Danso stood with his son, watching in despair as the locusts continued eating. Maybe God didn’t really care about their plight. After all, if God wanted to, He could stop the hordes of grasshoppers from eating up their crops, couldn’t He?
After keeping the seventh day holy for the first time, Danso and his family walked 30 miles (50 kilometers) to worship with other believers the following Sabbath. There they learned about tithing and decided to return 10 percent of their meager income to God, starting with the money they had brought on their journey. Soon the family’s cash crop of green beans, planted on two hectares of land near the town of Babban Zugu in Nigeria, would be ready to harvest.
Then the grasshoppers descended from the sky like raindrops in a torrential storm.
Showers of Grasshoppers and Other Miracle Stories From Africa chronicles the experiences of believers whose faithfulness in the little things prepared them to be faithful when times were the hardest, and the miracles God worked to save their lives.
This third edition of The Anabaptist Story has been substantially revised and enlarged to take into account the numerous Anabaptist sources that have come to light in the last half-century as well as the significant number of monographs and other scholarly works on Anabaptist themes that have recently appeared. Estep challenges a number of assumptions held by contemporary historians and offers fresh insights into the Anabaptist movement.
The book begins with a concise yet detailed history of the denomination's beginnings in the early 19th century. Tracing the influence of such leaders as Stone and Campbell, the authors chronicle the triumphs and conflicts of the denomination through the 19th century and its reemergence and renewal in the 20th century. The biographical dictionary of leaders in the Churches of Christ rounds out the second half of the book, and a chronology of important events in the history of the denomination offers a quick reference guide. A detailed bibliographic essay concludes the book and points readers to further readings about the Churches of Christ.
Taylor's vivid accounts are filled with colorful descriptions of church life, including revivalistic experiences and doctrinal debates; the challenges of being a minister, including coping with meager resources and mediating disagreements; and the problems of rural living, including the dilemma of slavery and property disputes.
Chester Raymond Young has overcome the difficulties faced by the modern reader in deciphering the anacronisms, obscurities, and idiosyncrasies of Taylor's narrative.
Young's edition, the first ever annotated one, features a logical division of Taylor's sentences and paragraphs, a full bibliography of relevant historical works, tables outlining frontier religious rhetoric, and an extensive system of annotation that clarifies and corrects Taylor's account.