When Faith is Forbidden • Todd Nettleton

40 Days on the Frontlines With Persecuted Christians

March 2021 • Hardcover• 978-0-8024-2306-1

Journey alongside Persecuted Christians

Take a 40-day journey to meet brothers and sisters who share in the sufferings of Christ. When Faith Is Forbidden takes you to meet a Chinese Christian woman who called six months in prison “a wonderful time,” an Iraqi pastor and his wife just eight days after assassins’ bullets ripped into his flesh, and others from our spiritual family who’ve suffered greatly for wearing the name of Christ. Each stop on this 40-day journey includes inspiration and encouragement through the story of a persecuted believer. You’ll also find space for reflection and a suggested prayer as you grow to understand the realities of living under persecution—and learn from the examples of the bold believers you’ll meet.

For more than 20 years, Todd Nettleton (host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio) has traveled the world to interview hundreds of Christians who’ve been persecuted for the name of Christ. Now he opens his memory bank—and even his personal journals—to take you along to meet bold believers who will inspire you to a deeper walk with Christ.


Philip Todd Nettleton is the Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for the Voice of the Martyrs–USA and host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. He serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, inspiring Christians with the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 70+ nations where they face persecution for wearing His name. During more than 20 years serving at VOM, Todd has travelled the world and conducted face-to-face interviews with hundreds of Christians who’ve endured persecution in more than 30 nations. He is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) and has done postgraduate study at the University of Oklahoma. Todd and his wife, Charlotte, have two sons and two daughters-in-law. In his spare time he enjoys reading, music, travel and sports, including serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league.



During my two years imprisoned in Turkey, one of the things that strengthened me was looking to the example of others who persevered faithfully through persecution. There is a long line of people who have suffered for Jesus Christ. Some struggle more than others – I certainly did – but in the end what matters is to stand. Stories like the ones Todd has collected in this book are of great value as we prepare ourselves in case we are called on to stand in that long line – and I believe it is a matter of great urgency that we indeed prepare.
Pastor Andrew Brunson
Former prisoner for Christ in Turkey

As a leader in the Middle East I have firsthand experience of seeing Todd take a story about persecution and being able to conceptualize it for broad audiences to understand and engage. I have personally known him for over a decade and he has been recording our stories for years and even used a few in this beautiful book. Every time I read Todd’s stories I am inspired and lit on fire once again to suffer well in the persecuted world. I am thankful for how he has given his life to documenting stories like these because they will not only touch you, but they will allow the Holy Spirit to start a beautiful work in your life. How can you light your faith in fore in the slumber of North America? How can you overcome the spirit of apathy? I believe his book will give you hope and fire you fulfill the call in your life.”
Anonymous church leader in the Middle East

While reading When Faith Is Forbidden, I felt like I was walking on holy ground. The stories in this riveting book take you deep into the heart of some of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians to live in. But the overcomers that Todd Nettleton writes about don’t merely survive in persecution, they thrive in it. Christ has been so formed in them they have become an unstoppable force for the kingdom of God. Thank you, Todd, for taking us on this thrilling forty-day journey! I love this book and highly recommend it. How inspired I was to meet these brothers and sisters who are more than willing to suffer and give their very lives for Jesus. Our Savior is amazing and so are these saints who follow Him no matter the cost!
Tom Doyle
Uncharted Ministries CEO and coauthor with JoAnn Doyle of Women Who Risk: Secret Agents for Jesus in the Muslim World