Tortured for Christ
"Months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brain-washing and mental cruelty these are the experiences of a Romanian pastor during his fourteen years in Communist prisons. His crime, like that of thousands of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning his faith. Meeting in homes, in basements, and in woods sometimes daring to preach in public on street corners these faithful souls persisted in their Christian witness knowing full well the ultimate cost of their actions. This is their story a classic account of courage, tenacious faith, and unbelievable endurance. This history of the Underground Church reflects the continuing struggle in many parts of the world today"--Page 4 of cover.
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The story of Richard Wumbrand who is the founder of Voice of the martyrs. VOM is an organization dedicated to assisting both those who are on tril, in jail, or being tortured for their faith in Jesus and helps to assist their families during this time as well. Richard grew up in Russia and during the time of Stalin when all the churches were being controlled by the states. He tells of how God used him to spread the message of Jesus in those horrible times. A powerful and somewhat disturbing tale of how men like him shared their faith even though it would send them to prison, get them tortured or get them beat to death. It was illegal to show any fervor to God at that time and almost everybody was an informant for someone. But after spending 14 years in prison tortured for his beliefs, Richard unlocks new understanding and insight to how the underground church operated and started in those times. This book I never wanted to put down because it was so informative and insightful.
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A convicting read. In many ways this book proved to be a manual for me. It served as a self-check, and as a measuring stick. How dedicated am I, really? As an American, will we ever have to face this ... Read full review