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Harpercollins Publishing God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

The award-winning story about Christianity in communist China from journalist Liao Yiwu.

When journalist Liao Yiwu first stumbled upon a vibrant Christian community in the officially secular China, he knew little about Christianity. In fact, he'd been taught that religion was evil, and that those who believed in it were deluded, cultists, or imperialist spies. But as a writer whose work has been banned in China and has even landed him in jail, Liao felt a kinship with Chinese Christians in their unwavering commitment to the freedom of expression and to finding meaning in a tumultuous society.

Unwilling to let his nation lose memory of its past or deny its present, Liao set out to document the untold stories of brave believers whose totalitarian government could not break their faith in God, including:

  • The over-100-year-old nun who persevered in spite of beatings, famine, and decades of physical labor, and still fights for the rightful return of church land seized by the government
  • The surgeon who gave up a lucrative Communist hospital administrator position to treat villagers for free in the remote, mountainous regions of southwestern China
  • The Protestant minister, now memorialized in London's Westminster Abbey, who was executed during the Cultural Revolution as "an incorrigible counterrevolutionary"
This ultimately triumphant tale of a vibrant church thriving against all odds serves as both a powerful conversation about politics and spirituality and a moving tribute to China's valiant shepherds of faith, who prove that a totalitarian government cannot control what is in people's hearts.Named "Best Book of the Year" by Books and Culture.
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among the most powerful books Ive read this decade

Date:October 22, 2011
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If you ever have a day when you feel your life is hard, pick up this book and read a chapter.
If you ever have a day when you don't feel too great about America, pick up this book and read a chapter.
If you ever have a day when you don't feel like going to church, pick up this book and read a chapter.
Want to know what others endure for the sake of Christ and his message? Pick up this book and read a chapter.
Despite having been trained himself under communism to view religion as deluded and evil, author Liao Yiwu's God is Red conveys the astonishing strength and vibrancy of Chinese Christians who have kept the faith alive over the past century, against unceasing, inhumane obstacles. Liao's collection of interviews with Chinese Christians, banned in China itself, is an inspiring testimony to a true faith few of us will ever have reason to live out. Prepare to be at once both heartbroken and inspired by the story of China's recent and modern history. You'll likely read this in one sitting, and won't be the same afterwards.
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An excellent gathering of stories

Date:October 19, 2011
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This book, although not written by a Christian, is an excellent telling of personal stories of those who by preserverence kept their trust in Christ in times that would test one's faith. An excellent read. I've recommended it to individuals who were and are now involved in Christian activity in China.
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