(Book review) Christians in the Crosshairs: Persecution in the Bible and Around the World Today

Reviewed by: Olivia Lauritzen, a professional writing major at Taylor University



Title: Christians in the Crosshairs: Persecution in the Bible and Around the World Today

Author: Gregory C. Cochran

Publisher: Weaver Book Company

Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Format: Print book

Length: 208 pages


A biblical perspective of persecution presented in a theologically sound and consistent manner, this book takes personal stories from believers past and present under the lens of what the Scriptures say about suffering. The author provides biblical examples (Joseph, Daniel, John the Baptist, Jesus himself) who were imprisoned, beaten, even martyred for their beliefs, and he offers modern day examples of people who have been ostracized from society, arrested, deported, exiled, tortured, evicted from homes, and even executed for taking a stand for Christ.  What is revealed is that persecution can come from many sources: it can be brought on by governments; it can come from sects and cults; it can come from sociological cliques and factions; or it can come from class societies and castes.  The scriptures warn Christians that they often will be the targets of harassment and ostracism, and this book shows very specific ways and places and people where this takes place yet today.  It is disturbing, but honest.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Church leaders, prayer teams, small group Bible study students

Christian Impact

Explains and walks the reader through every part of what persecution is, how it works, and what should be expected.

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