I had no idea who Liu Zhenying aka Brother Yun was. Years ago Chinese friends were talking about this book with my grandparents who were part of theirI had no idea who Liu Zhenying aka Brother Yun was. Years ago Chinese friends were talking about this book with my grandparents who were part of their Bible study group. They gave a copy to my grandparents and I was having thoughts of borrowing it and so I did. I had not considered myself a 'mature Christian' by that time so I found many instances in this book far too fantastic to read. Brother Yun was experiencing miracles that I thought were reminiscent of the Bible itself! Being an immature Christ-follower, the amazing stories in The Heavenly Man bothered me. I was skeptical. But this also exposed how little faith I had to my God.
My interest in Christianity in general, Chinese culture, its people, the cultural revolution, Communist government and history fueled me to go through it so I picked it up (again) and read on. Removing my prejudices and bigotry I began to enjoy the book and really see how these people suffered particularly the Chinese house Christians in an militant atheistic government. A reality that is still going on to this day! I also felt sorry for these Communists; from officials to lowly prison guards whom in the book showed many instances of wonderment why their government would go to such lengths to punish a man for his faith, especially after all the humiliation, beatings and torture refuse to deny Christ.
The Heavenly Man is about endurance. It demolishes the health and wealth doctrine that if you believe in God you'd live a comfortable, rich and painless life. On the contrary, it is a Christian warrior's story of life in the trenches, of capture, torture, disease, gun point, corrupt governments. How it all works out good in the end and how Christ's love conquers all these. It is a modern story of the Book of Acts.
Papa Bravo Romeo is about a sailor’s experience as a PBR (Patrol Boat, River) operative during the Vietnam War. If the image that comes to your mind iPapa Bravo Romeo is about a sailor’s experience as a PBR (Patrol Boat, River) operative during the Vietnam War. If the image that comes to your mind is the little green boat in the film, Apocalypse Now then that is basically it. This book serves as Wynn Goldsmith, a US Navy lieutenant’s memoirs during his transfer from an ocean minesweeper (MSO) to a small ‘plastic’ boat in the Viet Cong infested Mekong waterways of the Republic of Vietnam in 1967 as part of the Brown-water Navy or “river rats”. Mr. Goldsmith starts his book neatly, dealing with things usually encountered by the “river rats” and other hard military jargon that made me refer to the internet time and again.
One particular attitude of this book is that the author doesn’t hold back his views on people – people he’s working with and the people he’s working for – which, I thought was rather funny. Whether Mr. Goldsmith is just a sarcastic old timer who speaks his mind and doesn’t mince words, I will never know. But he’s certainly not the druggy draftee, nor the “gung-ho” type SEALS are usually portrayed in this book nor the detached officer hidden in some desk far from the frontlines clueless of the kind of war he’s fighting. He berates these types in this book and gives names while he’s at it. This might be a problem for some veterans and their families, but to me the honesty, albeit, candid tone of Goldsmith’s memoir is a refreshing angle of that “strange war”. It certainly does not go along disgruntled stories of Vietnam veterans who grew skeptical of the System; a reality not shared by many of their fellow veterans. Papa Bravo Romeo, isn’t a defeatist or critical book, it isn’t even emotional one, its the author’s technicality of doing his job and getting out alive.
The action gets intense in the last parts. Many of it are graphic, really graphic, and it really shows what these men really went through. Mr. Goldsmith's also encounters Special Forces (Green Beret) "advisers" with their Kit Carson scouts, and mercenaries dressed as Viet Cong for psychological warfare and has plenty of interesting to say about these people and their function. Another disturbing account was with a suspected turncoat (traitor) American; a pony-tail blond hippie - a description from one of the SEAL team probably ordered to assassinate him. However the book has always been about the PBR guys and serves to inform its readers how involved these people were in that "Strange War". They were not just transport for SEALs or any other, but were in the thick of the fighting as well even at times sitting ducks but got the job done. Without PBR fighting the tenacious enemy would have made the more far more difficult than it ever was....more
This Bible is probably the best one to carry around. A great companion for every Christian who likes to dig in deep more in the spiritual trenches andThis Bible is probably the best one to carry around. A great companion for every Christian who likes to dig in deep more in the spiritual trenches and approach their faith intellectually. Aside from its easy to read modern English translation, in its pages you'll come across guides called 'Insights' which is truly handy in relating or understanding message of the scripture even further.
Its contents are timeless indeed and its scriptures are unfolding and reaching front page news. Human nature was and is basically the same thousands of years ago and despite our easy accessible and growing knowledge, and convenient lives, we are unfortunately more deprived, more twisted, and worse today (as Jesus and the prophets foretold).
The study bible is no different to any bible when it comes to its ultimate purpose; it is mankind's manual, an eternal self-help book that does not only guide you on this life but also on the next. This will always be a currently-reading material....more
As far as I can remember, The Exorcist was probably the first novel I've read that got me into the love and constant longing for reading. This book coAs far as I can remember, The Exorcist was probably the first novel I've read that got me into the love and constant longing for reading. This book contains what I thought had the best dialogues ever written by an individual imagining different characters strikingly in contrast with each other. You can almost feel these people are real and of course the horror that affects each of them. ...more