Safely Home by Randy Alcorn ~ Book Review

Is this the day I die?

Li Quan asks himself this question daily, knowing that he might be killed for practicing his faith. American businessman Ben Fielding has no idea what his brilliant former college roommate is facing in China. He expects his old friend has fulfilled his dream of becoming a university professor. But when they are reunited in China after twenty years, both men are shocked at what they discover about each other. Thrown together in an hour of encroaching darkness, both must make choices that will determine not only the destinies of two men, but two families, two nations, and two worlds.

About The Author

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.
Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.
A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over fifty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.
Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

My Thoughts

How do I begin to review one of the greatest, most moving novels I have read.  When I found this book at my local library, the topic interested me.  This great author has penned many non-fiction books, but few fiction.  I usually write a book review within a few hours of completing it’s reading.  This novel was different.  I savored it from beginning to end, engulfed in the picturesque descriptions of each scene, and had to step away for a couple days to digest it’s content.

Ben, one of two main characters, travels to China, hoping his old friend, Quan, will assist his efforts to begin a new company.  Instead, he discovers Quan living in poverty as a locksmith.  Quan, thrilled to have his Harvard classmate visiting him, is disappointed to hear of Ben’s rejection of his faith in Jesus, which he once held dear.

As his visit progresses, he learns that Quan is a minister, as his father and mother, of an underground church in China.  When persecution escalates, Ben has to decide which path he will continue his walk, and how willing he is to pay the price of whole heartedly following Christ.

The author, throughout the novel, peeled back Heaven, and allowed the reader to hear the conversations between the angels and The King. The perspective of  God’s view on martyrdom, based on Scripture, was a dimension that has placed this novel in the category of classic

Safely Home humbled me, considering how I view the little inconveniences of this life as life changing.  It caused me to question how deeply my faith would grow if placed in the same persecution as Quan.  It made me wonder how the present day church would thrive if placed on the threshing floor of persecution. 

I highly recommend this book.  Check it out at your library, purchase it at your favorite book store, and buy a few copies to give to friends.  It will ignite a fresh fire into your life!