After years of imprisonment and solitary confinement, enduring inhumane torture, Richard Wurmbrand emerges with a powerful testimony of courageous faith. Even today, believers are suffering and dying for Christ, yet their faith will not falter under the most unthinkable persecutions. In this stirring account, Wurmbrand (founder of The Voice of the Martyrs) encourages us to remember those in chains and equips us to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
- Well read, good pace , excellent testimony.
This was a good testimony and gave me good insight into what went on behind the iron curtain. Also gave me a good background on Russian culture.
- A needed perspec
Had me in tears to hear the stories of persecuted church and our need as free church to not neglect those who suffer so much for the spread of the gospel when we often are scared of being criticised for speaking the good news people need to hear. This true story has helped me perceive so much clearer the difficulty of the early New Testament. Reading 2Corinthians after hearing this audiobook brought me to tears.
- very encouraging
Very good book and amazing true story.
The writer is not a professional so it comes across very raw and not always in chronological order this may be a problem for some as the writing is not the most captivating, but for me that was part of its appeal. It was like raw uncut eye witness testimony in a similar vain to Acts and the Gospels.
It felt like listening to raw history and getting a glimpse into the reality of the lives of regular people who Christ empowered with incredible strength.
Had some really interesting insights into Communism, and also encouraged me to witness more and be more bold in my faith.
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This is a great book. I have very limited free time so to listen as I drive is a very useful way to get into God's word and learn more about the plight of fellow brothers and sisters suffering for their faith. It has been great to bring awareness to the self indulgence that I as a Westerner partake in. We must like the author Richard look beyond ourselves and focus on the mission which is to bring others to the knowledge and salvation of Jesus Christ.
I can highly recommend this book/audio book .
- Christianity Under Persecution
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand is part auto-biography, part helpful advise for the church in the West to pray for and help out their persecuted brothers and sisters in closed nations. The testimonies from Richard's experiences under communism in Romania are truly heartbreaking and courageous as Christians are attacked for their faith.
The parts of the book outlining life under persecution are fascinating and very challenging as Christians in the West often take their freedom for granted and need to do what they can to assist those in need. It is a refreshing reminder of what is really important in these materialistic societies in which most Christians in America and Australia live.
I found this book very challenging as I find it difficult to witness to people but so many in harsh and oppressive conditions are about to it without any fuss. I also found it inspiring as Christians under heavy persecution were still willing to preach the gospel despite the consequences.
The narration was very good as the narrator used multiple accents (Romanian, German and Russian) to convey the message. I am not sure how accurate the accents were but it certainly enhanced my experience of listening to the book.
This book is a very challenging and convicting book that will impact anyone who reads it. For the majority of first world Christians it is a wake up call to be more proactive with their faith while we live in religious freedom.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Very Challenging
I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.
Narrator Thoughts: Normally even when you are listening to a book about people in a different country, most narrators don't adjust their voices for the place where the author came from. I thought that Alex did an amazing job of speaking distinctly and speaking in a German, Russian, or Romanian accent depending on the place in the book. It was very good. He gave a depth and meaning to the book that was very helpful.
Book Thoughts: I had heard about this book for many years. Now I know that the reports were not exaggerated. I found this book challenging and convicting.
It clearly details the struggles and tortures of the underground church around the world today. It exposes the communist party and how their "churches" are nothing more than a front to hide the fact that there really is no religious freedom.
I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers because of some of the graphic content. All true and very powerful.
This is very powerful book. It reminded me of my suffering brothers and sisters around the world. I need to pray for them and help them.
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- From Voice of the Martyrs
I remember receiving a free copy of the Tortured for Christ when I was in high school. It was a promotion from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) to raise awareness about their founder and the plight of the Church (big “C”) in countries that are hostile to the gospel. They still run the same promotion today, so anyone even marginally interested can pick up a copy without losing a dime.
The book has been reprinted numerous times, with modern reprints using a foreword from the latest VOM president. In addition to having a new foreword, this is the first time I’ve heard of an audio version being made available. The audiobook is not available for free, and I don’t know if VOM plans to offer it free in the future or not.
The book tells the personal testimony of how Richard Wurmbrand became a Christian in Romania, suffered for his faith during the Nazi occupation in WWII, and then endured prison and tortures from the Communists during and after Soviet Occupation of the country. Once he gets to his immigration to the West, he transitions to the second half of his book and writes about Communism, the persecuted church, and the West’s lack of support of its persecuted brothers in other countries. It is challenging, but in a world where Communism is no longer a strong player, it feels a little dated and tended to drag for me.
The audiobook is somewhat unique because the narrator, who is not named, speaks with a slight Eastern European accent, presumably Romanian. The accent is understandable for the most part, although I did have difficulty understanding once or twice when the narrator was reading Romanian or Russian names. Still, it gives the audiobook a feeling of authenticity, as though the narrator is Richard Wurmbrand himself.
Ultimately, VOM publishes the book to help bring in support for its ministry, and for that I commend them. Whether you opt to request a free print copy, buy the audiobook, or just donate to the ministry itself, you won’t feel like you’re wasting your money.
I received this audiobook from christianaudio for the purpose of providing this review.
NOTE: What probably prompted a new edition was the suicide in 2012 of the previous President, Tom White, who took his own life after police identified him as the suspect in a case of child molestation. White had written the foreword to the previous edition and Voice of the Martyrs was wise to distance itself from him. The ministry does solidly good support work for persecuted Christians and their reputation should not be tarnished because of White’s sin, which was not linked to the ministry in any way.
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