Through the horrors of war and intense and almost unbelievable persecution for their faith in Christ, the characters in this novel - all composites of people known to the author - display enduring perseverance and courage. The underlying truth of each fictional episode makes this book much more than mere fiction. It is the gripping story of real people who would not recant their faith despite the most traumatizing conditions. Truly the gates of hell could not overcome China's courageous believers of Jesus Christ.
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“Red Runs the River” is veteran missionary, Anthony Bollback’s story of the persecuted church in China since the take over of Communism in the decades from 1960 – 1970.
Bollback’s writing is highly acclaimed by missionary statesmen, Christian leaders and educators as being sensitive, historically accurate, gripping and passionate.
Another time, another government, and a changing economy: but always bloodshed for the Christian Church in the broad expanse of China’s history and vast area. Because of the nature of the persecuted church in China today and to protect those faithful in the Christian movement going on currently, Bollback has chosen the medium of historical fiction to tell the story behind the reality of martyrdom and imprisonment among Chinese Christians.
Much of the story is centered on the lives of Meiling and Anching and their love for each other. These and other characters developed in the story are composites of real people many of whom are known by Bollback.
As a veteran writer Bollback knows how to capture the feelings of anguish, the passion of purpose, and the realism of intimidation and of danger experienced by committed Christians in China today. The story contains all the elements of drama, intrigue, romance, conflict and resolution.
“Red Runs the River” challenges the Church with a wake up call to the realty that Christians around the world are being persecuted for their faith. This is a call to intercessory prayer. The story is compelling, eye opening, a page turner. Heart touching and life changing.