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By Joanna Reed Shelton

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

A Christian within the Land of the Gods bargains an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted via 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 swap in Japan and nice strength jockeying for territory and effect in Asia, as obvious throughout the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.

This actual tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to accountability, and unwavering religion sheds new gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's best democracy activists and the missionaries' position in aiding rework Japan from a state governed by means of shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one commercial powerhouse. It addresses common subject matters of affection, loss, and the iconic strength of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one probably usual individual can swap lives greater than she or he ever realizes.

"It will be not easy to visualize a cultural adjustment extra critical or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to turn into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's relatives tale is a studying 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 consciousness. They nonetheless do. . . . during this memoir of her great-grandfather, Shelton provides 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 collage, BC

"Joanna Shelton's outstanding learn unearths the superb 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 was once on Japan's a hundred yen invoice long ago, 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 get together of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former overseas Minister and surroundings Minister of Japan; former member residence of Councilors (upper condo of the Diet); Professor, Meiji Institute for worldwide Affairs, Tokyo

"Shelton's hugely attractive narrative approximately her great-grandfather opens a window into Japan's turbulent transition from rule by means of shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This interesting, frequently poignant tale could be learn by way of critical students and normal readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan starting place and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins institution of complicated foreign reports (SAIS)

"Anyone attracted to how one individual could have an important influence throughout borders and limits in brand new global might 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 was once in detail interested in 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 keeping 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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