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The former pastor of a Chinese underground church tells the dramatic story of his imprisonment and escape as well as his tireless fight for freedom and human rights in China.


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The former pastor of a Chinese underground church tells the dramatic story of his imprisonment and escape as well as his tireless fight for freedom and human rights in China.

30 review for God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adam Collings

    What a powerful book. It reads like a thriller. My eyes have been opened more to the very real and still current struggle for religious and political freedom in China. I find myself newly grateful that I live in a free country like Australia.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This gives a thorough examination of the underground churches on mainland China. It shows the atheism of Communism and its war on its own people and their freedoms. Most people do not know that persecution that is taking place in China. Its demand for abortions and the laws that limit the number of children that a family can have, which is only one. A woman cannot become pregnant unless she possess a yellow permit allowing her to become pregnant. If she becomes pregnant without the permit, it is This gives a thorough examination of the underground churches on mainland China. It shows the atheism of Communism and its war on its own people and their freedoms. Most people do not know that persecution that is taking place in China. Its demand for abortions and the laws that limit the number of children that a family can have, which is only one. A woman cannot become pregnant unless she possess a yellow permit allowing her to become pregnant. If she becomes pregnant without the permit, it is immediate abortion, no matter how late in her pregnancy she is. I believe many people ought to read this book and China's persecution of their own people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    If you have ever questioned whether God is real and at work in the world around you, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of "God's Double Agent". Bob Fu's account of his childhood and his path to becoming a follower of Jesus in the midst of communist China is absolutely riveting, and will leave you pondering your own dedication to God. It would be impossible to walk away from this book and not weigh the cost of following Christ, when you learn of the plight of millions of Chinese Christ If you have ever questioned whether God is real and at work in the world around you, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of "God's Double Agent". Bob Fu's account of his childhood and his path to becoming a follower of Jesus in the midst of communist China is absolutely riveting, and will leave you pondering your own dedication to God. It would be impossible to walk away from this book and not weigh the cost of following Christ, when you learn of the plight of millions of Chinese Christians who spend time in jail and who are brutally persecuted for their faith, and who still praise the name of Jesus! The book is very well-written, and reads more like a fiction book than an autobiography in that the chapters are full of action and drama, romance and suspense. But the best part of this book is that it is a true account, such that instead of just wishing that the characters are real, like in fiction novels, readers can know that these men and women are real. Through the pages of this story, readers will grow to genuinely care about Bob Fu and his wife Heidi, and see that they are not pretending to be perfect, but struggle with the same things you and I do. Bob and Heidi demonstrate the power of relying on God to set the course of your future, and submitting to His will for your life. Yet they also remind us that we are in s spiritual war, and we must also play a role in fighting for the freedom of men and women and children to be free from persecution. "God's Double Agent" will not only stir your faith, but call you to take action as well. It is a book that everyone should read! I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I had the honor of visiting with Mr. Fu when I went to Midland to visit a friend there. The prayer meeting in his home became a moment I will cherish forever as I knew I was with someone who was extra special. He has seen and experienced and fought for more than I've ever known to pray for. His story was riveting. I could NOT put this book down. I loved the record of his days at Liaocheng Teacher's College. It was heart wrenching to hear of the sacrifices made by so many, especially his family, I had the honor of visiting with Mr. Fu when I went to Midland to visit a friend there. The prayer meeting in his home became a moment I will cherish forever as I knew I was with someone who was extra special. He has seen and experienced and fought for more than I've ever known to pray for. His story was riveting. I could NOT put this book down. I loved the record of his days at Liaocheng Teacher's College. It was heart wrenching to hear of the sacrifices made by so many, especially his family, for him to follow and share Christ. The prison accounts were chilling; his conversion story compelling. I walked away challenged to evaluate my response to the gospel and to renew my urgency in prayer for the Chinese church.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    2018 This book is absolutely perfect for times such as these. The author grew up suffering in extreme poverty and chose to seek riches and political power no matter the cost. He longs to set right the societal wrongs he sees around him and becomes a leader of a protest in his school. That eventually leads him to Tiananmen Square. In the aftermath of the tragic massacre, Bob’s life falls apart. Everything he had worked for was jeopardized, and those he thought were his friends deserted him. Then 2018 This book is absolutely perfect for times such as these. The author grew up suffering in extreme poverty and chose to seek riches and political power no matter the cost. He longs to set right the societal wrongs he sees around him and becomes a leader of a protest in his school. That eventually leads him to Tiananmen Square. In the aftermath of the tragic massacre, Bob’s life falls apart. Everything he had worked for was jeopardized, and those he thought were his friends deserted him. Then God reaches down and shows Him true revolution. That is where this book gets even timelier as he learns God’s solution to injustice and governmental abuses. He certainly never stops advocating for the suffering oppressed, but he starts to see a more vital eternal change that must happen in every human heart before hatred and greed can disappear. Then we get to see a tiny glimpse of God’s working in China through the house church movement. It is beautiful and heartbreaking. The souls saved despite fearsome persecution make this part of the book eternally hopeful. The book ends by showing up what is possible when Christians in America stand up for our brethren suffering for our Savior. Because of the author’s understanding of both sides of suffering, he can explain what that means to them. Parts of this book describe the most intrusive family planning regulations. He tries to be as delicate as possible, but between that and the tortures described, I would only recommend it for an older teen to adult audience. For that audience, I can’t recommend it highly enough. 2016 The joy of the Lord shines on every page, even giving up all for the Lord who was with him through every trial. Trust Jesus for forgiveness of your sins and he will be with you as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I had a friend who recently read this book and recommended it to me. I'm certainly glad he did. Bob Fu records his personal history that is easy to read but impossible to dismiss. If I said it once, I said it at least ten times. "It's really daunting what we in the Western world take for granted. Sure we read about and think we know about persecution. But reality is we can't appreciate the significance unless we've lived it." Bob Fu lived it. And attempts to rescue others from the same persecuti I had a friend who recently read this book and recommended it to me. I'm certainly glad he did. Bob Fu records his personal history that is easy to read but impossible to dismiss. If I said it once, I said it at least ten times. "It's really daunting what we in the Western world take for granted. Sure we read about and think we know about persecution. But reality is we can't appreciate the significance unless we've lived it." Bob Fu lived it. And attempts to rescue others from the same persecution. Fu leads a ministry entitled ChinaAid and constantly uses opportunities to educate those in America (and the West) regarding religious persecution in China. His personal story is not only hair-raising but a testimony to God's faithfulness. Fu provides evidence for God's providence and encouraged me to consider my own faith. I am reminded of a passage from Luke. "Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more than they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell" (12:4-5). If there was a modern-day "Hall of Faith," Fu would be included.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gophergirl58

    Every committed Christian should read Bob Fu's book, God's Double Agent, especially to have a better understanding of how persecuted China's Christians are! After becoming friends with a young Chinese couple who own and operate an Asian restaurant in our small and rural town, I become somewhat interested in the Chinese culture. I just happened to review another Goodread's list of read books and noted Bob Fu's book and checked it out of our State's online library. It is one of the best books I ha Every committed Christian should read Bob Fu's book, God's Double Agent, especially to have a better understanding of how persecuted China's Christians are! After becoming friends with a young Chinese couple who own and operate an Asian restaurant in our small and rural town, I become somewhat interested in the Chinese culture. I just happened to review another Goodread's list of read books and noted Bob Fu's book and checked it out of our State's online library. It is one of the best books I have read this year. May the Lord bless the work of Bob Fu and those who comprise ChinaAid.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Excellent autobiography by Bob Fu, describing the the underground church in China and their struggle against suppression and persecution. Very inspiring!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Though I grew up hearing stories like these, I still struggle to understand that such abuses are happening right now. Lord, have mercy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    This is by far the best book I have read this year! And that is saying a lot as I've read many good books this year. What captivated me the most about this book was the way that Bob Fu seems to balance God's sovereignty with human responsibility. Too many books like this attribute everything that happened to either one of those extremes (it does not matter what one's religious, or non-religious background). As I read this account, I felt that some of the things that happened in Fu's life could ha This is by far the best book I have read this year! And that is saying a lot as I've read many good books this year. What captivated me the most about this book was the way that Bob Fu seems to balance God's sovereignty with human responsibility. Too many books like this attribute everything that happened to either one of those extremes (it does not matter what one's religious, or non-religious background). As I read this account, I felt that some of the things that happened in Fu's life could have been easily avoided if he was just a bit more careful by digging a little deeper or was a bit less impulsive. However, the book became more authentic for me because of the fact that Fu did not try to hide the mistakes that he made by acting out of his youthful zeal, or act without thinking deeply about the situation from all angles. Another thing that I appreciated about this book was the way that Fu brings out the stories of those who helped him along the way. The selfless sacrifices of Christian missionaries, business people, teachers, politicians (yes, even the politicians), and others have contributed to this great story. It goes to show that no person is an island, and that we really need others to lean on. Finally, the Epilogue: A Letter to American Readers, is something that should not be skipped. And if you are a Christian, please pay close attention to Fu's letter to you - it is both heart warming and challenging, and it should be heeded. (Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and BakerBooks in exchange for an honest review.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gary B

    A great book since it highlights the ongoing problems and persecution being faced by Chinese believers. The underground church is clearly where God is most at work in China. Chairman Mao's wife's comment that the church is dead (or words to that effect) are ironic given that she is and the church is very-much alive. I don't know how, as a believer, I can, should or will respond to Bob's book. He describes some possible responses in the back of the book. I was encouraged to hear that Bob's convers A great book since it highlights the ongoing problems and persecution being faced by Chinese believers. The underground church is clearly where God is most at work in China. Chairman Mao's wife's comment that the church is dead (or words to that effect) are ironic given that she is and the church is very-much alive. I don't know how, as a believer, I can, should or will respond to Bob's book. He describes some possible responses in the back of the book. I was encouraged to hear that Bob's conversion was as a result of the work of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission. It was as eye-opening as Randy Alcorn's novel Safely Home which I read several years ago and describes similar persecution and underground church activity as Bob's real experiences.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    It never ceases to amaze me how unaware we are in the USA of the struggles people face in other nations, and practicing religious freedom is something we tend to take for granted. I often hear conflicting reports about what's happening to Christians in other nations, and it was heart-wrenching to read this firsthand report from a man who suffered so greatly and wrongfully at the hands of not only anti-Christian zealots, but high-ranking government officials. Don't believe the propaganda from peo It never ceases to amaze me how unaware we are in the USA of the struggles people face in other nations, and practicing religious freedom is something we tend to take for granted. I often hear conflicting reports about what's happening to Christians in other nations, and it was heart-wrenching to read this firsthand report from a man who suffered so greatly and wrongfully at the hands of not only anti-Christian zealots, but high-ranking government officials. Don't believe the propaganda from people who want to water down the truth about what's happening in China. This book is a must read for anyone interested in social justice and human rights, as well as those who are committed to praying for the persecuted church worldwide.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This is an excellent and eye-opening book. We hear stories of abuse under communist China, but this is a first-hand account. Bob Fu, raised under communist rule, trained and taught in their schools. He converted to Christianity, he started teaching underground Bible studies, eventually being arrested and imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. He and his wife escape to the West, where they work to help others in similar situations. Highly recommended. Literally one of the best autobiographies I've rea This is an excellent and eye-opening book. We hear stories of abuse under communist China, but this is a first-hand account. Bob Fu, raised under communist rule, trained and taught in their schools. He converted to Christianity, he started teaching underground Bible studies, eventually being arrested and imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. He and his wife escape to the West, where they work to help others in similar situations. Highly recommended. Literally one of the best autobiographies I've read in years.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    great book! read very smoothly, as if is a fiction story and not a biography! actually, since i only just opened the book on my Kindle and never looked at the cover, I actually did think it was fiction for the whole beginning of the book until certain obvious clues gave it away. Has greatly increased my interest in China's government, and has opened my eyes to some problems there I didn't know existed. great book! read very smoothly, as if is a fiction story and not a biography! actually, since i only just opened the book on my Kindle and never looked at the cover, I actually did think it was fiction for the whole beginning of the book until certain obvious clues gave it away. Has greatly increased my interest in China's government, and has opened my eyes to some problems there I didn't know existed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    Fascinating read about the amazing faith of a Chinese believer and the incredible persecution he endured and obstacles he had to overcome todo what he believed. god was calling him to do. You'll get great insights into the Chinese house church movement and to how China tries to suppress Christianity. I had a hard time putting it down. Fascinating read about the amazing faith of a Chinese believer and the incredible persecution he endured and obstacles he had to overcome todo what he believed. god was calling him to do. You'll get great insights into the Chinese house church movement and to how China tries to suppress Christianity. I had a hard time putting it down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A great read. If you're a Christian (and even if you're not), don't miss this one! It is inspiring to discover a real-live person who has dedicated his entire life to such an important cause. Bob Fu is a true disciple of Christ. And if you've ever wondered if God is still a God of miracles, Fu's experiences will give you something to ponder. A great read. If you're a Christian (and even if you're not), don't miss this one! It is inspiring to discover a real-live person who has dedicated his entire life to such an important cause. Bob Fu is a true disciple of Christ. And if you've ever wondered if God is still a God of miracles, Fu's experiences will give you something to ponder.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lessie

    I enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to the situation in China. I had no idea the government is that oppressive. I mean...I knew...but still had no idea. Probably still don't. I think the letter to American readers at the end is particularly insightful and helpful. I enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to the situation in China. I had no idea the government is that oppressive. I mean...I knew...but still had no idea. Probably still don't. I think the letter to American readers at the end is particularly insightful and helpful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Horrell

    Wonderful and tremendously inspiring. Unsettling insight into what it is like being a Christ Follower in China...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Humphrey

    What would it be like to live as a follower of Christ under a Communist, atheist government? In “God’s Double Agent” Bob Fu answers that question from his firsthand experience. One cannot read the account of Bob Fu’s life in China and be the same. This was the perfect book to read on the heels of completing “Something Needs to Change” by David Platt. These two books, read in tandem, provide a powerful antidote to the insouciance of the American church. This book reads like a spy novel. The advent What would it be like to live as a follower of Christ under a Communist, atheist government? In “God’s Double Agent” Bob Fu answers that question from his firsthand experience. One cannot read the account of Bob Fu’s life in China and be the same. This was the perfect book to read on the heels of completing “Something Needs to Change” by David Platt. These two books, read in tandem, provide a powerful antidote to the insouciance of the American church. This book reads like a spy novel. The adventures, struggles and persecution encountered by Mr. Fu and his wife Heidi—along with countless other Chinese believers—is staggering. I for one have taken my religious freedoms too much for granted. No Chinese believer has that luxury. There is simply no room, indeed no purpose, for lukewarm Christianity in a country where practicing one’s faith could cost everything. It was said by Napoleon that China was a sleeping giant. But China is no longer sleeping. Rather, China has awakened economically even as it has descended further into the dark ages of forced abortions (by some estimates, as many abortions have been performed in China as there are people in the United States), political, social, and religious oppression. But the Church in China continues to grow—“I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it” said Jesus as recorded in Matthew’s gospel (16:18). There are several potent takeaways from this most powerful and impactful book. First, as followers of Christ who are part of the Church universal we need to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe. Second, for those who live in areas of religious freedom we must continually be reminded that to whom much is given, much is required. Third, we must prepare ourselves for the day when we may be called on to suffer persecution for the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Fourth, we must use our considerable financial resources in the West to help those who are in need. Finally, we must ask ourselves the question: Lord, what will you have me do for your kingdom and your glory? Read this book and be challenged. Be changed. Be informed. Rise up from your slumber Church! Happy reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    This is a well written account of Bob Fu’s life in China as a young child during the Cultural Revolution and his student days which saw him persecuted for his role as a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests. As a sincere and intelligent young man, Bob Fu became disillusioned with communism as it turned friend against friend and forced families like his into extreme poverty. During his own time of persecution Bob read a booklet about a Chinese intellectual’s story of coming to faith This is a well written account of Bob Fu’s life in China as a young child during the Cultural Revolution and his student days which saw him persecuted for his role as a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests. As a sincere and intelligent young man, Bob Fu became disillusioned with communism as it turned friend against friend and forced families like his into extreme poverty. During his own time of persecution Bob read a booklet about a Chinese intellectual’s story of coming to faith in Jesus. This book turned Bob’s life around and he surrendered his life to faith in God. His American English teacher at University was a Christian and soon a large number of students had found faith in Christ and met in their teachers quarters for Bible study. Bob and by now his wife Heidi were sent to prison for distributing Christian literature. When they were released they were closely monitored. Sensing that their days of freedom were limited, and with Heidi pregnant without a ‘permission to get pregnant ‘ Card, they decided to escape. The story moves to a different level as once in America, despite huge obstacles, Bob advocates for the religious freedoms of those in China experiencing persecution. Bob writes about his own first hand experiences and exhaustive work with many friends he now had in America, to help persecuted Christians either escape China or receive legal representation in China. I was impressed with the dedication of Bob and Heidi and how his book highlights a growing situation in China where minority faiths are persecuted and unjustly imprisoned and their families also punished.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Murray

    When I was younger, my dream was to translate the Bible into the various Chinese dialects in the mountains of the the giant mysterious country which had thousands of years of history. Because of this, China has always been a soft spot in my soul. This book includes a lot of very interesting first hand history of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Chinese underground church, and what it looked like to live in rural China during the 70s. This book also includes many wonderful accounts of God's mira When I was younger, my dream was to translate the Bible into the various Chinese dialects in the mountains of the the giant mysterious country which had thousands of years of history. Because of this, China has always been a soft spot in my soul. This book includes a lot of very interesting first hand history of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Chinese underground church, and what it looked like to live in rural China during the 70s. This book also includes many wonderful accounts of God's miraculous working. My only hesitation on recommending this book is that some might see Communism or China as being the "big enemy" of the book-- which Bob Fu would not want. He loves China, mourns the oppression which happens, and is opposed to the way in which the Communist party operates in a totalitarian manner. He stands for religious freedom. But if you are like me, raised in a conservative Christian bubble, you will see some of what is written and have flashbacks on all the lectures of the evils of Marxism, or the way that Communism is going to take over the world. Unfortunately, this book can be read and thought about in a political warfare ideology rather than spiritual warfare. Paul says our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and spiritual forces. All humanity, all systems, all political parties are fallen. Jesus demands our love, devotion, worship, and life-- and only He can provide true peace, love, hope, and joy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    I met Bob Fu last year at a conference here in Ireland so this made reading his biography definitely more personal. This account of his and Heidi's lives is obviously genuine with the kind of details that are hard to make up and others that, if you were making this up, you wouldn't include. They have suffered in ways we never experience here in the West and hopefully we never will. The book confirms the important role that the US has when it comes to championing religious freedom throughout the I met Bob Fu last year at a conference here in Ireland so this made reading his biography definitely more personal. This account of his and Heidi's lives is obviously genuine with the kind of details that are hard to make up and others that, if you were making this up, you wouldn't include. They have suffered in ways we never experience here in the West and hopefully we never will. The book confirms the important role that the US has when it comes to championing religious freedom throughout the world. It is to the credit of George W. Bush that he so prioritized the plight of persecuted Christians in China. Bill Clinton was the President who secured Bob's own escape from China. Before we criticise what is happening in the US, we would do well to remember how much of a contrast there is between the free world led by the US and its allies and places like China. Persecution and harassment on a level that shocks is an everyday experience for our brothers and sisters in China. However, as Bob says towards the end of this book "Without His permission no one can reduce one second of our life, nor can we add a single hour to our lives by worrying." The message of this book is that God cares and strengthens His children in the middle of a world made evil by the free choices of men.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Wichern

    Bob Fu simply tells his story - a story of a fight for freedom in 1989 as a student leader at Tiananmen Square, then his fight for greater freedoms: the freedom of religion and the freedom of thought. Powerful arguments, daring escapes, moments of despair, moments of triumph but mostly the hard, hard life that is the lot of anyone who dares to deviate from a totalitarian government. He is punished for being a Christ follower, but he fights the freedom to be a Christian, a Falun Gong, a Muslim. H Bob Fu simply tells his story - a story of a fight for freedom in 1989 as a student leader at Tiananmen Square, then his fight for greater freedoms: the freedom of religion and the freedom of thought. Powerful arguments, daring escapes, moments of despair, moments of triumph but mostly the hard, hard life that is the lot of anyone who dares to deviate from a totalitarian government. He is punished for being a Christ follower, but he fights the freedom to be a Christian, a Falun Gong, a Muslim. He tells what happens to lawyers who defend the rights of the accused. He relates first hand accounts of how the entire family is punished when a woman gets pregnant outside of the official sanctions, and her baby joins the other 400M (!) Chinese children that never saw the sun. He tells of his experiences with the US Government and the UN. He made me proud to be an American when he recounted the support and encouragement of individuals in this country. We live in a free society. We can choose to complain, or we can choose to live up to our example in the world. Bob Fu's story brings out the best in us,

  24. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    The life that our Chinese brothers and sisters face is truly hard. This book will open your eyes and help you to pray for them. I am praiseful for the people who are fighting to help them! So glad for Bob Fu's courage and perseverance in the fight. Keep on! There were a few things, however, about the book that I struggled with. The title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, he did serve God while a teacher in a Communist school but that part of the story occupied just a small part of the book. Also, it i The life that our Chinese brothers and sisters face is truly hard. This book will open your eyes and help you to pray for them. I am praiseful for the people who are fighting to help them! So glad for Bob Fu's courage and perseverance in the fight. Keep on! There were a few things, however, about the book that I struggled with. The title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, he did serve God while a teacher in a Communist school but that part of the story occupied just a small part of the book. Also, it is difficult to write about the amazing things God does for you without appearing like your boasting. It is a tough line to walk. But a lot of incredible things DID happen to him. So it is hard to say. It is amazing to see how God can take someone who is willing to pay whatever cost to follow Him and see where the Lord takes him or her. I know also, though, that there are so many just as faithful of whom we will never read or hear about until we get to heaven.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Bob Fu illustrates China's desperate need for prayer. An oppressed Communist country since Mao Zedong's rule in 1949, its citizens continue to be inhumanely treated for "crimes" such as being Christian, having more than one baby (and injected with poison for a forced abortion), and placed in labor camps that equate a death sentence harsher than imprisonment. While America made fun of former President George W. Bush for his poor fashion choices when visiting China, I think the media failed to hig Bob Fu illustrates China's desperate need for prayer. An oppressed Communist country since Mao Zedong's rule in 1949, its citizens continue to be inhumanely treated for "crimes" such as being Christian, having more than one baby (and injected with poison for a forced abortion), and placed in labor camps that equate a death sentence harsher than imprisonment. While America made fun of former President George W. Bush for his poor fashion choices when visiting China, I think the media failed to highlight Bush's more important mission to free the religiously tortured and imprisoned. Fu brings these details to light and America's ongoing fight to help the oppressed through his nonprofit ChinaAid. It's a page turner of a book, a thriller, and filled with stories where it's obvious God's Hand is on those who defend Jesus.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Fonseca

    This is a MUST READ for every Christian! I strongly urge every Christian to read this book, everyone must know about the unfathomable oppression, tortures, and imprisonments going on in China against Christians. Bob Fu founded ChinaAid a non-profit organization that advocates for and helps persecuted Christians in China. After being persecuted himself for Christ and for his leadership in the Chinese underground church, Bob Fu escaped to the US with his family in 1997 and has since worked tireles This is a MUST READ for every Christian! I strongly urge every Christian to read this book, everyone must know about the unfathomable oppression, tortures, and imprisonments going on in China against Christians. Bob Fu founded ChinaAid a non-profit organization that advocates for and helps persecuted Christians in China. After being persecuted himself for Christ and for his leadership in the Chinese underground church, Bob Fu escaped to the US with his family in 1997 and has since worked tirelessly with the US government to help persecuted Christians in China. Bob Fu has been instrumental in bringing into international attention the oppressive horrors Christians have had to endure in communist China. Put this book in your TBR!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    This book, written in 2013, Shines a light on the human rights violations being perpetrated in China against followers of Jesus Christ and people who dare to speak up for freedom. I learned so much and would love to read a follow up of what is going on in China currently. At the end of the book it tells ways that people can help persecuted followers of Jesus including signing petitions or writing letters to those in prison which alerts officials at the prison that the prisoner is known by those This book, written in 2013, Shines a light on the human rights violations being perpetrated in China against followers of Jesus Christ and people who dare to speak up for freedom. I learned so much and would love to read a follow up of what is going on in China currently. At the end of the book it tells ways that people can help persecuted followers of Jesus including signing petitions or writing letters to those in prison which alerts officials at the prison that the prisoner is known by those outside of China. I highly recommend this book. It was certainly eye opening.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sherree Bennett

    Much needed reality check! We read this book for our book club this month. The honesty with which the struggle of the Chinese people is presented is heart wrenching. Having been a christian for 40 years, it is easy to get lazy and spoiled in America. In other parts of the world, a stand for Christ or any religion, is to know that you may literally die for your decision. Thank you Bob Fu for sharing so openly and honestly about the plight of the Chinese people that I literally knew nothing about!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    I liked the perspective from inside China. The first 2/3 of the book was quite interesting. The last 1/3 wasn't nearly as interesting to me. Mr. Fu is a remarkable person who has sacrificed much for what is right. The writing was essentially a long-winded story that never came up for air. The writing made sense, but it was terribly straightforward and without any reflection. This is coming from someone who generally doesn't appreciate flowery writing. I was listening to the audiobook and kept rat I liked the perspective from inside China. The first 2/3 of the book was quite interesting. The last 1/3 wasn't nearly as interesting to me. Mr. Fu is a remarkable person who has sacrificed much for what is right. The writing was essentially a long-winded story that never came up for air. The writing made sense, but it was terribly straightforward and without any reflection. This is coming from someone who generally doesn't appreciate flowery writing. I was listening to the audiobook and kept ratcheting up the speed to get through it...

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Leek

    I'm embarrassed I hadn't heard of Bob Fu before. This book opened my eyes much further to the terrors Chinese followers of Jesus face. It also provides very interesting recent history of China as well as American efforts supporting religious freedom. Bob Fu is remarkably human and shares vulnerably in this book. It makes me want to live my life with more purpose and waste less time which I surely do. I'm embarrassed I hadn't heard of Bob Fu before. This book opened my eyes much further to the terrors Chinese followers of Jesus face. It also provides very interesting recent history of China as well as American efforts supporting religious freedom. Bob Fu is remarkably human and shares vulnerably in this book. It makes me want to live my life with more purpose and waste less time which I surely do.

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