by really bad/evil stuff and wonders where God is while this is going on. The rest of the book is that journey .... and it is not what I expected. Good? Yes! Challenging? Yes!!! I will not be the same. This is not your usual missionary tale/s. There is some foundational lesson that can be learned, that if implemented will change your life, even your world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

Inspiring, Eye Opening, Transformational

The first half of the book is good and the second half is great. If you want spiritual growth, to have your eyes opened to the power of Christ and the impact of Christianity in a refreshing way, if you want your own spiritual transformation I recommend this book.

It talks about people's interactions with God in difficult situations. It opened my eyes to a more powerful love for God and people. It made me want to be closer to God. Interestingly as a Christian hearing the struggles people willingly face in different parts of the world helped temptation in my life to loose its grip and power.

God used this book to speak to me. I think he would do that to anyone who picks it up with an open heart to what God will say to them through it.

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  • Scott M
  • 03-06-18

Amazing and challenging book

I hope and pray that the examples of believers who live in persecution don't just wash over me. Their measure of faith will be amazing to anyone in the Western church. They are so much more like the early church than we are and they are truly inspirational.

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  • Andy
  • 01-06-17

Challenging yet inspiring.

It started out quite discouraging but through the crescendo, it enlarged my view of God.