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 strength jockeying for territory and impression 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 supporting remodel Japan from a state governed through shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one business powerhouse. It addresses common topics of affection, loss, and the long-lasting energy of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one doubtless usual individual can swap lives greater than she or he ever realizes.
"It will be tough to visualize a cultural adjustment extra critical or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to develop into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's relatives 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 via athletes and picture stars, missionaries have been those who held my realization. They nonetheless do. . . . during this memoir of her great-grandfather, Shelton provides yet one more 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 examine finds the fantastic tale of Itagaki Taisuke's invitation to her great-grandfather and his fellow missionaries to evangelise Christianity in Itagaki's local Tosa sector. Itagaki, who used to be on Japan's a hundred yen invoice long ago, used to be chief of the democratic circulate 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 apartment of Councilors (upper condominium 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 through shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This interesting, frequently poignant tale could be learn via severe students and common readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan beginning and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins tuition of complex overseas experiences (SAIS)
"Anyone attracted to how one individual may have an important impression throughout borders and bounds in modern-day international can be impacted by way of 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 two decades, she used to be in detail enthusiastic about 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 retaining 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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