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Treachery on the Twisted River: A Young-Adult Adaptation of

Treachery on the Twisted River: A Young-Adult Adaptation of "Peace Child," by Don Richardson


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Hidden in the swamps near the southern coast of New Guinea lived a tribe of cannibal-headhunters known as the Sawi. They built houses perched on poles forty feet above the forest floor in villages on the banks of a river known as the Kronkel, the Dutch word for “twisted.”

Skilled in surviving in the untamed jungle, Sawi of all ages were expert hunters and fishermen. With their bows and arrows, spears and bone knives, they could capture and kill wild pigs, gather grubs from the trunks of downed trees, and trap freshwater shrimp in baskets woven from palm fronds.

But the Sawi also lived violent lives. They resolved disputes by treachery and murder and battled other tribes for territory. They were filled with fear of spirits they believed lived in the river and the surrounding jungle. The Sawi had never heard the true story of the God who sent His Son to make peace with humanity.

Then one day, a man, his wife, and their baby boy made their home in a Sawi village and began to learn the local language so they could teach the Sawi about this God. Would the Sawi accept this man’s strange new message or receive it with fear and betrayal?

Treachery on the Twisted River is an adaptation of Don Richardson’s best-selling book, Peace Child, which documented his family’s life among the Sawi and the tribe’s encounter with the transforming message of the gospel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735234526
Publisher: Bottomline Media
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

In 1962, Don Richardson and his wife, Carol, embarked on a missionary career in Netherlands New Guinea (now Papua, Indonesia), where they served for 15 years among the Sawi. Don and Carol designed an alphabet suited to their language, taught the Sawi to read, and translated the New Testament into their native tongue. As a registered nurse, Carol was known as "the woman who makes everyone well." Following their time in Indonesia, Don wrote books and spoke at churches, conferences, and Perspectives classes, mobilizing many to pursue missions. Among his most well-known books are Peace Child (from which Treachery on the Twisted River is adapted), Eternity in Their Hearts, and Lords of the Earth. Don passed away in 2018 at the age of 83 after a battle with brain cancer.

Karen Robertson retired recently from a career of teaching elementary school, augmented by raising two children with her school-teacher husband, John. The Robertsons savor good books that they frequently share with their own children or students in class. After several years of teaching in California public schools, John and Karen relocated to Indonesia and then Malaysia to teach in Christian international schools for 12 years. The Robertsons currently reside in Santa Barbara, California. Karen has written and created abundant classroom and Sunday school materials.

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