ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: They Turned the World Upside Down
Author: Charles Martin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
In the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection, the testimonies of those who had followed him were so bold and so powerful that they turned the world upside down. What would happen if we lived with that same kind of faith today?
Walk in the shoes of the disciples, as New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin brings their stories to life with his storyteller’s perspective.
In the first century, believer didn’t just mean someone who heard and agreed with Jesus; it meant someone who acted on that belief. And when the outside world saw the faith of these new believers, they declared “they turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
That’s the kind of believer Charles Martin wants us to be. The kind who understands that the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is so powerful, it reshaped history. The kind of believer who lives with that same world-changing faith today.
In his second non-fiction work, he uses his talents as a novelist to walk you through the lives of the disciples in the aftermath of the Resurrection and as they spread the message of the Gospel and “turn the world upside down”, leading up to Paul’s ministry in Thessonalica. In his beloved lyrical style, Martin illuminates key moments from Scripture and shares stories from his own life as a disciple.
With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that have made his novels beloved to millions, Martin will helps you engage with your faith in a new and inspiring way.
In My Opinion
I would label this book as a mixture of nonfiction and Biblical fiction. Beginning with the crucifixion and resurrection, Charles Martin puts readers in the shoes (sandals?) of the followers of Jesus.
Martin has researched the passages well and then speculates on what the disciples must have seen and thought and how they might have reacted. It definitely brings their interactions and sacrifices to life, though.
They Turned the World Upside Down is a book you’ll want to savor as there is a lot to digest throughout. Martin is a storyteller and it show within these pages, but he is also an encourager and offers a challenge to live like the early church. And couldn’t our world use more of that?
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