On Monday, October 29, the Mansfield Foundation and AFS Japan hosted a book talk with Joanna Reed Shelton, author of A Christian in the Land of the Gods: Journey of Faith in Japan. This event will celebrate the book’s release in Japan, where it is titled 「わたしの家族の明治日本」.
The book tells the story of Presbyterian missionary Tom Alexander’s experience in Japan, which began in 1877. The author, a former government economist with extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations, is also Reverend Alexander’s great-granddaughter. Ms. Shelton discussed the book’s themes of personal sacrifice, devotion to duty, and unwavering faith. Following the reading and discussion, Ms. Shelton signed copies of her book for many of the attendees.
Event flyer is available here.