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Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith

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Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have e ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Thomas Nelson
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Maria Elmvang
A difficult book to review, because how on earth do I put into words the feelings this book woke in me? From Russia in 1945 to Indonesia in 2000 Christians have been persecuted for their faith, imprisoned, fired, tortured, abused, even martyred. I read about these people and marvel at their strength and dedication... and then I look at myself, and almost feel embarrassed for being so comfortable and safe in little old Denmark.

I'll try to make this a review rather than a testimony though, even th
Mar 16, 2016 Esther rated it it was amazing
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This was a great book.I loved how strong they were in their faith. A really good book
Jul 26, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
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3.5 stars.
This book highlights 8 women who answered the call of Christ to spread the gospel and each suffered in various ways from torture, persecution, imprisonment, oppression, and families looking down on them. Many of these women suffered all the above. It was great to learn about them and see how God gave them strength even when it was hard for them to endure, all because He is worthy of praise in daily life. I encourage aspiring missionaries and people who maybe just need encouragement in
May 29, 2016 Andreea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viețile a opt femei misionare, cu tragediile și bucuriile avute, sunt cuprinse în aceste câteva sute de pagini. Un alt nivel despre ce înseamnă a suferi pentru Hristos, a iubi omul așa cum îl iubește Dumnezeu și a dori să îi arăți libertatea adevărată cu prețul a orice. Puneți în locul lui "orice" tot ce aveți de preț acum. Un nivel despre care habar nu am. Smerită de așa existență.
Aug 18, 2015 Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many stories of Christian testimony of those persecuted in the last 100 years. This book brings some of that up-to-date, and provides a powerful witness to God's love in Jesus Christ.

The stories range from India to Vietnam to Romania to The Soviet Union to Nepal. The events take place between 1945 and the present. Each is a compelling story of women telling about Jesus Christ in the most extreme conditions of torture, imprisonment, and hiding from enemies.

For myself, I discovered tha
Georgia Herod
Oct 18, 2015 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing
Sabina Wurmbrand in Romania (wife of Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs), Adel in Indonesia, Purnima in Bhutan, Aida in Russia, Tara in Pakistan, Ling in China, Gladys in India, and Mai in Vietnam represent the millions of men and women around the world who have lived, suffered, and perhaps died for the love of Christ and the Gospel. Each testimony bears witness to the power of the Gospel to change lives. Each woman’s life reveals courage and conviction; each is willing to die ra ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This book will simultaneously inspire you and convict you. When you read the stories of what these women endured to come to faith and then to hold onto that faith in hostile environments, your appreciation of the true meaning of persecution grows. You begin to realize the preciousness of the freedoms that we do enjoy here in America. Here, in the U.S., we may be inconvenienced because of our faith. We may be ridiculed because of our faith. We may even be ostracized by family and friends because ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Rayna rated it liked it
It is hard for me to rate this book because on the one hand, the stories told—though horrific and painful—are valuable and important in their own right. Religious oppression, from what I have noticed, is not usually associated with Christians as the victims because the persecution of Christians tends to be more specific to certain countries/regions in the world whereas the oppression of Jews, for example, happens on a global scale. So I am glad this book exists to bring the experiences of these ...more
Dena Rosko
Oct 05, 2011 Dena Rosko rated it it was amazing
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Inspiring, challenging, and saddening ethnographic accounts of how eight women respond to oppression and persecution for their faith. I'm amazed at their desire to forgive, be a good example, and keep the faith amid horrible treatment. I want more people to read these stories to be aware of cristophobia and microaggressions towards Christians; if we want tolerant societies, then we must move away from fear, territorialism, and blame.
Jul 20, 2015 Leatha rated it it was amazing
The stories of these women will inspire and encourage you. They came from varied backgrounds and were changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. All were persecuted for their faith in Jesus. The courage, conviction and faith that they exhibited were encouraging. Their testimonies are an example of such bravery and strength under very dire circumstances. All of the women's testimonies are wonderful examples of God's work in the current Church and an encouragement to us in the Church who have a ...more
Gail Davis
Apr 12, 2016 Gail Davis rated it it was amazing
This book is about eight Christian women of the 20th and 21st centuries who lived in countries where Christians are persecuted. The authors detail how the ladies became Christians or heard the call to be servants of God in "closed" countries, the trials they endured (family death, bombings, and imprisonment) and the reasoning each woman had to "stay the course" and remain in the country to which God called her.

If you have ever wondered what being a missionary is like, this book is for you.
If you
Oct 20, 2015 Judi rated it it was amazing
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This book by Voice of The Martyrs is the true story of 8 Christian women, all from different countries with different backgrounds, who faced persecution head on because of their faith in God. Each story of these underground women is unique and powerful. As a believer, I often ask myself if I could do what each of them did in the face of torture, imprisonment, death, sometimes even by their own parents and siblings.

With recent news that Isis can wipe out Christianity in Iraq in just 5 years, ther
Jul 14, 2009 Trine rated it really liked it
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A strong book with some amazing faith-inspiring stories. Unfortunately the writing could have been better, but God's grace and loving care is still strong and evident. Too often you hear about strong Christians of old, it is refreshing to hear how God works also in our time.
Dec 28, 2011 Alisa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alisa by: The Voice of the Martyrs
This is a must read! Eight short stories. True stories of courageous Christian women around the world. Unbelievable the things they went through and still did not deny Christ as their Lord and savior!
May 14, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Will break your heart for the devotion these women exhibit to the Lord Jesus Christ in the face of such difficult trials, and will give you courage to face your own in the same way.
Susan Csoke
Feb 19, 2016 Susan Csoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are the stories of eight courageous women of the Underground Church and how their Faith and Determination helped them in their endeavors. Heartwrenching to say the least. Adel was captured and tortured. Hans was mutilated with a machete in front of her. Her daughter was missing. >> Tara was 16 when her father died. He had been a prominent Pakistani Muslim who once beat Tara nearly to death, then locked her in her room and denied her food and medical attention. All because he caught h ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Ginger rated it liked it
Unbeknownst to me when I ordered the book, this book is a re-print (first printing was 2003), hence, the stories more dated than I expected. It's a collection of true short stories, not the best of writing style. The amount of narration versus quotes and moment-by-moment plot is not always the most skillfully woven and it varies story to story. But the book serves its purpose. It raised my awareness of where and how women who follow Christ have suffered persecution in other countries for their f ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
changed my quiet times by giving me a broader view of what faith means. heart wrenching stories about people who suffer for their faith.
Feb 27, 2011 Jana rated it really liked it
Difficult and sad, but poignant and touching.
Vanessa Grajales
Jan 21, 2014 Vanessa Grajales rated it it was amazing
Talk about a tear-fest! Loved this book
Sep 21, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I read a lot of biographies but there is something different about reading about people from our own day, many of whom are still alive. There's something very sobering about reading their stories and knowing they are still in the middle of persecution even today as I'm reading their story. It brings home the reality of persecution in a way that reading about persecution in the past does not.

Two stories especially stood out to me. One was of a Christian woman who showed remarkable courage and fa
Leah Good
Jan 05, 2013 Leah Good rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Leah by: Hannah
Across the world, Christians are persecuted for their faith. This book gives "faces" to the women of the persecuted church. Eight courageous ladies with a costly faith. Adel, and Indonesian mother kidnapped by Muslims, separated from her husband, beaten and forced to marry another man. Purnima, a young believer in Bhutan, forced to leave her family because of her faith. Aida, a Russian woman with the courage to stand before the courts and defend Christianity. Sabina, a Romanian wife separated fr ...more
Theresa Rossman
Jan 27, 2016 Theresa Rossman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read! This is a truly inspirational book about the faithfulness of 8 woman of God. The endurance & strength the woman show will inspire you to live out loud for Christ and rely on Him in all situations. This book will utterly shake your world and renew your passion to serve the Lord. Most of us don't even know what it means to suffer for Christ today. Pray for today the persecuted.
Sep 30, 2015 Larisha rated it liked it
This is a heart tugging book.

Eight women in the underground Church have shared their stories of what their faith in God has cost them and their loved ones. They are each from different countries, and their individual ways of drawing persecution, and their sufferings are distinct.

They are alike in that they each refused to deny the Lord Who saved them.
Nov 25, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it
This book is the powerful account of 8 women who have suffered mightily for becoming Christians and than following the call of the Spirit and sharing their faith. The inhumanity of man to people who have become transformed into loving, caring, compassionate human beings, is staggering.

Hearts of Fire will inspire, convict and move you to action in your faith. It is an excellent read.
Lia Risheill
May 21, 2016 Lia Risheill rated it it was amazing
What a humbling, inspiring, awesome look at the lives of many women who stood strong in the Lord during incredible persecution. This is one to read multiple times as a reminder to not be lazy in loving the Lord and sharing faith. Awesome
Christy Luis
May 22, 2012 Christy Luis rated it really liked it
I read this book during my devotion time. It inspired me, and wrung me out!
Caution: This is real. Non-fiction. The stories are sometimes quite graphic, but always hopeful.
This book tells the stories of 8 women who lived (and live) lives of costly faith. They lose family, station, respect, physical freedom, and so much more, but they stay strong in their faith anyway.
The thing that got me about these stories was how recent they were. The oldest story was from 1945, and the newest was from 2000.
May 13, 2015 Darla rated it it was amazing
very inspiring book well written the story is about women and their religious faith it doesnt matter what religion you are as the book can adapt to any religion
Nov 24, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Tough to read of the sufferings of others around the world but so good to know. We Americans are mainly ignorant of true suffering.
Heidi Lindsley
Mar 26, 2016 Heidi Lindsley rated it it was amazing
All these stories are so incredible. I doubt that I would have the courage to stand up to the things these women did, and I hope I never have to find out.
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The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania ...more
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