The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an
ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going
on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it
would be anything but. After experiencing life in places where it
looked like God had turned away completely and was clueless
about the tragedies of life, and after losing their teenage son in the
mission fi eld, the couple knew that their faith would never be the
Nik recalls that, “God had always been so real to me, to Ruth,
and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness
of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those
circumstances?” It is a question that many have asked and one
that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith.
How does faith survive, let alone fl ourish in a place like the Middle
East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you
maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say
“greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it
may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone
live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest
places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressedup,
ordered nations? If so, how?
The Insanity of God tells a story—a remarkable and unique story to
be sure, yet at heart a very human story—of the Ripkens’ own spiritual
and emotional odyssey. The gripping, narrative account of a personal
pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with
sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik
and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful
course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to
know whether God truly is enough.
The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?