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'The Way of the Christian Samurai' - New Book Provides Christian Reflections from Samurai Writings
Christian Newswire ^ | 6/21/07

Posted on 06/21/2007 10:09:30 AM PDT by WildReeling

MEDIA ADVISORY, June 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- As Japanese culture becomes more prominent in American entertainment, mysterious and awe-inspiring tales of the samurai have become more familiar to the Western world. A new book, The Way of the Christian Samurai: Reflections for Servant-Warriors of Christ (ISBN 0-9772234-6-9) explores how the advice and stories of real samurai can help modern-day Christians.

As Christians, we are called to be both servants and warriors for Jesus Christ. The samurai, whose very title means "one who serves," were skillful warriors of feudal Japan who devoted themselves fully to the service of their masters, willing even to sacrifice their lives in service to their lord. Christians are also called by their Lord, Jesus, to take up their cross and follow Him, and to seek to lose their life for His sake (Matthew 16:24-25).

While fantastic legends and stories of the samurai are plentiful, The Way of the Christian Samurai draws from primary sources – notes, essays, and books written by real samurai from Japan’s feudal era. Their advice on everything from overcoming fear, giving counsel to others, serving one’s Lord, and self-sacrifice are remarkably applicable to the life of the modern Christian. Author Paul Nowak ties the advice of these servant-warriors of old, pointing out how the selections from samurai texts relate to Christian teachings found in the Scriptures.

The book is a matchless resource for Christians intrigued by the mythos of the samurai or Japanese culture, or for pastors and other spiritual leaders who are looking for anecdotes that illustrate Biblical ideals. Christian parents whose children enjoy Japanimation, Anime, and Manga will find it a useful tool in understanding their children’s interests and in ministering to them.

The Way of the Christian Samurai: Reflections for Servant-Warriors of Christ is available for purchase at, as well as from booksellers and

Review copies are available for established publications and media personalities. Please email your requests for review copies to

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: anime; christian; japanese; samurai

1 posted on 06/21/2007 10:09:32 AM PDT by WildReeling
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2 posted on 06/21/2007 10:21:08 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border then, Introduce an Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill)
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