Jesus Freaks is a book of devotions for teens. Somebody at my church gave a copy to my two older daughters and they actually read it! I think it was a confirmation gift. Dad, of course, was very interested in what the book had to say, so I started to read it too. It’s a book about people who have followed Jesus and lost their lives doing it. Most of the stories are from the 20th Century, and include stories of teens. Stephen the first martyr is also covered. It’s a bit shocking, which means teens will eat it up. But Jesus was shocking too and lost his life as well… so Jesus Freaks has a good precedent.
Here are the links to the Jesus Freak books at Christianbooks.com. Good prices too…
The author “de Talk” has several versions out. I’ve just read Martyrs and Revolutionaries.
|Jesus Freaks: Martyrs
By dc Talk & the Voice of the Martyrs / BethanyWith life-changing impact, dc Talk’s first book, Jesus Freaks, has captured the attention of Christians of all ages with its stories of Christian martyrs who took a stand for Christ against the culture of their day. Re-released as Jesus Freaks: Martyrs, you’ll be challenged to examine your own faith and dedication with compelling real-life stories of believers who refused to deny Jesus–even in the face of death.
|Jesus Freaks Volume II: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World Fearing God, Not Man
By dc Talk / BethanyVolume II features testimonies of revolutionaries who took a stand for Christ against the culture of their day, along with new stories of martyrs through the centuries. dc Talk again challenges readers to pray for the persecuted church around the world and openly stand for Jesus.
Jesus Freaks reminds me of one of my favorite books of this type: CONVERSIONS. (Now retitled “Famous Conversions”) The book was written by John Mulder the president of my seminary and Hugh Kerr. It is a collection of stories about famous Christians and their conversion experiences, ie, “how they came to believe in Christ.” Paul, Augustine, various saints, and many many famous contemporary Christians. The variety of their ‘conversion’ experiences is what struck me. Great sermon fodder too!
BTW… Do you have your own “conversion” experience? I’ll bet you do.
One of the things I learned by reading about other people’s conversions is how often they are NOT dramatic, but rather, gradual. …and SO gradual and undramatic that most people hesitate to call them conversion “experiences.”
And that’s a valuable insight to share with others…
-that conversion is often a process, and not necessarily an “event.” When I preach or talk about this subject in a conversation or classroom, invariably someone will come up to me and say, “thank you” for validating the quiet way in which God had been at work in their life.