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His father was an enemy of the state. His mother was told to have an abortion. His teachers mocked him. He didn't meet his father until he was four years old. And his family lived on the run for years. Yet Isaac Liu, son of Brother Yun, survived to serve the Lord as a pastor and evangelist himself! 144 pages, softcover from Kregel.
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Review 1 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Compelling story

Date:January 10, 2014
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I was interested to read about Brother Yun's son, having read his father's story. I have seen many children of pastors and missionaries hurt by their parents' dedication to the Lord and seeming neglect of their families, so I wondered how Isaac felt about all his father had gone through. Isaac does have some struggles with this issue which he describes honestly in this book. Yet he never loses his faith or his passion for sharing the Lord. Another reviewer mentioned the awkwardness of the writing. I agree. The book is translated from German, so it's not Isaac's lack of knowing English that presents the problem. Overall, the translator did a good job, but there are many places that are a bit rough - to our American eyes. Even so, the story is worth reading for the awareness of the price many people in other countries pay to follow the Lord. And to see God's faithfulness in action!
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Review 2 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Date:February 11, 2013
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After I read Brother Yun's book, I wanted to read his son's book. everyone should read both of these books.
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Review 3 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Wonderful perspective from the Brother Yun's son!

Date:June 12, 2012
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I was really excited to read this book because my mother-in-law had let me borrow The Heavenly Man two years ago and I loved it. I recommended it to so many people because I don't think many Americans have a clue about what life is like for Christians in other countries. Not only that, I think many Americans think that God is believed in half-heartily in other countries, as many "Christians" do so in America. With that said, that book left some questions for me. I had questions, such as, what do his children think about him being gone all the time and putting Christ first? How could he have influenced them in their lives if he was gone? How did his wife handle all of the persecution (which the book touched on a little, but I wanted to know more)? At any point, did they ever want to throw up their hands and say "this just isn't worth it?"
When I saw this book come up as a review choice, I immediately filled out the form and awaited its arrival. I was curious to know, from his son's perspective, how his dad influenced his life. Did he ever face persecution and did he love Jesus as much as his dad? Enough to give it all?
This book is short and can easily be read in a day (probably even a half of a day, with no distractions). That was refreshing in itself. Sometimes the best books say what needs to be said and then they end it. Throughout the pages, Isaac talks about the persecution he faces on behalf of his dad's name, how they had to change their names, their homes, and ultimately their lives to escape a sure death. He shares with the readers that yes, at times, he didn't want to believe in God. He didn't want to accept what God was calling him to do for the rest of his life, either. He talks about how he didn't want to be known as Brother Yun's son...he had his own life and wanted his own name.
Towards the end, he discusses their escape from China, the miracles God worked for them to get out of China, and finally ends with his deep love and deep desire to one day return to China and reach many Chinese communities for Christ. This is a book that all Christians need to read. Not only so they can become more aware of what is happening in China (and many other countries), but also so we know how to better pray for them. What a wonderful testimony of God's hand working in their lives!
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I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
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Review 4 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Story of the Heavenly Man's son's faith journey

Date:June 8, 2012
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Son of the Underground by Isaac Liu is about the son of the famous Heavenly Man, Brother Yun, who has a story of his own to tell. Isaac's father was in prison for preaching God's Word when Isaac was born. In fact his birth was just the first of many miracles in this young man's life. Growing up in Communist China, he faced persecution and disgust from his peers and people from his village because of his father's record as an "enemy of the people" for being a firm follower of Jesus Christ. Yun missed much of his son's life, on the run and in prison, but his influence was felt in his son when Isaac began teaching people about God's Word at a very young age. He has seen the staunch faith of his grandmother, Nai Nai, who raised him when he was very young, and his mother who never gave up on or turned on her husband or God. In this book, Isaac tells the story of his youth in China, flight to Burma and then on to Germany to escape persecution for his faith and his father's "crimes." The book is fascinating in its tale of life in Communist China as a Christian, and each of us should be very grateful for the freedoms we have. It's also the very personal story of one man's search for a faith and calling of his own, separate from the father who has shadowed much of his life. The book is compelling and inspiring, but the narrative jumps around chronologically at times. jumping from age ten to eleven and down to eight or nine within a few pages. Isaac's writing style is also a bit stiff (which probably comes from his not being as familiar with English), so the deeply emotional parts don't have the impact they should. It's a good read for anyone wanting to know more about the Heavenly Man and his family, or looking for the story of one man's faith in impossible circumstances.
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Review 5 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Eye-opening first hand account of persecution

Date:June 7, 2012
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His father was an enemy of the state. His mother was told to have an abortion. His teachers mocked him. He first met his father when he was four years old. He and his family lived for years on the run.
Yet Isaac Liu, son of Brother Yun, survived to develop his own faith and character, and today is serving the Lord from his home in Germany.
My Review:
Though I have not had the privilege of reading the story of Brother Yun, The Heavenly Man, reading the story of his son, Isaac Liu, was riveting.
From the moment of his illegal birth in Communist China, to the harrowing journey to Germany, Liu's life was fraught with deprivation, hardship, hunger and fear. But in spite of all he and his mother and sister and grandmother endured in China, the Lord continued to be a source of light and life.
Reading about his grandmother reminded me of Timothy's grandmother, who was a godly influence in his life. She was a pillar in their village and would travel far to other villages to bring the Good News. Nai Nai actions and deeds in her Christian faith brought many people to Jesus. She would carry young Isaac on her back as they would travel to various villages to meet with other Christians.
I can't imagine what it must have been like for Isaac to have been ridiculed, mocked and tormented by his fellow students and teachers. They did that because his father spent so much time in prison for being a traveling minister. That made his father and his family an enemy of the state.
Many times he and his family had to deal with the state police searching their home, which wasn't more than an hut, looking for his father. When the danger of being arrested would arise, the family would move to another place and change their names.
My heart broke for this young man and all that he had endured. Yet at the same time, reading his story made me take a hard look at my own faith. Would I be able to hold onto the Lord's hand in such persecution? I can only pray I would.
In the United States of America we are still free to worship as we chose. We still have the freedom to attend any church we desire to. We Christians, still have liberties that our brothers and sisters in other countries don't have.
I am thankful for these freedoms, yet I believe those freedoms are going to disappear. By reading books such as Son of the Underground, and The Heavenly Man and For Those Tears, the Nora Lam Story, we can be encouraged to hold fast to our faith in Jesus.
Stories like Son of the Underground need to be shared. They help make those of us who are complacent and unaware of the persecution our brothers and sisters around the world are enduring to be mindful of them and remember them in our prayers. Their stories can help strengthen our walk with the Lord, bring about repentance in our lives and encourage us to live more fully for Him.
Son of the Underground was provided to me by Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. Thank you Kregel Publications.
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Review 6 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Faith In Action

Date:June 5, 2012
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Isaac Liu's father was an "enemy of the state." His father was an evangelist and preacher in communist China. His parents as well as Isaac's paternal grandmother loved and worshiped Jesus. Isaac's grandmother he called Nai Nai, even in her old age she would walk many miles to neighboring villages for prayer meetings and worship. Nai Nai would take her grandson Isaac with her. Isaac's mother worked in the fields and his father was often in jail for failure to stop evangelizing others to Jesus. Nai Nai would tell Isaac, "Much prayer, much power-little prayer, little power. Prayer equals power." Isaac grew up with a family that lived their faith in a country that was hostile and abusive to them. They persevered and worked tirelessly to spread the Gospel message of Jesus. China was a country not only of communism, but of belief in evil spirits, bad luck, fate, and occult worship. Yet, Isaac's tiny Nai Nai would in God's strength and power renounce evil.
Son Of The Underground is the story of Isaac Liu and his family beginning in China, from the time of his birth until present. We are given a powerful memoir of life under communist China. Isaac being born in to a Christian family did not automatically mean he was saved, but he became a Christian because of his own personal choice of belief in Jesus as the Christ. Isaac's belief in Jesus would lead him to also be at risk of being persecuted. It would also lead him to wonder and be in prayer about what was God's mission for his life!
Son Of The Underground, was eye-opening in its depth of what life in communist China is like for a Christian that lives their faith in action.
I appreciated Isaac Liu's transparency and boldness in sharing his story.
This is a book that is encouraging, inspiring, motivating.
I love to read biographies that do not just tell me the character's are Christian, but they show me by their faith in action---even at great peril.
Thank you to Kregel Publications and Lion Hudson for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review!
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Review 7 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Persecution of the Church in China

Date:June 4, 2012
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Here in America we have little personal comprehension or experience of physical persecution or death for the sake of our faith in Jesus Christ. Son of the Underground, the story of Isaac Liu, his parents and his sibling, Yiling, is told in first person about their life in China, before they escaped with their very lives to Germany, for preaching the Gospel in China between the years of 1950 and the early 2000′s.
We know from the New Testament that when persecution becomes extreme, the Gospel spreads and flourishes. You will learn firsthand from Son of the Underground how God used persecution to grow Isaac’s own personal spiritual life, as well as his family’s, in the midst of these circumstances. The times were horrific, scary, and sometimes discouraging. Yet God worked behind the scenes through fellow believers to bring them through. The dangers were real, personal and frightening, but the grace of God moved them forward.
The underground churches had to hide in order to worship and study the Bible. Sometimes they shared pages of the Bible to get the Word out to fellow believers. Isaac, himself, memorized the whole Bible in order to preach without being caught with a Bible. When their hiding places were found out, the leader/preacher was usually taken to prison. This happened often with Isaac’s father, Brother Yun. So frequently, in fact, that Isaac did not meet his father until he was four years old and saw little of him until 2001.
Son of the Underground is also an encouraging book, full of hope and faith in Jesus Christ to overcome persecution and struggles while preaching the Word of God, whether individually or as a group of believers. Isaac preached his first message at the age of thirteen without the aid of a Bible in hand. Though he later questioned his decision to become a preacher due to the horrific obstacles, he eventually surrendered his life to the Lord’s will and committed his life to preaching the Gospel. How Isaac came to this decision, after all the struggles of persecution and being on the run, is the meat of this book. Let it encourage you in your walk!
Isaac’s book will also show you specific ways to pray for the persecuted Church in other countries, as well as how to get involved in helping financially to fund the many underground churches and children’s homes. Though American believers currently live in a free nation, we are held accountable to help the persecuted churches through prayer, finances, and even personal involvement.
This book is a challenge to each of us to do God’s will whatever the cost—to live out the New Testament command to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This English translation was done in early 2012. You may find a few subtle sentence structure errors, but the message comes across loud and clear. God reigns!
This book was provided by Cat Hoort of Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
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Review 8 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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Fighting for Religous Freedom

Date:June 4, 2012
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The life of young Isaac growing up in China is almost unimaginable for someone living in the USA. I have always been free to worship God, anyway I choose. A high price in personal sacrifice is required of any Christian in China.
He grew up with his Dad being away a good share of the time, or in Jail...being treated horribly and tortured for "Loving the Lord". I loved that his family has such deep routes in Christianity. When some days turned their darkest, you see God laying his hands on them with the opening of doors that were surely closed.
Isaac is such a refreshing wonderful young man and looking for where God wants him to be, a heartwarming read.
I received this book from the Publisher Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Review 9 for Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man
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son of the "Heavenly Man"

Date:June 4, 2012
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Liu is the son of Brother Yun whose story was told in The Heavenly Man. Being born in a Christian family in China in the early 80s was dangerous. Your family was considered an enemy of the state. Brother Yun was already in prison and Liu's mother had been scheduled for a forced abortion.
But God had other plans. The night before the scheduled abortion, Liu was born. He survived his premature birth – without medical help. It wouldn't be until he was four that Liu would see his father.
Liu shares his memories of childhood, the influence of his godly grandmother, his mother working to support the family. He describes the local house churches and explains the hatred of the Chinese toward Christians. He shares confrontations with demons and secret house meetings. He attended Bible School and was preaching – at age eleven. There was a time when he lived with others as both of his parents were in prison.
He tells of their escape to Burma then to Thailand, finally being able to join his father in Germany. There Liu struggled with his call to preach. He is currently a pastor in Germany.
For those who have read The Heavenly Man, this is “the rest of the story.” We read of the struggles of the family while Brother Yun was in prison and then in Germany. While not as exciting as The Heavenly Man, it is a very good account of what it was like to be a Christian in China. Liu's explanation of the differences in the churches, the Three-Self Church and the house churches, is very enlightening. It is simply written yet worth reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications for the purpose of this review.
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