Having made a recent visit to China this book piqued my interest. We visited 2 Churches on Sundays and also met with several Pastors, plus visited a seminary. In each case they indicated a lot of freedom in preaching the Gospel and for teaching children and training leaders. These were Registered Churches and obviously this is 15 plus years later and there have been changes. Bob was a revolutionary before he became a Christian and continued his fight for more freedoms after. He is to be commended for his willingness to suffer for the cause of Christ. In any case, I found the book to be interesting, but have no way of knowing if his work has influenced some of these changes. We know there is persecution in many places and it is a challenge for us to be in prayer for such.
Miracleous story of God's Redeeming Grace and Care
February 26, 2014
At the beginning of the book it will grab your attention. God's Love and Mercy is so amazing and the story of Bob Fu is an example that our heavenly Father had a plan for our life and that our steps are ordered by Him!
Autobiographies by definition are stories told about oneself. At times they can be slanted by making heroes of mortals. By the time I finished Bob Fu's story I was left not so much admiring him but the Lord whom he serves. I believe he would tell you that was his intent. Raised in a poor Chinese family that struggled to survive in the aftermath of that nation's Cultural Revolution, "God's Double Agent" tells of this young man's search for personal recognition and success. He appeared to be on track until the student rebellion at Tiananmen Square made him an enemy of the state. He lost nearly everything, including the loyalty of trusted friends. At his lowest point and in a most unexpected way, he met the Lord and his life was changed forever. From that moment on, he had a newfound purpose in life...a purpose that led him to found a ministry that seeks to bring freedom to his fellow-countrymen who are suffering from religious persecution. Today he is known as "the pastor of the Chinese church's underground railroad." In his endorsement of this book, Eric Metaxas has said that it is "impossible to put down." I felt the same way. One chapter flows naturally into the next and the reader feels as if he is reading an adventure novel rather than a true-to-life story. The portrayal of China presented within the book strips away romantic notions and digs beneath the political guise that is but a smokescreen masking the corruption and oppression that exists within the world's largest nation. Although separated by half-a-world, the reader finds himself relating to Bob Fu's circumstances and being challenged to ask himself, "How would I handle myself were I to face a similar situation?" I am generally not a fan of modern Christian biographies, but I am grateful that I came across this one (through Voice of the Martyrs). The author, with the help of ghost-writer Nancy French, writes with bold conviction. Rather than seeking to "grind an ax" against the Chinese government, his words convey great compassion. He closes with an appeal for the Western church to embrace the plight of those who suffer daily for their faith. After all, "To whom much is given, much is required!"
If you have ever questioned whether God is real and at work in the world around you, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of "God's Double Agent". Bob Fu's account of his childhood and his path to becoming a follower of Jesus in the midst of communist China is absolutely riveting, and will leave you pondering your own dedication to God. It would be impossible to walk away from this book and not weigh the cost of following Christ, when you learn of the plight of millions of Chinese Christians who spend time in jail and who are brutally persecuted for their faith, and who still praise the name of Jesus! The book is very well-written, and reads more like a fiction book than an autobiography in that the chapters are full of action and drama, romance and suspense. But the best part of this book is that it is a true account, such that instead of just wishing that the characters are real, like in fiction novels, readers can know that these men and women are real. Through the pages of this story, readers will grow to genuinely care about Bob Fu and his wife Heidi, and see that they are not pretending to be perfect, but struggle with the same things you and I do. Bob and Heidi demonstrate the power of relying on God to set the course of your future, and submitting to His will for your life. Yet they also remind us that we are in s spiritual war, and we must also play a role in fighting for the freedom of men and women and children to be free from persecution. "God's Double Agent" will not only stir your faith, but call you to take action as well. It is a book that everyone should read!
I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.