By Joanna Reed Shelton

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

A Christian within the Land of the Gods bargains an intimate view of hardships and demanding situations confronted through 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 noticeable throughout the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.

This precise tale of private sacrifice, devotion to accountability, and unwavering religion sheds new gentle on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's major democracy activists and the missionaries' function in assisting remodel Japan from a country 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 long-lasting energy of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one likely traditional individual can swap lives greater than she or he ever realizes.

"It will be difficult to visualize a cultural adjustment extra serious or extra risky than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to develop into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kin tale is a interpreting 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 by way of athletes and picture 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 religious Theology, Regent collage, BC

"Joanna Shelton's remarkable 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 zone. Itagaki, who was once on Japan's a hundred yen invoice some time past, used to be chief of the democratic circulation 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 international Minister and surroundings Minister of Japan; former member apartment of Councilors (upper residence 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, frequently poignant tale can be learn by way of critical students and normal readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan beginning and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins tuition of complex foreign experiences (SAIS)

"Anyone attracted to how one individual could have an important effect throughout borders and bounds in cutting-edge global could be impacted by means of this book."
--The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President, Auburn Theological Seminary

Joanna Reed Shelton lives along with her husband in Montana's Rocky Mountain Northwest. For greater than 20 years, she used to be in detail concerned with US-Japan relatives in more and more senior positions of presidency and international relations. A quest for wisdom approximately her great-grandfather's lifestyles and paintings in Japan introduced her on a brand new direction. After lengthy protecting faith at arm's size, she now serves as an elder within the Presbyterian Church (USA). Please stopover at her web site: www.joannashelton.com.

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