Isaac Liu's father was an "enemy of the state." His father was an evangelist and preacher in communist China. His parents as well as Isaac's paternal grandmother loved and worshiped Jesus. Isaac's grandmother he called Nai Nai, even in her old age she would walk many miles to neighboring villages for prayer meetings and worship. Nai Nai would take her grandson Isaac with her. Isaac's mother worked in the fields and his father was often in jail for failure to stop evangelizing others to Jesus. Nai Nai would tell Isaac, "Much prayer, much power-little prayer, little power. Prayer equals power." Isaac grew up with a family that lived their faith in a country that was hostile and abusive to them. They persevered and worked tirelessly to spread the Gospel message of Jesus. China was a country not only of communism, but of belief in evil spirits, bad luck, fate, and occult worship. Yet, Isaac's tiny Nai Nai would in God's strength and power renounce evil.
Son Of The Underground is the story of Isaac Liu and his family beginning in China, from the time of his birth until present. We are given a powerful memoir of life under communist China. Isaac being born in to a Christian family did not automatically mean he was saved, but he became a Christian because of his own personal choice of belief in Jesus as the Christ. Isaac's belief in Jesus would lead him to also be at risk of being persecuted. It would also lead him to wonder and be in prayer about what was God's mission for his life!
Son Of The Underground, was eye-opening in its depth of what life in communist China is like for a Christian that lives their faith in action.
I appreciated Isaac Liu's transparency and boldness in sharing his story.
This is a book that is encouraging, inspiring, motivating.
I love to read biographies that do not just tell me the character's are Christian, but they show me by their faith in action---even at great peril.
Thank you to Kregel Publications and Lion Hudson for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Here in America we have little personal comprehension or experience of physical persecution or death for the sake of our faith in Jesus Christ. Son of the Underground, the story of Isaac Liu, his parents and his sibling, Yiling, is told in first person about their life in China, before they escaped with their very lives to Germany, for preaching the Gospel in China between the years of 1950 and the early 2000Ã¢â¬Â²s.
We know from the New Testament that when persecution becomes extreme, the Gospel spreads and flourishes. You will learn firsthand from Son of the Underground how God used persecution to grow Isaac's own personal spiritual life, as well as his family's, in the midst of these circumstances. The times were horrific, scary, and sometimes discouraging. Yet God worked behind the scenes through fellow believers to bring them through. The dangers were real, personal and frightening, but the grace of God moved them forward.
The underground churches had to hide in order to worship and study the Bible. Sometimes they shared pages of the Bible to get the Word out to fellow believers. Isaac, himself, memorized the whole Bible in order to preach without being caught with a Bible. When their hiding places were found out, the leader/preacher was usually taken to prison. This happened often with Isaac's father, Brother Yun. So frequently, in fact, that Isaac did not meet his father until he was four years old and saw little of him until 2001.
Son of the Underground is also an encouraging book, full of hope and faith in Jesus Christ to overcome persecution and struggles while preaching the Word of God, whether individually or as a group of believers. Isaac preached his first message at the age of thirteen without the aid of a Bible in hand. Though he later questioned his decision to become a preacher due to the horrific obstacles, he eventually surrendered his life to the Lord's will and committed his life to preaching the Gospel. How Isaac came to this decision, after all the struggles of persecution and being on the run, is the meat of this book. Let it encourage you in your walk!
Isaac's book will also show you specific ways to pray for the persecuted Church in other countries, as well as how to get involved in helping financially to fund the many underground churches and children's homes. Though American believers currently live in a free nation, we are held accountable to help the persecuted churches through prayer, finances, and even personal involvement.
This book is a challenge to each of us to do God's will whatever the costÃ¢â¬âto live out the New Testament command to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This English translation was done in early 2012. You may find a few subtle sentence structure errors, but the message comes across loud and clear. God reigns!
This book was provided by Cat Hoort of Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
The life of young Isaac growing up in China is almost unimaginable for someone living in the USA. I have always been free to worship God, anyway I choose. A high price in personal sacrifice is required of any Christian in China.
He grew up with his Dad being away a good share of the time, or in Jail...being treated horribly and tortured for "Loving the Lord". I loved that his family has such deep routes in Christianity. When some days turned their darkest, you see God laying his hands on them with the opening of doors that were surely closed.
Isaac is such a refreshing wonderful young man and looking for where God wants him to be, a heartwarming read.
I received this book from the Publisher Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.
Liu is the son of Brother Yun whose story was told in The Heavenly Man. Being born in a Christian family in China in the early 80s was dangerous. Your family was considered an enemy of the state. Brother Yun was already in prison and Liu's mother had been scheduled for a forced abortion.
But God had other plans. The night before the scheduled abortion, Liu was born. He survived his premature birth - without medical help. It wouldn't be until he was four that Liu would see his father.
Liu shares his memories of childhood, the influence of his godly grandmother, his mother working to support the family. He describes the local house churches and explains the hatred of the Chinese toward Christians. He shares confrontations with demons and secret house meetings. He attended Bible School and was preaching - at age eleven. There was a time when he lived with others as both of his parents were in prison.
He tells of their escape to Burma then to Thailand, finally being able to join his father in Germany. There Liu struggled with his call to preach. He is currently a pastor in Germany.
For those who have read The Heavenly Man, this is "the rest of the story." We read of the struggles of the family while Brother Yun was in prison and then in Germany. While not as exciting as The Heavenly Man, it is a very good account of what it was like to be a Christian in China. Liu's explanation of the differences in the churches, the Three-Self Church and the house churches, is very enlightening. It is simply written yet worth reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications for the purpose of this review.