Review Title: Maximum Dedication Yields Bumper Crop (review of The Heavenly Man, the remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
This book conveys an astounding testimony of one mans dedication and faith in Jesus, and the great worldwide impact his life has had for Christians. First, this is a story about loving Christ with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength. In reading you will find that it might not be what you were expecting. This book goes into extreme measures of love, sacrificial giving of all resources including physical being, and recognizing the benefits of being disciplined by the Lord through suffering. The Bible says the Lord disciplines those He loves. It is difficult to imagine the things that Yun went through as being allowed by a loving God. Yet, the book shows the other side of the punishments and sufferings he endured and the resulting unimaginable outcomes for good.
For those skeptical of miracles, this story will shake disbelief out of your mind. It affirms that God indeed has performed modern day miracles when needed under extreme situations His children face under persecution. This is a book very relevant to these days as reports of massive persecutions are witnessed on the web and television. This book will help you understand how best to pray for the persecuted.
My life and my faith have been enriched through the reading of The Heavenly Man. I will be suggesting all my Christian friends read it so they will understand the treasure of faith in Christ they have been given. I have been so touched by this book. It helps me to better understand the weaknesses of the churches in the West and why their membership has declined while the house churches in China thrived.
Thanks to bookfun.org for giving me this book in exchange for posting a review after reading it. Not a soul who reads it will go unblessed. It is hard to put down. I want to know more. I see that another book is offered on the next phase of ministry. Looking forward to the rest of the story!
I was very excited to read this book as I have heard about Brother Yun but had not read his story. Brother Yun received Christ when he was a young man and from the time of his acceptance he had repeated visions from God. When he faced imprisonment and torture for his belief he would come out of it praising God all the louder.
Written from his perspective, with assistance from Paul Hattaway, this book opens the eyes of Christians everywhere of how a journey with God may not always be easy, but it is always rewarding. Thank you to Brother Yun, Monarch books and bookfun.org for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
This is the unbelievable, yet true story of Brother Yun of China and of his life, from the age of 16 when he chose to follow Christ and the many trials and tribulations that followed as well as the miracles. His times in jail were anything but easy, but in these situations Brother Yun would always be looking to God to see what He was trying to teach him during these times, and how He planned to use him. The stories, no you can't call them that, the atrocities he faced are more than a whole army should have to face, and yet he did, and counted on God, drew closer to Him and never asked God, 'Why me?'
Here in the western world Bibles are readily available, Christians often own more than one version and yet how many have the desire to get into His word, to study, to spend time with Him? We are so blessed and it for granted. Would we appreciate His Word and Him more if we had to work hard to get it?
After much prayer and believing that he would receive a Bible, he did and this is what he had to say on that gift.
"From that moment on I prayed to Jesus with faith-filled prayer. I fully trusted that the words in the Bible were God's words to me. I always held the Bible. Even when I slept I laid it on my chest. I devoured its teachings like a hungry child." pg 30
There were times of trials for his mom, his wife and later his children but all remained faithful to one another but most importantly to God.
This book contains so much, you need to read it for yourself. You will be blessed, encouraged, convicted.
Remember this next time things seem to be going against you:
"When God is blessing us, the devil is always active, doing his best to try to stop the advance of the kingdom of God. Satan tried to extinguish the fire of the Lord through persecution and hardship, but God continually poured his oil into our lamps, making our flames grow higher and brighter!"
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read such an amazing book.