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The Heavenly Man: The remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun Kindle Edition
'Amazing story and highly recommended for church libraries.' Church Libraries
The remarkable true story of renowned Chinese Christian Brother Yun.
This dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders is a watershed book that will turn the reader to prayer and praise. It deserves comparison with past classics such as Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, or the Life of Watchman Nee.
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An astonishing story of one of China’s most dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders!
Brother Yun became a believer at the age of 16. Soon after he became a Christian, God called him to be His witness in the west and south. As he was obedient to the calling, he eventually became a witness of Christ not just in the western and southern parts of China, but throughout China and in the nations beyond China as well.
He is an expert on the Chinese church and author of the bestselling titles The Heavenly Man, which has sold more than 500,000 in English alone, and Back to Jerusalem.
The Heavenly Man
The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Bother Yun
This astonishing account of perseverance and miraculous intervention in the face of horrific opposition has become a worldwide best seller and has been translated into nearly fifty languages.
''This book is like reading a modern day version of Acts. Prepare to be deeply encouraged as well as rudely awakened. An absolute must for the sleeping churches of the West.” —Rev. Dr. Mark Stibbe Author of Thinking Clearly About Revival
- “The story of Brother Yun’s persecution and imprisonment is heart-rending. It’s a profound challenge to each of us to take up the cross and follow Jesus. I found it deeply moving.” —Rev. Dr. Rob Frost
- "You may begin reading The Heavenly Man on your couch, but you will finish it on your knees."—Reinhard Bonnke
- ASIN : B004SBF7OQ
- Publisher : Monarch Books (February 7, 2011)
- Publication date : February 7, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1159 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 360 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,400 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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ut soon that will change. The last days are upon us and worldwide persecution is coming to true believers. False believers will be weeded out or will finally believe in the true Jesus. The true Chinese believers are far more ready than we are in the West. Praise the Lord!!
Brother Yun is a Chinese house church leader, and The Heavenly Man is his story, told with the help of Paul Hattaway. It begins in Yun's youth when he begins to earnestly pray for a bible. He prays fervently and faithfully--so fervently that his family begins to think him crazy. Then, one day, God miraculously provided a bible for Yun. He began to consume, then memorize the scriptures, and then was almost immediately called to preach. What follows (the remainder of his story) is an amazing account of miracles (among these were healings, miraculous transportation, provision, supernatural wisdom, and multiple divinely planned escapes from the authorities). In short, Yun travels, preaches, brings people to faith, spends time in prison, ministers to prisoners, is tortured, is released, is imprisoned more, is tortured more, and through it all is provided for by God on numerous occasions.
What I say next I want to say carefully: there is nothing wrong with Yun's book; but there is also something not quite right about it. The cadre of strange emotions that traipsed through his story with me nagged again and again, raising small flags here and there, that something didn't add up.
Let's begin with what was right with Yun's book. First, his life story, as one of commitment to Christ through suffering, is admirable. Yun's faithfulness is a wonderful testimony to Christ's goodness. Second, Yun is clear in that he gives glory to Christ for what has happened and not to himself. (Incidentally, Yun's nickname, "Heavenly Man" isn't about Yun's holiness, but about a time when the authorities asked him where he was from. He responded, in order to protect his village, by saying he belonged to Heaven, and the nickname stuck.) Third, and this is terribly important, whenever Yun quoted scripture--whether to teach, to explain a situation, or in defense of his actions--he quoted them accurately. There was no proof texting, but healthy interpretation of the bible. Often, I find that if a teacher is faulty, those faults show up first in the teacher's interpretation of scripture. So this factor--the accurate use of scripture--is one that gave, to my mind, the greatest credibility to Yun's story.
But alongside theses goods came, every few pages or so, the red flags which left me uncertain. And the first red flag was Yun's accounts of miracles. Now before I go on let me be clear--abundantly clear--that I believe in the power of the Spirit to do whatever He wants to do. That is, I have no problem believing in miracles--in transportation, in fasting, in healings, in knowledge, in miraculous escapes. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever; he is the same one who acted in the past, he is the same who acts today. So my concerns about Yun's book have precisely nothing to do with a prejudiced dismissal of the miraculous. My concerns are different, so let me try to explain them. When I read about Brother Andrew's miraculously surviving Volvo, or his miraculous encounters at hostile borders, there are no questions in my mind. When I read about Corrie Ten Boom's miraculous bottle of vitamins while in the concentration camp, I am undeterred. When I read about Jack Hayford getting words from the Lord and having visions I am unfazed. And when I read about John Wimber's miraculous accounts I am encouraged. In each case one factor is consistent: the Spirit within me ratifies His own work. And this may seem unfairly subjective, but I have experienced the Spirit, know what He is like, and recognize the scent of His actions when I encounter them. That flavor was missing from Yun's book--and that lack of confirmation troubled me deeply. Do I believe that he was miraculously transported from one location to another? I'm not sure. Do I believe that he fasted from food and water for more than 70 days? I'm not sure. Do I believe that he miraculously walked out of a maximum security prison in China? Again, I'm not sure.
Still, my uncertainty shouldn't negate a book's testimony--especially without evidence!--otherwise it would just be my word against his. But other elements combined to create a deeper suspicion. One of these other red flags was the frequent use of what I'll call "everybody" language. Yun preaches, and "everybody" repents. Yun holds a meeting and "everybody" weeps. Yun shares the gospel in prison and "everybody" is enrapt. Now, this is, most likely, a blatant exaggeration. There's always some Eutychus who nods off, even when the preaching is first-rate. And this idea of exaggeration began to lodge itself in my mind. It is easy, as a preacher, to exaggerate--to make the story bigger, the salvation more poignant, the miracle more miraculous. I began to wonder if Yun had fallen into that trap.
Reflecting on both the miracles and the `everybody' language, a new thought occurred to me: Yun's book closely resembles the book of Acts. And not just `closely resembles', but appears to be written as a copy of the book of Acts. Yun is saved, set apart for a mission like Paul, is miraculously transported like Philip, is part of healings and radical community like the early church, escapes from the authorities like Paul, escapes from prison like Peter--Yun is even met at the door by a girl who forgets to open it for him after his escape! Through this all my inner eye began to narrow more and more as I scrutinized Yun's book. Why does this book so closely parallel the story of Acts? Again, I must ask, is it possible for God to do these things? Certainly! But does this all add up?
In the end, I left Yun's book feeling like I had been fed a story I wanted to believe, as if this was just what I wanted to hear about the underground Chinese church, its size, its miracles, its freshness, its closeness to the apostolic Church of Acts. And because of all this, I'm not sure Yun's book was entirely truthful. Do I doubt that Yun has a ministry in China, possibly a highly effective one with the Spirit's power? No. But I'm not sure that this book is an accurate picture of that ministry. And for that reason I don't feel comfortable recommending it. Sadly, it won't go on my shelf of saints. Does that mean I won't be proved wrong? Far from it--nothing would please me more than to learn that I've made a misjudment about Yun and his story. But I don't think that's the case. And until that time, if you read his book, I suggest you read it with caution.
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I can't imagine a more extreme experience of torture and persecution, but I know I haven't come anywhere near the same level of discomfort in life, and therefore have not been forced to lean on God for my survival, as Brother Yun had to. I know that I am not giving my maximum to God, and have never been satisfied with that, but this has reminded me that God expects our maximum.
In this book, I highlighted "Not to obey God implies that we are wiser than him," and "It always pays to obey the Lord!" and "If you truly want to see God move, the two main things you must do is learn the Word of God and have the obedience to do what God tells you to do." - and of course "You may not be beaten or imprisoned for your faith, but I am convinced each Christian will still have a cross to bear in his or her life. In the West it may be ridicule, slander, or rejection. When you’re faced with such trials, the key is not to run from them or fight them, but to embrace them as friends. When you do this you’ll not fail to experience God’s presence and help."
A massive challenge - one that demands a response...
Without reading something like this you don’t really realise how easy our lives are — as others really suffer for Jesus.
This book really brings home our failings and chapter 25 challenges us . Very inspiring!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 7, 2017