A very difficult read!

United States
July 14, 2012 4:32pm CST
Right now I'm slowly working my way through Fox's Book of Martyrs, which is a pretty ancient account of Christians who suffered and were murdered in the time of the early church and up through the Renaissance. I want to finish it, I really do! But I'm typically someone who just flies straight through most books, and I'm finding this one very difficult. It's archaic non-fiction, something I've really never tried before, and it's brutal. Every paragraph is another individual who was tortured and killed in a horrific manner. Right now I'm just kinda slowly chipping away at it a few pages a day. Has there ever been a difficult book you wanted to get through, for yourself rather than for education? How did you manage?
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@narsha (466)
16 Jul 12
wow...you are so cool,i can't read these kinds of difficult books since my english is poor!!!But in china,there are also such difficult books to read.for example,AiLing Zhang is such a person!But i love her books,so i'm willing to spend a lot of time on her books! :)
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• United States
16 Jul 12
Well, your english is much better than my chinese at least! I've only managed to read children's books in spanish, and that's about the extent of my reading in foreign languages! I think some difficult books are worth spending lots of time on.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Jul 12
sounds like a good read. as a follower of Jesus, it would be interesting to read about others who have suffered for our faith. i honestly believe that it can happen again and will happen again. forewarned is forearmed! as for me, i am a real history fanatic and have waded through books that i found semi interesting or about a topic that i was really into but i found had too much information and i just wanted an over view of the topic.
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• United States
14 Jul 12
It's very eye-opening. I knew the early church suffered under the Roman rule, but not until reading this book did I know that the early church suffered under the Roman rule! I'm still shocked that people can be so unspeakably cruel, and I also have no doubt it will happen again... to the full extent described, in the future. My favorite part of the book was the first few paragraphs, a bit too long and archaic for me to try to write the full quote here, but paraphrased it said that Christ prophesied the church would be established, would suffer greatly, and yet would still prevail. "... what force of princes, kings, monarchs, governors, and rulers of this world... have bent themselves against this Church... and [the Church] hath yet endured and holden its own!" I'm not much of a history geek myself, but I've been trying to branch out and read more about it. I prefer reading detailed books to get a good overview of the subject, rather than some shallow articles online.
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@anklesmash (1416)
14 Jul 12
It sounds an interesting read i have never read a book that old.Im a History student so i will find this book interesting especially as it is an area of history i don't know that much about.I'm looking for ward to the challenge of reading it i havent read a book thats been a challenge for a while,i think i will have a look on ebay to see if there are any second hand copies going cheap.
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• United States
14 Jul 12
First published in 1554 I believe. Pretty old. lol I have read older books... but they were epics Beowulf, the Iliad, and the Odyssey. All of those had a plot. Fox's Book of Martyrs is a historical account. It has dates, names, facts, and the like. Since it's so old, I doubt it'd be the least bit difficult to find a used copy for cheap. My copy is published by Zondervan and edited by William Byron Forbush. I'm not certain how it compares to other edits or translations, but I've no doubt it's been re-edited and translated a number of times. There's even added portions at the end written after 1554 to record more martyrs in the church since then.
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• United States
16 Jul 12
I would find such a book very disturbing. I doubt I could read it. I have seen some documentaries on TV that were pretty graphic and I could barely watch those, so I can imagine that I would not be able to get those this book. The other kind of books I find hard to read are war stories, sad animal stories and any other kind of book where women and children suffer and die. Such books are very disturbing and depressing. For that reason, I have a difficult time reading the Bible. =(
• United States
16 Jul 12
Exactly! They do the same in war movies. You get to meet and grow to care about some of the main characters only to watch some or even all of them die in the end. Very sad stuff and I don't call that entertainment. I prefer to watch or read stories where things are not so depressing. I can understand that sometimes one... maybe two characters may have to die but not the main characters that we grow to care about.
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• United States
17 Jul 12
I don't like to watch or read things that depress me either, life's depressing enough. But for education purposes, I will read or watch things that make me sad. I try to balance things out by reading other things that make me happy at the same time. Except I don't have a happy book to read while I'm reading Book of Martyrs... guess I'm just going to have to watch happy movies or something. lol