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The Chinese Puzzle [Paperback]

By Mike Falkenstine (Author)
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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.51" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 16, 2008
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1606471430  
EAN  9781606471432  


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I want to help you understand China and her Church. There is much confusion and many questions persist: Does persecution exist? Can Christians in China worship freely? Is it still necessary to smuggle Bibles? Being outside of China, how can I most effectively pray for and engage in God's work in China? How do the Chinese view life? Many people are confused by these questions and issues. China is like a huge puzzle, with many pieces and moving parts; it's hard to identify all that is happening today in China. There are some people are trying to describe the whole picture, when all they really have are two or three pieces of a 500-piece puzzle. In the book, The Chinese Puzzle, I'll give you the other pieces for a much clearer picture of China and her Church. This is a great book for individual or group study!

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I want to help you understand China and her Church. There is much confusion and many questions persist: Does persecution exist? Can Christians in China worship freely? Is it still necessary to smuggle Bibles? Being outside of China, how can I most effectively pray for and engage in God's work in China? How do the Chinese view life? Many people are confused by these questions and issues. China is like a huge puzzle, with many pieces and moving parts; it's hard to identify all that is happening today in China. There are some people are trying to describe the whole picture, when all they really have are two or three pieces of a 500-piece puzzle. In the book, The Chinese Puzzle, I'll give you the other pieces for a much clearer picture of China and her Church. This is a great book for individual or group study Mike Falkenstine is the Founder and President of China Resource Center, (www.ChinaResourceCenter.org) a Christian organization that exists to serve the rapid growth and development of the Church in China through rural Bible Distribution Events, Church Building and Theological Training. China Resource Center also has a heart to clarify Western perceptions of Christianity in China. Mike has nearly 20 years experience ministering to Chinese, including time living in his 'second hometown' of Tianjin. After years of China ministry, he is conversationally fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and is a Chinese history, culture and food aficionado, with a deep heart for the Chinese people. Mike's favorite thing about China, besides his Chinese friends, is the food and likes Taiyuan's noodles and Tianjin's 'Goubuli' dumplings the best. Married to Sherie for 11 years, Mike and his wife have 3 children and one Wheaton Terrier. They live in Douglas County, Colorado.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mike Falkenstine is the Founder and CEO of China Resource Center, www.ChinaResourceCenter.org) a Christian organization that exists to serve the rapid growth and development of the Church in China through rural Bible Distribution Events, Church Building and Theological Training. China Resource Center also has a heart to clarify Western perceptions of Christianity in China. Mike has over 20 years? experience ministering to Chinese, including time living in his ?second hometown? of Tianjin. After years of China ministry, he is conversationally fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and is a Chinese history, culture and food aficionado, with a deep heart for the Chinese people. Mike's favorite thing about China, besides his Chinese friends, is the food and likes Taiyuan's noodles and Tianjin's ?Goubuli? dumplings the best. Married to Sherie for 15 years, Mike and his wife have 3 children and one Wheaton Terrier. They live in Douglas County, Colorado.

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Objective insights & personal experiences about the new China  Aug 20, 2008
In his book "The Chinese Puzzle", Mike Falkenstine provides a revealing view of the emerging Chinese culture. His primary intention is to set an accurate context for Christian missions to China, but I also found the insights in the book useful for my business negotiations with Chinese parters and thought much about these principles during the Olympics.

Falkenstine summarizes the history of China and of Christian missions there with admirable candor. (I was impressed that he didn't sugar coat the mistakes and less-than-Christlike attitudes that characterized some of the earlier Western attempts to bring the gospel to China.) By doing this, he helps the reader understand the events that shaped the national psyche and earlier attitudes toward religion. Falkenstine also summarizes how various political regimes have viewed religion and how the government and those views have changed dramatically in the past few decades. This is perhaps the most important point of The Chinese Puzzle. Whereas many (both inside the church and outside of it) have a mental picture of China based the oppressive communist dynamics of the past, Falkenstine uses factual data and personal experiences to introduce the reader to a nation that is adopting capatilist practices, supporting an above-ground church and considering how Christian principles can benefit the nation as a whole. He gently but firmly rebukes those Christian organizations that continue to use outdated or blatantly false stories of widespread religious persecution as a means to raise support and encourage clandestine/illegal methods of spreading the gospel. Clearly persecution of Christians still exist in China, but Falkenstine shows that in many cases the persecution is a result of missionaries/pastors neglecting to get governmental approval (which disrespects the government in a culture where respect of superiors is very important) rather than anything in the gospel itself. He goes on to explain how he and others have worked with the government and within culturally approved behaviors to spread the gospel (including to some very remote, impoverished regions) and to begin equipping pastors for the long-term vision of mature, self-sufficient churches across China.

Falkenstine includes quotes from politicians and pastors (some who Falkenstine has met and worked with) and provides specific details of actual events (such as his interaction with a Bible printing facility in China and his government-approved distributions of those Bibles) to give his message credibility and the fact that he speaks Chinese reinforces the reliability of his experiences. Underpinning all of this is a clear desire to behave with integrity as he helps bring the Christian message to China and to encourage others to behave so as well.

I'd recommend this book to any Christian who interacts with the Chinese culture, whether they are involved with missions or just have a personal friend from China. This is an easy and informative read even for those who aren't inclined to read history or theology.
 
A must-read for anyone interested in China missions  Jul 27, 2008
This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in China missions. Few writers, if any, give a balanced picture of what the present-day Chinese church is really like. In The Chinese Puzzle, Mike Falkenstine has done so.

The book begins with a well-researched but concise look at the history of Christianity in China that is designed to help the reader understand how China's critical attitude toward Christianity came about. This is followed by an exposition of current trends in China, including recent developments in the government's stance on religious issues, the explosive growth of both open churches and house churches, and the rapid emergence of previously unheard-of opportunities for Western Christians to serve the church in China openly.

The third chapter is short but, in my opinion, the most important. In it, Falkenstine reveals an unflattering picture of Western missionaries as they appear to Chinese pastors--often as arrogant, controlling, and generally not very helpful. The chapter then examines just what Western missionaries have been doing wrong and concludes with invaluable advice on what they ought to do in order to be of greater service to the church in China (or other countries).

The fourth chapter, called "The Persecution Myth and Why it Survives" gives several examples of persecution stories published by major Christian organizations and news agencies in the West that were later debunked. In one case, Falkenstine was able to trace the story to its source--where the pastor of a church that had been bulldozed by the government excitedly showed off the newer, bigger church the government had built to replace it. Falkenstine shows how the "persecution myth"--the false belief that persecution is the norm and that Christians in China can only practice their faith under cover and at great personal risk--is perpetuated largely by Western Christian organizations who depend on persecution stories for fundraising. He also makes it clear that the propagation of this myth actually hurts the church in China.

The final three chapters describe in more detail the sorts of groundbreaking ministries that are being carried out openly by Western Christian organizations in China; the ways Chinese view themselves and the future of their country; and the ministry that Falkenstine himself is involved in.

There were some parts that I thought could have been fleshed out a lot more, and the book was not very well edited, but the content is revealing and important enough (to those interested in China missions) that I think it deserves five stars. As a personal note, I have been living in China for four years working with the church here, and in my opinion American Christians need to be exposed to the balanced view presented in this book (as opposed to the persecution that's hyped and exaggerated by the media and even by Christian organizations).

 
Chinese Puzzle  Jul 15, 2008
I like the book. Concise review of history of China from political, the economy and sprititual. A real eye-opener to whats happening in China.
 
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