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In God's Underground [Kindle Edition]

Richard Wurmbrand
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Book Description

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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28 of 29 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unforgettable biographies ever! May 7, 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing testimony to Christ's presence January 18, 2001
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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9 of 10 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Motivation for Any Serious Christian June 7, 2013
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This book is full of stories that will truly thrill your soul and motivate you to do more for Christ!

There are no sensationalistic, inflated tales of torture, but rather the Christ-honoring portrayal of Wurmbrand's testimony and the work of the underground church in Romania.

Unfortunately, the chapter markers are not set up right and I could not flip from chapter to chapter in my kindle. :-(

This book is highly recommended!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A noble life.
Rwverend Wurmbrand was a remarkable & saintly man who lived through awful times. It is hard to believe that this man had such courage & conviction to endure all his sufferings... Read more
Published 2 days ago by john kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars This book inspired me to suffer for Christ
Richards faith was so strong because he always seeked Christ no matter where he was. I would recommend this book to all Christians who are afraid to suffer for Christ for clearly... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Crispy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Needed in my library
Published 28 days ago by NM OhiO
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't bear to think people had to live like that.
Very interesting. Some things that happened in prison were a little too much for me. Couldn't bear to think people had to live like that.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars Am I worthy of the cross?
Oh my YES!!! Read it. All American Christians need to read what goes on in the world. Mr. Wurmbrand is Christ's hands and feet. I am in awe of how he handled prison. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Makes you realize what is truly important.
Published 1 month ago by Momma
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read
One of the best books I've ever read, it helped me see my own faith in a completely different way
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Wurmbrand was a great author who kept me turning the pages
Richard Wurmbrand was a great author who kept me turning the pages, not wanting to stop until I was finished. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheryl Oermann
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
great buy
Published 1 month ago by ANTHONY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wurmbrand Confirms Communist Atrocities
I don't like fiction that portrays hopelessness, atrocity after atrocity, or depressive story after depressive story, but Wurmbrand's book is true, about his years in a communist... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Carlyle
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