By Joanna Reed Shelton
A Christian within the Land of the Gods bargains an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted by way 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 switch in Japan and nice energy jockeying for territory and impact in Asia, as noticeable in the course of the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.
This precise tale of private 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 assisting rework Japan from a state governed through 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 possible usual individual can switch lives greater than she or he ever realizes.
"It will be demanding 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 family members tale is a analyzing event 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 through athletes and picture stars, missionaries have been those who held my awareness. 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 university, BC
"Joanna Shelton's notable learn 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 zone. Itagaki, who was once 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 social gathering, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic get together of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former international Minister and setting Minister of Japan; former member apartment of Councilors (upper residence of the Diet); Professor, Meiji Institute for international Affairs, Tokyo
"Shelton's hugely attractive narrative approximately her great-grandfather opens a window into Japan's turbulent transition from rule by means of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This attention-grabbing, frequently poignant tale will be learn by way of critical students and common readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan starting place and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins tuition of complex foreign stories (SAIS)
"Anyone attracted to how one individual could have an important effect throughout borders and limits in state-of-the-art international should be impacted via this book."
--The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary
Joanna Reed Shelton lives together with her husband in Montana's Rocky Mountain Northwest. For greater than 20 years, she was once in detail considering US-Japan relatives 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 course. After lengthy preserving 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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