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It is incredible to think that this book is the autobiography of a Christian who began evangelizing and preaching at the age of 16 under the rule and persecution of communist China. It is a heart-wrenching read as Brother Yun describe living the Christian life–from the serious famine of Bibles, illegal Church meetings, and evangelizing different parts of China. The most grueling part of the book is to read of his time imprisoned for the faith. Reading about his imprisonment seems so different than reading the account of those who were POWs–Brother Yun’s testimony gives hope of one who is living out the Christian life in a situation that most people would survive by being driven by hate. No review of this book would be worth it’s salt if one doesn’t acknowledge the massive amount of tales of the miraculous and the supernatural. I am not one who is prone to Charistmatic and Penecostal expectation of signs, wonders and miracles, but I got to say that his final escape from the maximum prison in China was probably the greatest climax of the book. I read this book as Chinese American who is born in the US, and I cannot help but to think about my own unbelieving father who grew up under Communist China and suffered greatly during his time there. I know there were Christians my dad has met in China–from the songs he heard people sing that are based upon the Scriptures that have been so powerfully set in his heart, that decades later when he heard it again he is deeply moved. Beyond the Charismatic and Cessasionist debate, this book is a great and encouraging testimony and I would even say a great indictment of the conditions of the Church in the West that is struggling with materialism, fame and even simple obedience. I also found the author’s discussion and that of his wife about the type of persecution in the West to be fascinating. The wife wrote a line that I always say to people and was surprise how she said it like I would often say at church: It’s not the nonbelievers persecution that bothers me the most, but that which comes from believers and so-called believers in the form of character assassination, gossips and down right lies. That hurts the most. And she sees this form of persecution in the west to be unbelievable. Good work–I read this book thinking of where I was in my life while all these events was going on in the life of Brother Yun and other Chinese Christians persecuted for their faith. Definitely convicting.

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