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Books and Culture's Book of the Week: The Shrine Next Door

Books and Culture has a review of a new book about the religious developments of China. The book The Sinister Way:The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture looks to be an interesting read.
I have marveled lately at how God prepares a culture with its religious forms, linguistic traditions, to receive the gospel. It is like God prepares peoples for the coming of the good new of Christ and then it explodes. South Korea is such a phenomena in the 20th century. A country which went from almost zero Christian influence to a near majority in less than 100 years. Perhaps China is on the horizon as Jesus' next lands for his sheep. Here is a brief exerpt from the Books and Culture piece:
"Traditional Chinese religion, driven underground for a while by Mao and his minions, has resurfaced in a remarkable resurgence, especially in rural and southern China. For the first time in their long history, however, Chinese have an alternative. As David Aikman's Jesus in Beijing has shown, the spread of Christianity now offers hope of deliverance from demons and from the dominion of greed, rather than the domestication of the former with rituals and the latter by a sanitized god of wealth."
May God grow his church in the lands of China Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! (Psalm 67) ...