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By Joanna Reed Shelton

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ISBN-13: 9781498224918

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In November 1877, 3 months after Emperor Meiji's conscript military of commoners defeated forces led via Japan's well-known "last samurai," the Reverend Tom Alexander and his new spouse, Emma, arrived in Japan, a rustic the place Christianity were punishable through loss of life till 1868.

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 happens opposed to the backdrop of wrenching switch in Japan and nice strength jockeying for territory and impact in Asia, as obvious throughout the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.

This real tale of private sacrifice, devotion to accountability, and unwavering religion sheds new gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's prime democracy activists and the missionaries' function in supporting rework Japan from a state governed through shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one commercial powerhouse. It addresses common issues of affection, loss, and the long-lasting 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 tough to visualize a cultural adjustment extra serious or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to turn into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kinfolk tale is a examining experience worth taking and enjoying."
--Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor of Tennessee 1979-1987, Maryville, TN

"I grew up in a church tradition during which my heroes have been missionaries; whereas my contemporaries have been awed through athletes and film stars, missionaries have been those who held my consciousness. 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 non secular Theology, Regent university, BC

"Joanna Shelton's amazing 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 quarter. 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 occasion, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic social gathering of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former overseas Minister and atmosphere Minister of Japan; former member condo of Councilors (upper apartment 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 by way of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This attention-grabbing, usually poignant tale could be learn by means of severe students and common readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan beginning and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins university of complex foreign reviews (SAIS)

"Anyone drawn to how one individual may have an important influence throughout borders and bounds in state-of-the-art international could be impacted through 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 fascinated 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 maintaining faith at arm's size, she now serves as an elder within the Presbyterian Church (USA). Please stopover at her site:

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