In God's Underground
The tough and unbelievable physical torture he undertook, is more than matched with the emotional, psychological, and also spiritual despair which Wurmbrand...more
This man is one of the most intelligent men I have read about. An intellectual and a hero of the Christian faith. A man of integrity. Blessed with a long and beautiful life as a reward for all his pains while spreading the Good News in Romania during the long Communist dictatorship years in prisons, being tortured physically and mentally. And never giving up his faith, which was the prize the communists were hunting. It was amazing to see how man...more
I haven't read Wurmbrand's Tortured For Christ, so I'm not sure the difference.
This book is an autobiographical account of Wurmbrand's life from just before he was arrested for his faith to after he got released fourteen years later. The book is basically a chronological account of anecdotes filled in between with descriptions of the political an prison climates.
Wurmbrand was courageous, strengthened by Christ, and very smart. He stood up for his faith over and over again against heinous tortu...more
We did this as a read aloud with our family--with some censoring. We skipped some of Richard's second round of jail time (the "for this I was given 25 lashes" (ad infinitum) did get a little old) and a couple of sections that were about sex.
Richard rounded out his...more
when i think of it i want too remeber this:
In prison, the political officer asked me harshly, “How long will you continue to keep your stupid religion?” I said to him, “I have seen innumerable atheists regretting on their deathbeds that they have been godless; they called on Christ. Can you imagine that a Christian could regret, when death is near, that he has been a Christian and...more
The book describes in detail much of his experience, including attempts at brainwashing and some appalling torture. Somehow it manages to be vivid without being graphic. It brought alive the horrors of this kind of imprisonment, yet didn't give me nightmares.
I found it gripp...more
Just been reading Psalm 88 and 89 and it seems strange that in these Psalms high delight in God and his faithful love & power can sit beside such despair and sense of hopeless abandonment - even to the point where 'darkness is my closest friend'.
Richard Wurmbrand's 14 years in prison exude both through tuberculosis, torture and terrible separation from his wife and son.
And he is right that the story from beginning to end speaks of t...more
But he doesn't beg pity because of these events. He tells his story as a life sustained by Christ. It’s very much like the Bible verse, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” He brought the love of Christ into those prisons in the form of sharing food, practic...more
He was also a very smart man who was well read in the historical figures of his time. Learned a lot about Stalin's/the communism regime and the disaster that followed. It wasn't against communism, just against the people behind it.
After reading this book I heard a quote from a movie saying, "It was the lack of God that destroyed communism." After reading this book I can see some t...more
This book is full of stories that will truly thrill your soul and motivate you to do more for Christ!
There are no sensationalistic, inflated tales of torture, but rather the Christ-honoring portrayal of Wurmbrand's testimony and the work of the underground church in Romania.
Unfortunately, the chapter markers are not set up right and I could not flip from chapter to chapter in my kindle. :-(
This book is highly recommended!
The story follows Wurmbrand for many years as he witnesses to fellow prisoners, interrogators, torturers, soldiers, and practically everyone he meets.
I highly recommend his book. It is simply fantastic.
A must read for all Christians.
Richard Wurmbrand, the youngest of four boys, was born in 1909 in Bucharest in a Jewish family. He lived with his family in Istanbul for a short while; his father died when he was 9, and the Wurmbrands returned to Romania when he was 15.
As an adolescent, he became attracted to communism, and, after attending a series of illegal meetings of the Communist Party of Romania (PCdR), he was se...more