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Posted July 31, 2008
Ready for a change?
Sometimes it takes someone who has lived through real persecution to shake Christians out of their stained-glass stupor. Brother Yun, who has spent time in Chinese prisons, does just that in this collection of messages that span the decade since he left that Communist nation. Having brought together these messages at the insistence of fellow believers, Yun divides them into three sections for the purposes of the book. In the first section, he speaks of freedom in Christ and the spiritual life of the believer. In part two, he talks of equipping believers. He addresses obstacles that believers encounter in the third and final part. Yun alternates between a prophetic, no-holds-barred call to action and true belief in what he clearly sees as a slumbering Western church and the persuasive, pleading voice of a pastor to the individual Christian who needs to repent of those things that have caused him to stumble in his walk with Christ. In either case, Yun expresses a clear love of Christ and of his church which includes a desire to see the church become as bold as it was in its infancy. This is certainly not a book for the thin-skinned Christian. It is, however, one that will make a thinking Christian stop and examine her life. Don't try to plow through it in one setting. Rather, tackle it as a devotional tool, reading the message and examining the Scripture references and meditating on its application to your own life.
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Posted August 27, 2008
For those who desire a life of service to God, for those who feel a tugging on your heart to leave your comfort zone and enter a life of uncetainties and danger, for those who know this is your calling, this is why you are here... then this is a book for you. Brother Yun shows us the reality of being a missionary, including the misery and torture that accompanies following Jesus Christ. I have often questioned Gods timing, and this book reminded me that it will happen, but only when God has made me into whom I need to be to completely serve Him!
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Posted May 16, 2010
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