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By Joanna Reed Shelton

In November 1877, 3 months after Emperor Meiji's conscript military of commoners defeated forces led by way of 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 through dying until eventually 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 occurs opposed to the backdrop of wrenching swap in Japan and nice strength jockeying for territory and effect in Asia, as visible during the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee.

This actual tale of non-public sacrifice, devotion to responsibility, and unwavering religion sheds new mild on Protestant missionaries' paintings with Japan's best democracy activists and the missionaries' function in assisting rework Japan from a kingdom governed by way of shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a number one business powerhouse. It addresses common topics of affection, loss, and the iconic strength of religion. The narrative additionally proves that one probably traditional individual can switch lives greater than she or he ever realizes.

"It will be challenging to visualize a cultural adjustment extra serious or extra harmful than touring in 1877 from the Tennessee mountains to turn into a Christian missionary in Japan. Joanna Shelton's kin tale is a studying experience 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 cognizance. 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 religious Theology, Regent collage, BC

"Joanna Shelton's outstanding study 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 some time past, used to be chief of the democratic flow within the early Meiji period and created Japan's first significant political celebration, ancestor to the Liberal Democratic celebration of Japan, of which i'm a member."
--Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former international Minister and setting Minister of Japan; former member apartment 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 via shoguns to its prestige as Asia's first constitutional democracy. . . . This attention-grabbing, usually poignant tale may be learn by means of severe students and basic readers alike."
--George R. Packard, President, U.S.-Japan beginning and Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins tuition of complicated overseas stories (SAIS)

"Anyone drawn to how one individual could have an important effect throughout borders and limits in modern-day global can be impacted by means 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 20 years, she used to be in detail curious about US-Japan family members 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 course. After lengthy maintaining 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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