By Joanna Reed Shelton
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 impression in Asia, as visible throughout the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.
This actual tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to accountability, and unwavering religion sheds new gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's major democracy activists and the missionaries' function in supporting rework Japan from a kingdom governed via shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one business powerhouse. It addresses common topics 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 develop into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kinfolk tale is a studying experience 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 film stars, missionaries have been those who held my cognizance. 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 non secular Theology, Regent collage, BC
"Joanna Shelton's extraordinary examine finds the superb tale of Itagaki Taisuke's invitation to her great-grandfather and his fellow missionaries to evangelise Christianity in Itagaki's local Tosa area. Itagaki, who was once on Japan's a hundred yen invoice some time past, was once chief of the democratic stream within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political celebration, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic social gathering of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former overseas Minister and atmosphere Minister of Japan; former member condominium of Councilors (upper condominium 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 by way of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This attention-grabbing, frequently poignant tale could be learn by way of critical students and normal readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan starting place and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins tuition of complex foreign reports (SAIS)
"Anyone drawn to how one individual could have an important effect throughout borders and limits in modern day international might 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 two decades, she used to be in detail considering 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 course. After lengthy maintaining 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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