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You've Got Libya

Greg Livingstone has spent a lifetime planting churches in Muslim communities and can testify to the life-changing power of the gospel in even the most unpromising circumstances. This is his autobiography. Unwanted at birth and born out of wedlock no-one would have considered that Greg Livingstone would become a pioneer in missions to unreached Muslim peoples. You've Got Libya charts his journey and his adventures. This first-hand narrative is full of compelling humor and self-depreciating honesty as Livingstone travels all over the world proclaiming the Gospel. The result is a page turning tour de force that urges the reader to pursue God unreservedly and to join with Him in the adventure of pursuing the lost. Greg's burden for the millions of Muslims who had no gospel witness amongst them led to the launching of Frontiers, a mission agency focusing exclusively on church planting amongst Muslim communities. Today, Frontiers is a movement of more than 1,000 field workers in nearly 50 countries.
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About the Author

Greg Livingstone and his wife Sally are Americans, based in Britain. They have spent 50 years ministering in a multitude of places including India, Lebanon, Germany, the United States, England and Malaysia. Greg was instrumental in founding both Operation Mobilization and Frontiers. He served as the Director of Arab World Ministries North America, and assists the Muslim work of the Evangelical Presbyterian church's World Outreach.


"A hard book to put down!" -- Phil Parshall, SIM "Get more than one copy, so you can pass it on." -- George Verwer, Operation Mobilisation "An incredible story ... Greg is still giving his all." -- Tim Lewis, Frontiers "Superbly written ... it made me praise God." -- Professor John Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando "Highly readable, with plenty of humour and devastating honesty." -- Colin Chapman, author of Whose Promised Land? "A born writer with a wealth of vital life experience ... a racy read that grabs you by the throat." -- Steve Bell, National Director of Interserve in England & Wales "Leaves the reader switching between bending over in laughter and bending over in prayer." -- Professor J. Dudley Woodberry, Dean Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary, CA "Greg Livingstone's life is a demonstration of what God will do with a person who revels in His word, His love, believes His promises and is surrendered to anything God wants regardless of the price to be paid. He is a giant in the field of missions... This autobiography is a treasure trove of God at work and should be required reading for any prospective missionary. It's an honor to stand up and call him blessed and my beloved friend in Christ." -- Nate Mirza, International Student Ministry Senior Staff, The Navigators "God has a sense of humor. He used Greg Livingstone against all odds to impact the world for Christ. Read this book and you'll get a sense of how God can use you too." -- Bob Sjogren, President, UnveilinGLORY, Virginia, USA "The indomitable journey from disadvantaged, but radical, young follower of Jesus to his rightful place as an iconic pioneer in global missions... one of missions' most challenging and engaging life stories." -- Paul McKaughan, Ambassador at Large, Missio Nexus "Greg Livingstone, as a mission recruiter without parallel, recruited two of our children to missions. My wife and I are ever grateful that God used this man of God to open great doors of ministry to them - ministries that are still evolving." -- Dr Don McCurry, Founder and Former Director, Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies and Author of Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims "Greg Livingstone is a modern-day, globetrotting apostle... His passion for unreached and unengaged peoples is infectious... Read his story and let God expand your heart and fill you with fresh gospel courage." -- Jay Childs, Senior Pastor, The Evangelical Free Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA "Greg Livingstone lets us see his hopes and choices - even his prayers - evoking shock and incredulity from certain peers. Frankly, Greg invites us all to risk that same gamut of emotion. The end result is a bracing encounter with an utterly real, high-impact, sham-free life story that a mere book can barely contain!" -- Don Richardson, Missiologist and Author of Peace Child, Eternity in Their Hearts, Heaven Wins, and other books "With deep humility and honest transparency Dr Livingstone takes us on a journey covering over seven decades of his life. It is a record of God's faithfulness to him... This book is hard to put down for its captivating style and highly informative content. It is a must-read for everyone engaged in Muslim work." -- Georges Houssney, President, Horizons International "Greg's telling of his life story is transparent, humorous, and always focused on the remarkable favour of the God who picked him up and chose to use him. I found the story so absorbing that I had to read it from cover to cover without stopping - and I hope that you will do the same." -- Gordon Dalzell, Trainer, Living Leadership UK and Former Senior Pastor at Rock Baptist Church, Cambridge, UK "In his famously irrepressible and slightly irreverent way, Greg reveals the heart of a mission leader sold out to God's purposes." -- David Lundy, Development Director, Dalit Freedom Network Canada "You've Got Libya is a witty, funny, challenging, and inspiring read... I couldn't put it down. I encourage you to pick it up." -- Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus "This compelling account reminds us that God takes broken lives and uses them in extraordinary ways for his purposes... May his story inspire many more to give up small ambitions, and cause faith to rise for the task yet to complete." -- Phil Goodchild, British Director, Frontiers "You've Got Libya is a must-read for anyone following the way of Jesus into the Muslim world. Greg is my friend and in many ways my mentor - I recommend him as much as the book!" -- Carl Medearis, Author of Muslims, Christians and Jesus and Speaking of Jesus "You've Got Libya is a riveting read. Mission biographies are often challenging but Greg and Sally Livingstone's story is irresistible. The superb writing sparkles with warmth and humour... despite setbacks and disappointments, you get the feeling here that it would have been fun to be on the Livingstone team. These deeply personal pages reveal Greg's pioneering passion for sharing God's heartbeat in today's complex Muslim world... biography at its very best!" -- Peter Conlan, OM World Partner "There is something awe-inspiring about the way God selects and anoints his servants for world-changing assignments... Greg's personal story and the ripple effect of his radical faith continue to challenge and stir the global church." -- Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers-USA "From a castaway child from birth living in five foster homes until becoming a Christian at age sixteen, this account is an `open book' into the life of Greg Livingstone, who became the founder and leader of Frontiers... Greg's autobiography reveals his humility and dependence on Jesus Christ, and it is laced with humor." -- John E. Kyle, Wycliffe Bible Translators "This is the story of a man with true grit. The dire obstacles Greg endured while growing up brought me to tears. Was ever success less likely, was ever a jar more earthen, or the power of God more displayed than in Greg Livingstone's life? Was ever a man assigned a more far-fetched dream - "You've got Libya!" - than Greg at the age of 20? Did ever a romantic fall more in love with a young woman than when Greg met Sally? And did ever a band of nobodies believe so daringly that nothing is impossible with God?" -- Bob Blincoe, PhD, US Director, Frontiers "Living up to his missionary namesake, Livingstone reveals what it means to be sold out to Jesus and His mandate to `go where the church isn't.' Read this book to see what God has done with Greg and Sally, who risked it all for the kingdom." -- George Carey, Director of Evangelical Presbyterian Church/World Outreach, USA "Writting in a conversational style, in You've Got Libya Greg is open and honest about his strengths and especially his weaknesses. This is an enjoyable, challenging, and inspiring read." -- Jeffrey Jeremiah, Stated Clerk, Evangelical Presbyterian Church "The story of a leader and inspirer... Greg's story will continue to inspire and produce new leaders who will see the success of the gospel for which Greg longs. This book is fast-moving, funny, challenging and a great read." -- Bryan Knell, Founding Leader, Christian Responses to Islam in Britain "Greg Livingstone is a born writer with a wealth of vital life experience worth writing about. This book is a racy read that grabs you by the throat and pulls you along on an exhilarating ride into the missionary heart of God." -- Steve Bell, Author, Trainer, and National Director of Interserve in England & Wales "A wonderfully inspiring read of God's grace unfolding through the years." -- David Milligan, Regional Leader, Pioneers "This is a down-to-earth book of disarmingly honest (warts and all), funny, and riveting stories of a radical, single-minded couple, following Jesus, with a passion for the Muslim world." -- Jim Green, Senior Associate Production and Strategy, Executive Director Emeritus, The JESUS Film Project "This deeply inspiring narrative of Greg's lifelong call to Muslim peoples will challenge you, beckon you, and make you laugh. With wry wit, he points us toward his Holy Spirit-inspired heartbeat: Go to Muslim peoples who have never heard the story of Jesus." -- Dr Mark Hausfeld, International Director, Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples, AOG World Missions "Written in a highly readable style, with plenty of humour and devastating honesty about mistakes and failures, You've Got Libya is an inside story told by someone who was involved first in the birthing of Operation Mobilisation, then in the leadership of the North Africa Mission and later in the formation of Frontiers... It provides a unique insight into the ways that evangelical approaches to mission among Muslims have developed in the last forty years... And this account of his life in his own words is sure to be an inspiration and a wake-up call to many." -- Colin Chapman, Formerly Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon; Author of Cross and Crescent: Responding to the Challenges of Islam and Whose Promised Land?

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