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This story is captivating, interesting and true. It is well written, reads smoothly and holds your attention. It is the story of a young couple who devote themselves to an unreached tribe in Indonesia. Invited to stay by the tribe's leadership, they risk their health and their very lives. They learn the language of the people and, for the first time, write it down. I actually met this family last year and heard Scott speak. This book is as intriguing as his stories are in person. Don't miss this this fascinating book.
This is, without a doubt, one of the more remarkable books/stories I have ever read. The true story is of a couple who went to a primative group of people in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, who had never seen a white person before. They went to share their faith with them and put the Bible in their language and then teach it to them, as well as how to read it for themselves. In fact they are still there finishing the project and have been for many years now. The living conditions are, to say the least, very primative and ones that not many people could tolerate. The way they lived and the impact they have had on this people group is profound and much to be admired!!! It is definitely a "can't put down" book. It could stand a little editing at times, but that doesn't detract from the story and, considering the circumstances under which it was written, all too amazing. I would recommend the book to anybody who wants a good and an inspiring read.
Prophecies of Pale Skin is an incredible testament of the power of the Holy Spirit who prepared the hearts of people on different sides of the globe to coincide for the purpose of making the name of Jesus Christ great. This well written book documents the incredible journey of two young newlyweds as they obeyed the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Through constant trial and adversity they continually obeyed the direction of the Holy Spirit as He led them to one of the most remote people groups on earth only to find they had long awaited their arrival.
The author does a terrific job of weaving humor, excitement, joy and fear as he tells of the struggles he and his wife faced to not only reach the Dao people but also while learning their language and customs. They truly believe the words of George Whitefield, "We are immortal until our work is done" (p180).
I would strongly recommend this book for readers of all ages and of all walks of life. It is very easy to read and will keep you engaged throughout. I found it building my faith while challenging me to renew my commitment to play a part in sharing the Gospel. Whether you are in the remotest of jungles or a sprawling urban city the book is a great encouragement.
When I read Scott's background; including his questioning of Christianity and desire to find truth under all the layers of custom and tradition we cling to in our religion, I found myself reflected back at me in his story. Prophecies of Pale Skin speaks of how ordinary people can be used by God to do extraordinary things. We do not need to be famous, or professionally trained, or even all that gifted (in the eyes of the world), we only need to be willing.
Time and again the book reminded me of just how normal Scott and Jennie are. They were not fictional heroes without faults or failures; they had the same problems, questions, and doubts that any of us might have. Even the writing of the book is normal and conversational (with some of the same trappings we fall into in our everyday speech), yet they also had faith. The faith they had is the same trust in God that we could have, if we would only step out on what we claim to believe.
The book is an excellent read. I urge anyone who wants more out of life to pick it up. I have bought the book for myself, and now am getting another copy to share with friends. The world is much bigger than our daily routines would lead us to believe. There is a much more important job to be done than the one that results in a mere paycheck.
Bought this for my dad for Christmas. He finished it in under 2 days because he couldn't put the book down. Everytime I saw him on the following days he was reading this book and then taking breaks to enthusiastically share what was happening in the book. Thank you for providing a great testimony of what God has done and is doing through your ministry, and for helping me give my dad a great gift!
You need to buy this book! The work that the author and his wife are doing is amazing and by buying this book, you can help become part of it. If you are looking for a book about missionaries, this is the book. It was through this family that I found the Missionary organization Helimission that I want to fly with.
You won't regret buying and reading or sharing this book.
I have met the author of this book and have heard him speak but to read in depth of his family's experiences and to spend time digesting the written accounts has been very inspiring. This is a book that teens should read whether they are Christians or not. Others who have questioned their faith or have questioned the Christian faith of others would be enlightened.
This book has it all! From Christian to Humanitarian to Heathen something for everyone. Adventure, love, committment, caring, sacrifice, giving of oneself, unselfish love, mystery it is all there. A must read especially when I actually had the opportunity to listen to Bro. Phillips speak of his love and devotion to these people S
This is a fantastic book. There are a lot of missionary stories out there but this is the newest and most relate-able one I've read. The couple and their story are very personally compelling, the way the story of their work is told is really excellent in teaching missiology without being dry and boring, and the Papuan tribal life is really fascinating. And, above it all, God at work!
Not since Jim Elliot has there been a missions story that has been both as compelling and moving as the Prophecies of the Pale Skin. The cultural sensitivity and understanding that the Phillips' showed goes to the heart of true missions work. They did not seek to change the culture but learn from it. They used the tribal customs and understanding to share the truth of God's word. Through their work a nation of people have been reached with the gospel.