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But while Wurmbrand does not skillfully craft a litarary masterpiece, he does give the reader quite a masterpiece as far as emotions and history are concerned. I'm aware of little historical work on Undergrounc Churches anywhere--be it Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, or other lands. Wurmbrand does history a great service as he provides a first-hand account of Romania's secret church, how they worshiped, how they evangelized, how they communicated and provided support for each other, etc. The resourcefulness of the Church was both inspiring and surprising.
This book is also very emotionally charged. Wurmbrand pulls no punches as he describes the means by which he and other Christians were tortured: placed naked in a freezer until nearly dead, warmed up, then placed back in the freezer repeatedly; made to partake in a mock-Communion service of urine and feces; cut several times then placed in a room full of starving rats; and then there's the conventional methods of torture: beating, attacking your family, and raping. Reading Wurmbrand's descripting of these acts shocked this reader several times.
I highly recommend this book for both its historical and inspirational value. It is also highly recommended because, while Romania's Underground Church no longer has to operate in secret, there exist Underground Churches in other nations of the world: China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba (just to name a few). Reading about this particular underground church has given me insight to how the other Underground Churches still opperate today.
In his son's book BETWEEN HAMMER & SICKLE (by Mihai Wurmbrand) he gives a most powerful and awe-inspiring message to his son:
"Mihai, you know that in prison I had no Bible. I have forgotten it. I have forgotten all my theology. But these things I know for sure. First, there is a living God and he is our loving father. Second, Jesus Christ is the savior and bridegroom of our souls. Third, the Holy Spirit works in us to make us more and more Christ-like. Fourth, there exists beyond question an eternal life. And lastly, love is the best of ways. This is what I have learned in prison."
If that doesn't stir you, what does?
...A Christian-Jew in a Communist Country. If you think you need an example of a true Believer, then you should definitely read TORTURED FOR CHRIST and BETWEEN HAMMER & SICKLE.
With the demise of the Soviet Union, the situation has improved somewhat. But by no means has religious freedom bloomed. There are more freedoms in the former Communist countries, but the surge in Islamic countries means that Christian persecution has just migrated to new locations. Much of what you read here is still valid around the world. The situation's the same, just the names have changed.
If you're wondering about the cost of being a Christian in many locations around the world, this book will help you to understand what that cost is.
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Shows the reality of the power and love of Christ in a place and time where belief is not just personal choice, it was a matter between life and death. Christ is the only way!!Published 19 days ago by Erick Villalvazo
I first read this as an unregenerate teen and even now that God has graciously illuminated me through Christ portions of this book still lay intact in my mind and memory. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan Consolmagno
What a wonderful testimony of someone that has dedicated his life to Christ. A very good read!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have never read anything like this. The details are amazing. He truly speaks the truth. I can't say I don't know how he survived because I know how he survived! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane S.
This again was a book that turned me off. In the beginnign there was a incident or two that were very uplifting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary
Hard read because of the reality of torture. Have to put book down and think about the events and let it sink in--it is an eye-opener. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heidi
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