By Joanna Reed Shelton
A Christian within the Land of the Gods deals an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted through nineteenth-century missionaries operating to plant their religion in a rustic simply rising from and a part centuries of self-imposed seclusion. The narrative happens opposed to the backdrop of wrenching swap in Japan and nice energy jockeying for territory and effect in Asia, as noticeable in the course of the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.
This real tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to accountability, and unwavering religion sheds new gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's best democracy activists and the missionaries' function in supporting remodel Japan from a state governed by means of shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one commercial powerhouse. It addresses common issues of affection, loss, and the long-lasting energy of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one doubtless usual individual can swap lives greater than she or he ever realizes.
"It will be difficult to visualize a cultural adjustment extra serious or extra harmful than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to develop into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kinfolk tale is a interpreting experience really worth taking and enjoying."
--Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor of Tennessee 1979-1987, Maryville, TN
"I grew up in a church tradition within which my heroes have been missionaries; whereas my contemporaries have been awed by way of athletes and film stars, missionaries have been those who held my consciousness. They nonetheless do. . . . during this memoir of her great-grandfather, Shelton provides yet one more 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 awesome study unearths the fantastic tale of Itagaki Taisuke's invitation to her great-grandfather and his fellow missionaries to evangelise Christianity in Itagaki's local Tosa zone. Itagaki, who used to be on Japan's a hundred yen invoice some time past, used to be chief of the democratic flow within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political occasion, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic occasion of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former international Minister and atmosphere Minister of Japan; former member residence of Councilors (upper apartment of the Diet); Professor, Meiji Institute for international Affairs, Tokyo
"Shelton's hugely enticing narrative approximately her great-grandfather opens a window into Japan's turbulent transition from rule through shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This interesting, usually poignant tale will be learn via critical students and basic readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan origin and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins college of complex foreign stories (SAIS)
"Anyone attracted to how one individual could have an important impression throughout borders and bounds in trendy international may be impacted through this book."
--The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary
Joanna Reed Shelton lives along with her husband in Montana's Rocky Mountain Northwest. For greater than 20 years, she used to be in detail fascinated with US-Japan family 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 retaining 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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