A dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders.
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Brother Yun's The Heavenly Man is a remarkable testimony of his life as a Christian evangelist in the People's Republic of China from the time of his personal commitment to Christ at the age of 16 (1974) through to his remarkable escape and reunion with his family in Germany in 2001. Along the way we witness the wonderful "religious freedom" of Communist China and tender mercies of atheistic Communism towards uncompromising believers in Jesus Christ. Truly the persecuted Church of China has been watered by the seeds of its martyrs (yet revival continues in China while foolish Western Christians rush headlong into secular socialism like lambs to the slaughter). Brother Yun's book is a remarkable series of adventures in the Holy Spirit. Sometimes mind-boggling, often suspenseful, and frequently heart-wrenching, The Heavenly Man is just the kind of book smug, self-reliant Western Christians need to read to consider their own ways. What I like about this book is that despite the...
I love this book. It's such a good glimpse into the lives of Christians in China during the 50s and the horrible persecution they faced. As an autobiography, the book includes most of Yun's life, but focuses primarily on his experiences as a Christian--ranging from pastoring house churches, speaking, teaching, burnout, being beaten, running from authorities, his experiences in jail and having a family. You get a graphic picture of what Jesus means when He says, "Take up your cross and follow Me." While none of us may go through the exact trials and pressures Brother Yun and those with him faced (even in China, things haven gotten somewhat better), experiencing his testimony can inspire us in the States (and elsewhere) to live with the freedom and boldness Jesus calls us to.
Another book that goes good with this is These Are The Generations, a book written by a North Korean Christian family about their experiences of their family through three generations. It's...
This book was recommended to me by a Christian friend who was reminded of it after we started discussing the connection that suffering has with true spirituality. Not being, at all, familiar with such deep persecution for Christ's sake that Brother Yun experienced, my mind was telling me that what I was reading was fabrication, not an account of God's many promises that tell us that one man can put ten thousand to fight, that He is a very present help in time of trouble, and that no evil will come nigh thee.
In fact, this biography states just the opposite. I am obliged to admit that the gospel we live in the US is a far cry from the reality of what it means to serve the Lord with all our hearts. If they hated Him, they will hate us, we are told, but such evil torture has not touched any of our lives as it did Brother Yun and those who served with him in China and throughout that region.
It was a real eye opener that which caused great division among Chinese...
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