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In God's Underground [Kindle Edition]

Richard Wurmbrand
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Imprisoned by the Romanian Communists for his work in the Christian Underground, and subjected to medieval torture, Wurmbrand kept his faith—and strengthened it. For fourteen years, he shared that faith with suffering cellmates and gave them solace. In solitary confinement, he tapped out his message of hope and Christian love. In Room Four, the “death room”, he helped dying patients even though his lungs were riddled with tuberculosis and his body lacerated and bloody from whips and kicks. Anguished over the fate of his wife and son, he could still tell jokes and stories to make despairing prisoners laugh. Sorely tempted by the promise of release and reprieve, he refused to become a Communist collaborator.

And the miracle is that he survived.

With humble gratitude to God and Christ, he tells his personal story. It’s an inspiring drama of triumphant faith.


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  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Living Sacrifice Book Company (January 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK9BD0
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Autobiography I've Yet Read July 5, 1998
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"In God's Underground" is a hugely compelling account of gross persecution and great spiritual truimph. Wurmbrand's style is lucid, naturalistic, and enjoyable, and his stunning portrayals of life in communist prisons are effective without being maudlin or lurid. While his subject-matter is gripping in it's own right, Wurbrand's spiritual insight and his portrayals of his own, vibrant relationship with the Almighty are what make this book truly great. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys great autobiographies, and I especially recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered why someone would choose to suffer for their Faith.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saints are human, too. October 7, 2000
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Mystic. Philosopher. Loving husband. Worried father. Proud member of the Jewish race. Creature with nerve ending that ache when you hit them and who hungers when you starve him. Social being who hallucinates apart from human voices, and hungers for sex and companionship as well as food. Martyr who stands up to tyrants and warns them to repent. Lutheran pastor with a weakness for jokes. Richard Wurmbrand may have been a "voice of the martyrs," but after reading this sensitive, deeply honest autobiography, what impresses me the most is the degree to which his voice is also the voice of humankind. I found it challenging to see how, as a well-read Christian in tough times who faces all the temptations I do, he integrated the various facets of his humanity with his faith.
In a literal sense, faith made Wurmbrand a free-thinker. Embracing a religion that fits the full complexity of life, miracles as well as madness, and sharing a broad and often painful experience with a knowledge of several spiritual traditions, he was free to think on many questions and come to unexpected conclusions both whimsical and sober. There are many modern names that could be added to the list of heroes of the faith of Hebrews 11. Wurmbrand tells us some of their stories, including his own.
author, Jesus and the Religions of Man
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unforgettable biographies ever! May 7, 2002
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This book touched me and changed my whole view of the term 'martyr'. I have since become a great fan of Wurmbrand, his books never fail to stun one into a deep, reverential silence.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing testimony to Christ's presence January 18, 2001
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No matter your (ir)religious beliefs, you will be astounded by this account of life, endurance, perseverance, faith, and love in the worst possible conditions and suffering. An astounding witness to the strength and love the living Christ imparts, and an indictment of the horror and hollowness of atheism. Not for the faint of heart or closed of mind, and brimming over with insight and depth of thought; especially fascinating are his theological and philosophical conversations with a myriad of colorful characters, from (formerly) powerful politocos and military figures, to "lowly" farmers and thieves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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That's one of the logical questions that Mr Wurmbrand posed to his audiences in jail. This man is one of the most intelligent men I have read. An intellectual. A hero of the Christian faith. A man of integrity. Blessed with a long and beautiful life as a reward for all his pains spreading the Good News in Romania during the long Communist dictatorship. years in prisons, being tortured physically and mentally. And never giving up his faith, which was the prize the commies were looking for. It was amazing to see how many, almost all, the commies who had a chance of talking intimately with Mr Wurmbrand would eventually open up their hearts and crack. That tells a lot for the influence of evil spirits on people, people whose soul is naturally Christian -as Wurmbrand says.

A man well-learned, who can talk of science, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, ancient history, or almost anything without hesitation, who can give a quick and wise response to any questioner who's trying to ridicule the faith. The book is full of lessons on how to live as sheep "in the midst of wolves... therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Mat. 10:16) This was Mr Wurmbrand.

Reading him is learning to be wiser. There is priceless advice on how to face situations that can compromise your faith in Christ. It is not an idealistic, theological treatise, it's simple and handy advice on how to respond to the test of atheists.

Here's one pearl of his philosophy: "A real disciple does not seek gifts but Christ himself, and so is ready for self sacrifice to the end. They were not followers of Jesus, but customers."

Since the persecutions of Christians in ancient Rome, there has been no such hellish scenario up to the communist era in the 20th century. The book is not pessimistic though. It is a wonderful story of victory of faith against all odds. When faith in the Christian God of Israel was put to the test real bad, and boy did it come out alive!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Truth is stranger than fiction, so a trite saying goes, but that definitely came to my mind when I read Richard Wurmbrand's book. Subsequently I came to know the author personally. I have no doubt the story is true and told truthfully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Some autobiographies are dull, pedantic or a forum for the author to tell you how great he is. This guy tells you the good, bad and the ugly about himself. What an amazing story. This book will tug at your heart and challenge your mind....all in a very well written package. I could not put it down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christ-like Example July 29, 2005
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This is an awesome book which gives the account of Richard Wurmbrand, a Jewish, Lutheran pastor, who endured suffering and torture in a Communist prison while being a Christ-like example to the many people around him. This book will inspire you (as it did to me) to walk closer to the Compassionate and All-loving God who used Wurmbrand to lead many prisoners to Christ and the grace that flows freely from the Cross to ALL who will accept it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read for every Christian.
Published 8 hours ago by shaunew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was unaware of the suffering and persecution that went on for so many years.
Published 1 month ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all believers to read this book.
Timeless. Next to the Bible, no single book ever written has inspired me to want to reevaluate my Christian life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing testimony
I have been blessed having read this book. The faith and strength of Richard Wurmbrand is a testament to God's provision and grace he supplies to His children in times of need.
Published 2 months ago by Pedro Garcia III
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
Pastor Wurmbrand tells his story of being a prisoner for Christ behind the Iron Curtain. I knew there were prisoners but i had no idea of the depth of the brutality of the regime. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I read this book with a knot in my throat. We are often spoiled by living in a time and place where the most persecution for Christ we experience is a weird look, a mouthful of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Tanca
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
Reading accounts like these inspires me knowing what God does for His people. God bless Richard. I can only hope and pray that I would have even a small measure of his faith if I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Safety gal
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing story of how God used this man. Didn't want to put it down. Gives me
courage in the hard times
Published 3 months ago by bug
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Great for the person who wants to know how communists treated romanians after 1945 thru 1965. Great for understanding the Christian faith more.
Published 4 months ago by Dale E. Krabill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Faith Inspiring,albiet harrowing, account of some of the trials...
A difficult read at times due only to the hideous trials Wurmbrand endured but nonetheless a very inspiring account of a man who clings to Jesus and his grace no matter what. Read more
Published 4 months ago by amanda
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