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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2011
Living Water by Brother Yun is a collection of short sermons/lessons. Brother Yun is a preacher who has suffered severe persecution as a Christian in China. His book, Living Water is powerful, inspiring, and educational. The book is divided into three parts; Part 1 contains messages relating to the spiritual life of the believer; Part 2 is about equipping believers for service in God's Kingdom; Part 3 describes the obstacles and storms disciples are likely to encounter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to grow and develop their faith.

Brother Yun encourages Christians to share their faith so that others may know Jesus. Is your relationship with Jesus merely a cultural experience? Or do you have a relationship that has changed who you are and how you live? Perhaps you don't know Jesus and are wondering how to get into relationship with Him. God says "you will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with your whole heart." (Jer 29:13). Have you sought God with your whole heart?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
An excellent book filled with wisdom learned in a prison cell in China, for serving Christ. Not only does Brother Yun share what the Lord taught him as he suffered in prison, but also as he traveled around the world sharing the gospel of Christ.
He has much to share about the condition of many churches in the Western world. His observations are presented with the concerned spirit of one "blowing the trumpet" to awaken "dead" or "dying" Christians.
Throughout the book, scripture is liberally used and its application to modern Christian experience is both delightful and instructive.
For anyone interested in their own personal spiritual growth and/or for learning how to do God's work God's way rather than their own, this book should help meet those needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2009
Be ready , to change , to repent, to worship, to LIVE ,.....Felt as if Brother Yun was sitting right there talking to me one on one. He does such an awesome job, you wont find a better friend than Brother Yun, he will tell you exactly the way it is, why you should repent, and builds you up and encourages you like no other. You will repent or put the book down, if you continue you will be edified, and challenged to live a life for God that you only dreamt of. You will yearn to worship Jesus as you never have before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2009
Many excuses have been given as to why today's church lacks the power of the First Century Church. This book, together with Yun's book The Heavenly Man, makes clear that the Church can and does operate with power today in China. Yun clearly sets forth the differences between the Chinese Church and the Western Church. The answers are here from Scripture. The only thing lacking is for the Western Church to take action.
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on October 14, 2008
The stories are short and insightful. Some cut a bit deep in how we think here in the States, but are good checks for our every day assumptions. I like the format of the short stories/devotional. I prefer stories with a point rather than just short sermons. These are stories with a point and some explanation and scripture to back up his take on the events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Read/listen to many inspirational books. This is one of the best ones I have read bringing up some excellent points:

1) we ALL want to be mature, not lacking anything saints, but we rarely want to go through the trials that get us there (James 1:2-4)

2) our knee jerk response with suffering is to wish/pray/ask God to remove it ASAP...yet it has a purpose and before praying for a brother or sister's suffering to cease, pray FIRST to the Lord to know His timing. (I have heard it said while the American church prays for the persecution to stop in the Chinese church, the Chinese church prays for the persecution to start here...)

3) instead of focusing on getting everyone to come to church to become a follower of Christ, we should focus MUCH MORE on equipping the saints to go out to the community and reach them. Shepherd should feed the sheep and the sheep should reproduce.

4) it's not about what you can do in your own strength and power and ingenuity and ability..but what He wants to do through you - and that's WAY more that you can think or imagine...by the power of Holy Spirit

May you be challenged to a greater commitment as a Christ follower
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
When I read Heavenly Man recently, I was astounded to learn that such a move of God was underway anywhere in the world. I was convicted of merely dabbling at being Christian. No other book had challenged me and changed me that way, until this work. Can I call it a sequel? While Heavenly Man was a life shaking and powerful testimony, this work forced me to put it down repeatedly and come to grips with what I was reading. I've heard various ministers refer to themselves as Apostles but the claim always rang hollow.

Here in the book Living Water there is a pastoral letter that was delivered in meekness but also with uncommon power and authority. As I read, I was astounded to realize that Apostolic ministry is something that God still gives the church.

I've purchased multiple copies of each book to give to various friends who in turn, have named other people that they wanted to receive them also.

Read Heavenly Man first to get an idea what the normal Christian Life can and should be. Read Living Water to have the Bible exhort you to an ever closer walk. As another reviewer aptly said:

"You'll start reading it on your sofa, you'll finish it your knees.'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brother Yun is an intriguing religious voice in this new millennium. His roots are deep in 20th-century evangelical missionary work in China and for most of his life he had preached a gospel aimed at traditional 20th-century evangelical goals of winning souls in all lands.

For more than a decade, though, he has lived in exile in Europe (his home base is in Germany now) and his message to Westerners really is an intriguing call to grassroots spiritual action. That part of his message is perfectly in tune with emerging voices like Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Rob Bell and others. In that particular theme he preaches, it's as though his own ministry is leaping forward from a fairly traditional message to become a new prophetic voice in this era of turbulent change in Western Christianity.

It's fascinating to encounter a fully mature Asian Christian returning to evangelize -- and in some cases to criticize -- some of the movements that, a century ago, helped to seed his own church in China.

His earlier book "The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun" was a best seller with dramatic tales of life under persecution in China. "Living Water" is a fresh inspirational look at the road ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Heavenly Man is one of my favorite Christian narratives of all time. Brother Yun has a remarkable ability to use simple language to lay waste to western preconception of what it means to 'take up the cross.'

In LIVING WATERS, Yun once again boldly challenges the western church to evaluate our religiosity and failings. He is at times blunt, and that is what I like best about him. He is not afraid to speak truth in love.

This is a deeply challenging and rewarding book for any Christian that wants a life filled with the Spirit, a life more meaningful and rewarding, a life spent in service of the King. Yun's writing style might not be the most academic, but his understanding the scripture (and its application) is wonderful. This is a book that will profoundly challenge, even offend, but always with a kindness and love that shows Yun truly understands the Father's heart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
"Heavenly Man" is a much better read. This is more like the books put out by pastors who take a collection of sermons and put them in book form. Not my cup of tea. If you are going to write a book, have something new or profound to write, otherwise it becomes one more book in a sea of mediocre books. Only one line from the book really stayed with me...that is a lot of chaff for only a little wheat.
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