Martyrs of Malatya Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  September 28, 2015
The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey Book Cover The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey
James Wright (pen name)
EP Books
July 1, 2015

On April 18, 2007, three men gave their lives for Jesus Christ. Two Turkish Christians and one German . . . began their day simply wanting to spend time with local men they thought genuinely wanted to study the Bible. Instead, five hostile young men met their kindness and hospitality with betrayal and treachery.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey (EP Books, 2015). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a book that encourages us to understand the Church universal as being all Christian brothers and sisters throughout time and space — realizing that having our political candidate lose (which is often then greatest suffering of a Christian in the United States) is not such a hardship as many are suffering and now wear the white robes of martyrs, waiting for the return of Christ.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler
Rating: 5 Stars

“Our routine day-to-day activities distract us from the greater picture of our lives. Biographers show us that our lives are much more meaningful than we often realize. And as significant as the martyrdom of Necati, Uğur, and Tilmann was, their lives were even more significant. It is hoped that their deaths will result in more people coming to Christ than before. I hope that their lives, as recorded in this book, will result in more believers taking a bold stand for the gospel.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

Martyrs of Malatya by James Wright opened my eyes to the deaths that happen in other countries in relation to Christianity.”
Reviewer: Tylyn Einhorn
Rating: 4 Stars

“Their martyrdom ranks with all the great saints whose lives were taken because of their testimony in Christ. Faithfulness, Jesus said, will come with suffering and persecution in this world – to test our faith, the faith of others, and to provide and example to others of the love of Christ. While the lives of these three men might fade from the pages of history, they will never fade from the book of life and the pages of eternity. And the mark they left in Turkey needs today, 8 years after this tragedy, to be remembered not just in Turkey, but around the world. May we learn to love our enemies as they loved theirs…”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will open your eyes to the awareness of what is going on around the world to Christians and will drive you to your knees in praying for the families affected by these events.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I have been encouraged and challenged by what I’ve read. It was a stark reminder that martyrdom is not just something that happened in the past, but it is something that still happens even today. May the Lord keep us all faithfully to the end and may He come quickly!”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“Thank you James Wright for telling the story of these three faithful martyrs of the Faith, may their story inspire all of us to be faithful even to death!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“This account will open any Christian’s eyes to the love that must be displayed for the work of the Gospel.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book. It is for us in our Western countries an extraordinary story. But for many in this world it is very, very ordinary. How we long for the day when men will no longer believe it is appropriate to kill in the name of their god. Or politics. Or money. Or ideology. Or…”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a powerful testimony of an event which should not be allowed to occur. I am grateful to these men and their families for their convictions, and I believe this book will open the eyes of many who read it.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

  • Mike Bradley

    Thanks Shaun! I stumbled upon your blog searching for new book
    suggestions. This is great. I really appreciate the suggestion! Your
    review has swayed me. I’ll have to check out The Martyrs of Malatya.

    I wanted to pass along one my pastor recommended to me. It’s the #1
    bestseller on religious fiction, so maybe you’ve already heard of it.
    But I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a fantastic collection of short
    stories. It’s called Pieces Like Pottery. I really can’t recommend it
    enough. I would love to see your review of it at some point!