An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller

An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World was an intriguing book to read. Not only did I learn much about the religious atmosphere in many countries around the world, I feel better informed about the tenuous plight of Christians in those countries.

In a thoughtful, well organized book, author Brian C. Stiller introduces us to approximately 50 countries where Christians reside and bear witness of Christ, regardless of formidable obstacles. Each chapter covers a difference country. A brief, visual chapter introduction give a concise geographical and political summary, followed by a country dispatch that explains how the current cultural and political atmospheres affect Christians in that country.

Especially poignant throughout the book are the stories that Brian shares from his travels about how Christians are making a difference as they share their faith in very harsh and often unfavorable circumstances. In the final part of each chapter, Brian suggests how we as Christians can pray for Christians who live and testify in difficult circumstances.

Despite reading about the problematic situations of many Christians around the world, I found this book offers hope to all Christians, hope that despite awe-inspiring challenges, the message of Jesus Christ is spreading throughout the world, and our prayers can help.  Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller for my candid review.