book 4

“The Heavenly Man” by Brother Yun was my fourth book read this year.

a friend of my husband’s had it on his bookshelf when we visited over christmas and he thought it was an interesting story. i had skimmed a view pages when we were there and decided to add it to my ‘to read’ list. if anything, i was curious about the story.

The Heavenly Man tells of the conversion, trials, successes, and story of Brother Yun, a Chinese Christian during the late 1970s into the 1990s. the book details imprisonment, family life, and the faith of Brother Yun as he goes through unimaginable trials and obstacles in his endeavor to win his nation to Christ.

my take on this book is that is seems sensationalized. i’m not a skeptic of Christianity or the power of God and all that He can do, but i am a skeptic of stories that seem hyped. i felt that the author was looking for a reaction and he lacked genuine humility. lastly, i questioned whether this was a truly accurate representation of Christians/Christianity during this time—would this book be the representation of all Chinese Christians?

in short, I wrestled with the authenticity of the account. i recognize that i probably have no place in doing so, but this is also a blog post where i don’t demand that you agree with me.

my suggestion would be read it if you are interested in the story, but also consider taking in multiple accounts of Christian autobiographies and Chinese Christians. i give it two out of five stars.


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