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Tortured for Christ

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  7,765 ratings  ·  306 reviews
'Neither prison nor torture can frighten the Christians of the Underground Church.'
Paperback, 155 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1967)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Jan 19, 2015 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Christians
Sitting in the balcony of my house in Egypt, I was reading this book with tears running down my cheek. Why would people have to live the story of the cross even though it is 2000 years after the event of Christ? As a Muslim then I reasoned that Christ must have been indeed crucified, contrary to what the Quran is stating. That book has helped me believe that the story of Christ in the gospel is real and not false as Islam claims. The sufferings of God's saints has confirmed to me that Christ rea ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love God and His people
Shelves: q2-2008
This book is a really big eye opener! I have rarely thought about the persecuted church in a modern time, but now, the thought of it scares me and I pray for it that the Church will grow in strength and size! Also, though Richard Wurmbrand went through so many dark times in dark places, to hear how he loves his persecuters is absolutely amazing and I have seen better Christ's compassion through this book. Love the sinner and hate the sin is one of those Bible verses that can slip my mind when I ...more
Timothy L.
IF you read this book, find and older copy like pre-1980s version because the ministry selling this book "softened" a bunch of things and you'll miss the author's own words. This is a book every follower of Christ must read. Wurmbrand, though a bit high on his experiences, gives us a picture of what we need to be, "non-belonging" coexistives in a world that is VERY evil. In the west we don't see this evil and we feel included to set back and enjoy the ride. Wurmbrand's book is invaluable in that ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Kymberly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kymberly by: Pastor Kris
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing!! Ever since I have read this I have a on fire passion for these people who go through so much. AFTER the Bible this is the book that has changed my life!! I feel so blessed to live where I live and have the freedom to worship my God.
Sameh Maher
الكتاب رائع بكل معانى الكلمة لن كلمات توصفه او تعبر عنه الا انه محمل برائحة الالم الصادقة التى تقطر من كل حرف من حروفه
يتحدث عن اضطهاد الكنيسة الرومانية على يد الشيوعية زكيف قاسى المسيحيون هناك الامرين من اجل الايمان بالمسيح
ستجد كيف ان كان هناك من يبيع خاتم زواجه ليحصل على نسخة مهترئة من العهد الجديد
ستجد كيف قرية بأكملها اقتسمت نسخة من الكتاب المقدس على 30 جزءا لتقرا كلمة الله
كيف صنع الالم من المسيحيين اقوى قوة على الوجود
قد تتسأل كثيرا عن جدوى الالم وقد تقرأ وتسمع عظات عنه لكى تفهم مغزاه ولكن ه
This book isn't supposed to be a classic novel. It's not supposed to be poetic. This is real life and for somebody who spent years being tortured in a prison camp and who didn't speak English as a first language, I'm aghast that people are complaining about the writing style. It's not fictionalized into a drama, so what?

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Too many of us turn blind eyes to what our own government supports. Our policies support or install the dictators who to
How do you rate a book like this? On how it was written? On the content alone? On the inspiration and challenge it proved to be for my life?
I can't say I enjoyed reading it, but it was very encouraging, and challenging. It shook me out of the comfortable little world I live in. Opened my eyes to the reality of what many Christians face, have faced and will continue to face until the Lord returns to rule the world. It provoked many questions. Am I willing to suffer as Mr. Wurmbrand did? Do I fea
Timothy S.
"Tortured for Christ" is an amazing book about a pastor tortured by Communists in Romania. I like how the author warns about Communism infiltrating America. He gives examples of tortured people who have a joy that no person except themselves can truly understand. The people of the Underground Church have an immense love for the captors and those who've treated them cruelly. Bro. Wurmbrand shows the need for Christians in America to pray for people being persecuted, tortured, killed, and any comb ...more
Not the best writing and disappointing from the standpoint that Wurmbrand unnecessarily refers to his fellow Catholic Christians as 'papists', and yet even so there is no denying his own suffering, devotion to Romanian Christians, the cause of Christianity worldwide and even the Communists who tortured him. Well worth reading.
Adam Parker
... This book, more than any other up to this point, has left me speechless and caused much contimplation. Richard, in his simple writing style unadorned with trimmings, revealed a love I've not observed since the story of Jesus. The degree of suffering these men and women, fellow followers of Christ, suffered for "crimes" such as spreading gospel tracts or telling their children about God, is nearly beyond understanding. What IS beyond understanding though (outside of Jesus) is the unquenching, ...more
اسم الكتاب الأصلي هو (معذبٌ لأجل المسيح) هو كتاب كتبه راعي كنسية كاثوليكية، قص فيه ما عاناه من أجل التبشير داخل الدول الشيوعية وتجربة سجنه في سجون الشيوعيين لمدة أربع عشرة سنة، منذ أواخر الأربعينات إلى الستينات، ذاق خلالها أنواع شتى من التعذيب بدءً من الإهانات والضرب المبرح والجلد والدفن في الجليد والحبس داخل توابيت خشبية مبطنة بالمسامير الحادة، وانتهاءً بعمليات غسيل الدماغ

وإن كان أبرز ما في الكتاب مواقف صمود المسيحين (المؤمنين) ضد كل هذه التعسفات الشيوعية ضد الدين، من تشريد وسجن وقتل من يتحدث ع
Just a fantastic, heart-breaking, and inspiring book. I can't believe I hadn't read this book before now, but I'm glad that I remedied the situation. This book was written by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor who spent a total of 14 years in Communist prisons for daring to preach Christ under Communist rule. It is truly the work of a Spirit-filled believer who has had his faith tested and tried in the most oppressive conditions imaginable. Under conditions which would (and have) broken ...more
So difficult to read. Painful. As uncomfortable as it all is though, I don't want to go back to my ignorance of these things...blissfully living my self-absorbed, comfy life in Christ while around the world Christians are still suffering & dying for their faith.

A paragraph in a 1997 letter in the appendix from Frank R. Wolf, 10th district, Virginia, House of Representatives (on the subcommittee for Security & Cooperation in Europe) hit me..."Worldwide persecution and martyrdom of Christ
This book can be a painful book to read because of the things that the author, Richard Wurmbrand, went through. All the same, it is a powerful testament to the power of the Gospel and reveals the fact that persecution of the church continues on even to this day in the world. It also shows the power of the Spirit moving within people who TRULY believe in the Gospel. Many of these people had very little scripture. There was no complete book that contained the entire Bible or even an entire book of ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Aug 02, 2008 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Christians
Sitting in the balcony of my house in Egypt, I was reading this book with tears running down my cheek. Why would people have to live the story of the cross even though it is 2000 years after the event of Christ? As a Muslim then I reasoned that Christ must have been indeed crucified, contrary to what the Quran is stating. That book has helped me believe that the story of Christ in the gospel is real and not false as Islam claims. The sufferings of God's saints has confirmed to me that Christ rea ...more
Jeremy Zilkie
Although this book speaks of the struggles and triumphs of the Underground Church under Soviet Communism in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, the sufferings of Christians in persecuted lands continues today. Richard Wumbrand's survival of his own imprisonment and torture is truly miraculous. His ability to share with us today what the true church of Christ had to endure in the 20th century is riveting and so important to read, learn about, remember, and pass on to the next generation of those who would fol ...more
Laura Verret
Prior to reading this book, I had assumed that the Nazis were the apex of cruelty in the twentieth century. But Mr. Wurmbrand says,

“The Nazi terror was great, but only a taste of what was to come under the Communists… Beginning August 23, 1944, one million Russian troops entered Romania and, very soon after this, the Communists came to power in our country. Then began a nightmare that made suffering under the Nazis seem easy.” [pgs. 13 & 14]

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Richard Ward
May 14, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't recommend it.
Book-length sermon about Christian persecution in the old Soviet Union and its satellites, especially Romania. The author opens the book by saying that the book has no literary merit. This is not hyperbole, turns out. He says he wrote it over three days, and it shows. The gist of the book is that Christians in the West should be ashamed of ourselves because
1. We're not being tortured.
2. We don't care about those who are.
3. "You don't care! You don't care!" (The book is redundant, to say the l
Nermine Hosni
صلاة" ياالله يالك من شخص طيب لو كنت انا انت وانت انا لما كنت غفرت لك خطاياك ولكنك حقاً شخص طيب وانا احبك من قلبي "
اعتقد ان جميع الملائكة قد اوقفوا ما يفعلونه. لكي يستمعوا الي تلك الصلاة الصاعدة من الضابط الروسي

This book opened my eyes to so many of the atrocities that occur in Communist countries and in particular during the time of Stalin. Every time a date was given in the book I couldn't help but think of what was going on in the United States of America at the time. In the 1950/60's in particular I was thinking about how my mother would always talk about what a great time in history that was for her in the U.S.A. I contrast that with what was happening in Communist nations and in Dr. Wurmbrand's l ...more
I can't remember a time when I did not know about the Voice of the Martyrs. Since I was very young, both my mother and my Sunday School teacher tried to impress on me the reality of persecution today. I would read their newsletters and feel guilty that I had such a cushy life, even while I struggled to believe that the stories were true. Yet I did not read this book, and I did not love my brothers and sisters in persecution.

I think God has been preparing me in the last year to be able to receive
As I read TORTURED FOR CHRIST I had many mixed feelings. I'll start with the what I loved about it. I can honestly say this book has changed me. Its challenged me to strive towards a heart that is ever thankful, praying and praising Almighty God without ceasing, regardless of circumstance. It's made me take a step back and examine my life and walk, and at the "persecution" I think I receive from unsaved family or friends. As an American Christian, born and raised on free soil, I don't know the f ...more
This is a book that I read a long time ago when I was in junior high that opened my eyes to the realities of Christian persecution worldwide. Years later, as a more mature Christian than I was back then, the book is now not just about Christian persecution, but a look inward at the complacency of my own faith and, I would imagine, the complacency of Christians in the West. This book was written by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a former atheistic Jew from Romania, who was converted to Christianity pr ...more
This was an amazing book. Reading Wurmbrand's story of how he was imprisoned in Communist Russia simply for being a Christian and the horrors he had to witness and endure just shook everything in me. Even though this occurred many years ago, people are still being persecuted and imprisoned every single day in different parts of the world. What struck me the most was that this was not just a tale of injustice, but what really moved me was the story of faith. How even in the midst of such darkness ...more
Although the book is about Wurmbrand it's not written as an autobiography. It's more a combination of memoir, biography, opinion and non-fiction commentary. Because of this, the book is hard to follow at times and hard to read. It jumps around A LOT!! I started reading it and had to put it down because the lack of continuity and what I thought was poor editing frustrated me. I just recently picked it up again and will say that it does get better if you can just make it past the first couple chap ...more
It's always hard to read about torture. This was a good book in context. If one understands that the point of it was to show people how communist russia and romania where torturing those who identofied as Christians and to get this practice to stop. There is a lot of anti-communism rhetoric, which is to be expected. I have some issues with it, it's not exceptionally well written, but it achieves it's goal of telling about this man's experiences of torture while in a communist prison. While the t ...more
Barb Watson

Months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brain-washing and mental cruelty--these are the experiences of a Romanian pastor during his fourteen years in Communist prisons. I did not know what the word 'suffering' truly meant before. This awakened something in my soul.
His crime, like that of thousands of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning tha
Maybe this makes me a bad Christian but I did not like this book. But I forced myself to finish it. In my opinion, the book simply wasn't well-written. The writing was extremely disjointed and I feel like the author repeated himself more than once. I am not pro-Communist, but the anti-Communist rhetoric got tiring quick. The topic of the book was something I was interested in - the Underground Church during that time period and how many people give their lives to Christ - but even other paragrap ...more
This was hard to read at times. Wormbrand did not go into a lot of detail about the tortures he suffered, but the concept is still so hard to read about. Also, it's horrifying to think about what so many of our Christian brothers and sisters face--and that we as a church in America--and I myself as an individual--do so little to help and support them. This book is convicting, and I believe that EVERYONE who calls himself a Christian needs to read this to have his eyes opened to what it often mea ...more
Lydia Chew
It's really a pity that Richard Wurmbrand died in 2001. Because if he was still alive, I'd have something to say: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU WROTE THIS BOOK. (Actually, I already know the answer. He wasn't.)
In the first few pages of the book, Wurmbrand himself says that he understands Tortured for Christ has no literary merit -- damn straight. That one sentence summarizes the whole book for you, from the author himself. It's chalk-full of offending, patronizing, terrible writing, and it's d
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Early life

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
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“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their [the communists' ] terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy.” 50 likes
“My wife and I were present at this congress. Sabina told me, "Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ! They are spitting in His face." I said to her, "If I do so, you lose your husband." She replied, "I don't wish to have a coward as a husband.” 22 likes
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