God's Hostage

A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance

by Andrew Brunson (Author)Craig Borlase (With)
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When God called, he answered

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to move to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though reluctant at first because of the daunting task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, became convinced this was God's plan for them.

What followed was a string of difficulties and threats, but there were also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, confident that this work was part of their assignment.

In 2016, they were arrested. Though the state quickly released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of an attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose name was soon known around the world.

God's Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, his faithfulness . . . and his freedom.


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Andrew Brunson is an American pastor and a teaching elder of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Brunson was arrested in Turkey, where he had served since the mid-1990s as an evangelical pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, in October 2016 during the purges occurring after the 2016 Turkish coup attempt. In October 2018, the Trump administration successfully secured his release after US economic sanctions and tariffs were placed on Turkey.

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