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Alone in a Windowless Cell. . . Richard Wurmbrand had plenty of time to think during his fourteen years in a Communist prison. He reflected on his life, his world, and especially his Creator. His fellow prisoners included other pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. They shared ideas and insights, and even preached sermons to each other. The captivity he endured include Alone in a Windowless Cell. . . Richard Wurmbrand had plenty of time to think during his fourteen years in a Communist prison. He reflected on his life, his world, and especially his Creator. His fellow prisoners included other pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. They shared ideas and insights, and even preached sermons to each other. The captivity he endured included three years of solitary confinement. Although deprived of human companionship, he remained in intimate communion with God. He examined in depth the revelation of the Bible and its mandates for the Christian life. His meditations from those years are provocative, challenging, sometimes disturbing. They are the thoughts of a man who has been close to God and close to death. After reading his contemplations, you will read the Bible with a fresh perspective. You will look on your fellow man in a different light. You may even live in a new way.


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Alone in a Windowless Cell. . . Richard Wurmbrand had plenty of time to think during his fourteen years in a Communist prison. He reflected on his life, his world, and especially his Creator. His fellow prisoners included other pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. They shared ideas and insights, and even preached sermons to each other. The captivity he endured include Alone in a Windowless Cell. . . Richard Wurmbrand had plenty of time to think during his fourteen years in a Communist prison. He reflected on his life, his world, and especially his Creator. His fellow prisoners included other pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. They shared ideas and insights, and even preached sermons to each other. The captivity he endured included three years of solitary confinement. Although deprived of human companionship, he remained in intimate communion with God. He examined in depth the revelation of the Bible and its mandates for the Christian life. His meditations from those years are provocative, challenging, sometimes disturbing. They are the thoughts of a man who has been close to God and close to death. After reading his contemplations, you will read the Bible with a fresh perspective. You will look on your fellow man in a different light. You may even live in a new way.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I love Richard Wurmbrand. Tortured for Christ transformed my understanding of Christianity. This book, in my opinion, is a mixed bag of profound and strange meditations. Some of them I loved, and others left me scratching my head or disagreeing. First, some thoughts on the book's shortcomings, then on why I'm glad I read it. Wurmbrand wasn't exactly a Bible scholar, though he could read the Bible in Greek and Hebrew. The latter is not surprising, for he grew up as a Romanian Jew--perhaps one sour I love Richard Wurmbrand. Tortured for Christ transformed my understanding of Christianity. This book, in my opinion, is a mixed bag of profound and strange meditations. Some of them I loved, and others left me scratching my head or disagreeing. First, some thoughts on the book's shortcomings, then on why I'm glad I read it. Wurmbrand wasn't exactly a Bible scholar, though he could read the Bible in Greek and Hebrew. The latter is not surprising, for he grew up as a Romanian Jew--perhaps one source of his tendency to read the Bible in a way I find unusual (he definitely does not read it like a typical American evangelical). I would describe a lot of the meditations as a combination of mysticism and speculative word studies. For instance, he notes that Jesus is sometimes called ho Iisus--"the Jesus"--and draws some speculative conclusions from it. Still, Wurmbrand has an uncommon way of seeing things that can be profound. I'll give two examples. "Commanded Love": How do we come to terms with the problem of evil and suffering, and even of the doctrine of hell? And how do we learn to love God in spite of these things that bother us?The fact that my thoughts are not conjoined with His shows that I have no imaginary God. If I had decided how God should be, I would have chosen Him to create a universe without suffering, age, and death. But I know I have the real God because my heart, the heart of a fallen sinner, is in disagreement with Him."The Mystery of Jesus' Sacrifice": This was my favorite, and I need to quote from it at length to do it any justice:Suppose you were living 2,000 years ago in Palestine, that you were sinful, heavy with guilt, and Jesus told you, 'Your sin is grave and deserves punishment. The wages of sin are death. But tomorrow I will be flogged and crowned with a crown of thorns with you--I invite you to assist them when they drive nails into My hands and feet and fix Me to a cross. I will cry with anguish, and I will share the sorrow of My mother whose heart will be pierced by compassion for Me as if by a sword. You should be there to hear My cries. And when I have died, you shall know that your sins are forgiven forever, that I was your substitute, your scapegoat. This is how a man gets saved. Will you accept My suffering for your offense, or do you prefer to bear the punishment yourself?' What would you have answered? In my prison cell...He put before me the problem I have just put to you...I had to decide whether or not to accept the sacrifice of the innocent Son of God for my sins. I believed that to accept would be a greater wickedness than all I might ever have done in my life and I flatly refused this proposal. Jesus was glad about my 'No.' Then came the real question, the thing he had had in mind from the beginning. 'What if I incorporate your being into Mine, if you become part of My body, if you deny yourself as an independent self, and I will live in you henceforth and you will be 'crucified with me' (Galatians 2:20), 'buried with me' (Romans 6:4), and share the fellowship of My suffering (Philippians 3:10)? People in churches will sing, 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus,' while you will be safe as an arm of Jesus, nailed like His to a cross, but also imparting goodness like His. Do you wish to become My co-worker for the salvation of mankind, alleviating sufferings, filling up 'what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ' (Colossians 1:24), and imparting eternal life to others? By virtue of my presence in you, the real fruits of My wounds will appear in your soul. I have accepted this proposal. Christians are meant to have the same vocation as their King, that of cross-bearers... A man who smugly accepts Christ's dying for him and shouts Hallelujah about the innocent Son of God receiving punishment he himself deserves should be more severely punished than before. The gospel, the good news, is the privilege of becoming a member of the Body of Christ, of suffering, of dying in pain with Him, and also of being resurrected with Him in glory... The reality of a conversion is in becoming one with Him. It is shameful and abominable to accept His substitutionary death otherwise."This meditation alone was worth the price of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Băhnaru

    Adevăruri și lucruri de care cumva nu erai pe deplin conștient, sau nu le vedeai profunzimea lor reală. Te face să privești Biblia ca pe o operă de artă, să vezi cum apostolii s-au inspirat și din alte opere sau poeți, ce înseamnă să-L iubești pe Dumnezeu, care e esența timpului, cuvinte din limba ebraică și impactul pe care îl au atunci când le înțelegi și astfel înțelegând mult mai profund adevărurile traduse în limba română. Recomand, pentru oricine vrea să vadă mai profund Adevărul.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terry W. West

    Amazing Insights from an Unimaginable Place I was blessed by these meditations. As Richard Wurmbrand pointed out in his preface, not even agreed later after being released with all of his own conclusion, but no matter these meditations show the faithfulness of Christ to him in a place very few could even imagine. To God be the glory!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    It is well with my soul. Definitely recommend it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Akkerman

    A little bit dark and twisty, but that's understandable since he wrote these thoughts in solitary confinement. Some of the concepts are interesting - I found it worth the read. A little bit dark and twisty, but that's understandable since he wrote these thoughts in solitary confinement. Some of the concepts are interesting - I found it worth the read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaehn4

    Touched by God's love yet again. I will hold onto this book because I feel it could be used as a devotional. I have read many books full of stories of people overcoming brutally and horrific events to stand up for thier faith in Christ. This was a wonderfully written story of Richard Wurmbrand faith journey. Touched by God's love yet again. I will hold onto this book because I feel it could be used as a devotional. I have read many books full of stories of people overcoming brutally and horrific events to stand up for thier faith in Christ. This was a wonderfully written story of Richard Wurmbrand faith journey.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is a collection of 100 meditations, or devotions. They are all relatively short. Some are excellent, some not so much. But he's almost always interesting. This isn't nearly as good as "In God's Underground," but then again, it is an entirely different kind of book. This is a collection of 100 meditations, or devotions. They are all relatively short. Some are excellent, some not so much. But he's almost always interesting. This isn't nearly as good as "In God's Underground," but then again, it is an entirely different kind of book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Very profound. You cannot read this fast because you have to digest it.

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