A Christian in the Land of the Gods: Journey of Faith in by Joanna Reed Shelton

By Joanna Reed Shelton

In November 1877, 3 months after Emperor Meiji's conscript military of commoners defeated forces led by way of Japan's recognized "last samurai," the Reverend Tom Alexander and his new spouse, Emma, arrived in Japan, a rustic the place Christianity were punishable by way of dying until eventually 1868.

A Christian within the Land of the Gods bargains an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted by means of nineteenth-century missionaries operating to plant their religion in a rustic simply rising from and a part centuries of self-imposed seclusion. The narrative occurs opposed to the backdrop of wrenching swap in Japan and nice energy jockeying for territory and effect in Asia, as visible during the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.

This precise tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to responsibility, and unwavering religion sheds new mild on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's best democracy activists and the missionaries' position in aiding remodel Japan from a country governed through shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one business powerhouse. It addresses common subject matters of affection, loss, and the iconic strength of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one doubtless traditional individual can swap lives greater than she or he ever realizes.

"It will be difficult to visualize a cultural adjustment extra critical or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to develop into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's family members tale is a studying event really worth taking and enjoying."
--Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor of Tennessee 1979-1987, Maryville, TN

"I grew up in a church tradition during which my heroes have been missionaries; whereas my contemporaries have been awed by means of athletes and picture stars, missionaries have been those who held my realization. They nonetheless do. . . . during this memoir of her great-grandfather, Shelton provides yet another riveting tale to my scrapbook of risk-taking and brave witnesses to the Christian faith."
--Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of religious Theology, Regent university, BC

"Joanna Shelton's outstanding learn finds the fantastic tale of Itagaki Taisuke's invitation to her great-grandfather and his fellow missionaries to evangelise Christianity in Itagaki's local Tosa quarter. Itagaki, who was once on Japan's a hundred yen invoice long ago, was once chief of the democratic circulate within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political social gathering, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic social gathering of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former overseas Minister and surroundings Minister of Japan; former member residence of Councilors (upper apartment of the Diet); Professor, Meiji Institute for worldwide Affairs, Tokyo

"Shelton's hugely attractive narrative approximately her great-grandfather opens a window into Japan's turbulent transition from rule by means of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This interesting, usually poignant tale may be learn by way of critical students and common readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan starting place and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins university of complex overseas reports (SAIS)

"Anyone drawn to how one individual could have an important effect throughout borders and bounds in present day international should be impacted by way of this book."
--The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary

Joanna Reed Shelton lives together with her husband in Montana's Rocky Mountain Northwest. For greater than two decades, she was once in detail keen on US-Japan family members in more and more senior positions of presidency and international relations. A quest for wisdom approximately her great-grandfather's lifestyles and paintings in Japan introduced her on a brand new direction. After lengthy preserving faith at arm's size, she now serves as an elder within the Presbyterian Church (USA). Please stopover at her web site: www.joannashelton.com.

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