By Joanna Reed Shelton
A Christian within the Land of the Gods deals an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted via 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 strength jockeying for territory and impact in Asia, as obvious 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 gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's major democracy activists and the missionaries' function in aiding rework Japan from a country governed via 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 probably usual individual can switch lives greater than she or he ever realizes.
"It will be difficult to visualize a cultural adjustment extra serious or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to turn into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kin tale is a analyzing event 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 picture stars, missionaries have been those who held my consciousness. 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 collage, BC
"Joanna Shelton's amazing learn 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 quarter. Itagaki, who was once on Japan's a hundred yen invoice long ago, used to be chief of the democratic move within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political social gathering, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic get together of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former international Minister and surroundings Minister of Japan; former member condominium of Councilors (upper condominium 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 way of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This interesting, usually poignant tale may be learn by means of critical students and basic readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan origin and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins university of complex overseas stories (SAIS)
"Anyone drawn to how one individual could have an important impression throughout borders and bounds in present day global might be impacted via 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 was once in detail concerned with US-Japan relatives 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 course. After lengthy preserving faith at arm's size, she now serves as an elder within the Presbyterian Church (USA). Please stopover at her site: www.joannashelton.com.
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