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In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of a young Dutchman's first trip to Warsaw... 'God's Smuggler' has been reissued by Hodder and Stoughton. This reissie contains interviews with Brother Andrew and a photo secion spanning his ministry. The Methodist Recorder [A] remarkable, yet utterly compelling account of working with Christians who face persecution for their own faith LIfe and Work Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A true-life thriller that will leave you breathless!

As a boy, Brother Andrew dreamed of being an undercover spy working behind enemy lines. As a man he found himself working undercover for God. His was a mission filled with danger, financed by faith, supported by miracles.

Told it was impossible to minister behind the Iron Curtain, Andrew knew that nothing was too hard for God. Crossing "closed" borders, he prayed, "Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture I want to take to Your children. When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see." And they never did.

For thirty-five years, Brother Andrew's life story has inspired millions to step out on their own journeys of faith. This young Dutch factory worker's near-incredible adventures testify of God's step-by-step guidance and hour-by-hour provision--available to all who follow His call.

Far from being over, Brother Andrew's current adventures are his most challenging yet. In a new prologue and epilogue, his story is carried into the new millennium with an account of Andrew's work in the "closed" societies of Islam.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books; Anniversary edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800793013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800793012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Drew B. Moser on September 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just finished the missions classic, God's Smugger, by Brother Andrew. Holy this book! It takes the reader through the journey of Brother Andrew's early life as an 'adrenaline junkie-heavy drinking-reckless Dutch soldier' turned Bible smuggling missionary to the nations of the Iron Curtain.

Each chapter is a gripping real life account of Brother Andrew's travels. It's like reading a good suspense novel. Brother Andrew doesn't gloss over his own shortcomings, nor his fears and trepidations about his work. He simply just tells the miracles as they happened, and gives God the complete credit.

I won't spoil the story for you but I will say that certain books have come into my life at certain times. I believe it's for a reason: to encourage me, teach me, and strengthen my faith. God's Smuggler is serving as one of those books. There are a few themes that run through the entirety of the book:

* The power of faith--The book is so full of miracles...There are countless occasions when Brother Andrew should've been arrested, or killed, or stranded or (you get the picture), but God intervened in a miraculous way.

* The power of prayer--Prayer was undoubtedly the fuel for this dangerous work serving God under Communism's oppression. Brother Andrew and his coworkers were prayer warriors.

* The power of trust--Brother Andrew didn't, upon sensing God's call to work in the Communist countries, apply to an already established missions organization. He simply trusted God, day by day, to provided for his needs, so long as He was following His call. His trust for provision is incredible, and would probably be considered crazy by today's standards.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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In 1968 I received this book as a bonus from the Farm Family Book Club. I started to read it in the evening and read until I was finished at 4:00 a.m. The next day I said, "If Brother Andrew can trust God for 365 days a year, I can trust Him for one day, no matter how foolish it makes me look." I did, and I did look foolish. But I found out that He is faithful. My life has never been the same.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Sean R. Strickland on May 2, 2005
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This book has inspired me greatly! There have been times I have read this book and felt the uplift of inspiration. The best thing about the narrative is that its real to life with a transparency that is familiar to anyone who has ever prodded through life wandering about life, God, purpose, and destiny. Let me share from one story in the book. I truly believe there is no other book that has inspired me to be challenged in my faith as this by Brother Andrew.

"One night I went out for a long, solitary walk. On several occasions students had warned me not to 'go into Patrick.' Patrick was the slum sitting at the bottom of our hill. It was, they said, the home of addicts, drunks, thieves, even murderers, and walking its streets was unsafe. And yet this area drew me now as if it had something to say.

All around me were the dirty gray streets of Patrick. Litter blew across the cobblestones. The September air was already raw. Before I had gone five blocks I was accosted two times by beggars. I gave them all the money I had in my pockets and watched as they moved without pretense toward the nearest pub. I knew that these drifters, begging in the streets of the Glasgow slums, would receive a better income than the missionaries-in-training at the top of the hill.

I could not understand why this bothered me so. Was I greedy? I didnt think so. We had always been poor in my family, and I had never worried about it. What was it then?

And suddenly, walking back up the hill toward the school, I had my answer.

The question was not one of money at all. What I was worried about was a relationship.

At the chocolate factory I trusted Mr. Ringers to pay me in full and on time.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jrobby on August 8, 2005
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God's Smuggler is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It is told in a simple, humble, yet gripping style. Brother Andrew relates his life story in many different stages: boy, young man, soldier, Christian, missionary, and Bible smuggler behind the Iron Curtain. He has such a devotion to the Lord that it cannot help but be inspiring. I am so grateful for the testimony of such a devoted Christian. God's Smuggler is also the story of Brother Andrew's spiritual journey. Even a few chapters into the book, you feel as though you are Brother Andrew's old friend and laugh and cry along with him. This book is heartbreaking in the descriptions of the persecution Christians faced under communism's thumb despite "propaganda" stating otherwise. This is especially important today - despite the fact that many western Christians are oblivious to it, persecution of Christians still goes on all around the world. Reading God's Smuggler may inspire people to become involved in supporting the Churches in countries where religious freedom is just a dream. I would highly recommend this book to everyone from spy-novel lover to dedicated Christian. Enjoy!
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