By Joanna Reed Shelton
A Christian within the Land of the Gods bargains 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 effect in Asia, as visible during the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.
This real tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to responsibility, and unwavering religion sheds new mild on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's top democracy activists and the missionaries' function in assisting rework Japan from a kingdom governed by means of shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one commercial powerhouse. It addresses common topics of affection, loss, and the iconic energy of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one possible 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 studying event 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 via 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 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 examine unearths 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 used to be on Japan's a hundred yen invoice long ago, used to be chief of the democratic flow within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political get together, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic occasion of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former international Minister and setting Minister of Japan; former member condo of Councilors (upper condo of the Diet); Professor, Meiji Institute for worldwide Affairs, Tokyo
"Shelton's hugely enticing narrative approximately her great-grandfather opens a window into Japan's turbulent transition from rule via shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This attention-grabbing, usually poignant tale could be learn by way of severe students and normal readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan starting place and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins institution of complicated foreign stories (SAIS)
"Anyone attracted to how one individual could have an important influence throughout borders and bounds in latest international may 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 focused on US-Japan family in more and more senior positions of presidency and international relations. A quest for wisdom approximately her great-grandfather's existence and paintings in Japan introduced her on a brand new direction. 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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