Son Of The Underground~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ June 5th, 2012

Son Of The Underground The Story of Isaac Liu was an interesting book to read. I received it as part of a blog tour from Kregel Publications.

It is a small easy to read book sharing the struggles and faith of a family in the underground church in China. Issaac is the son of “The Heavenly Man Brother Yun”. His father was a leader in the Chinese church and imprisoned for much of Issac’s younger years.

The story shares how they came to faith in Christ and the things they endured while their father was in prison. His mother kept them together to the best of her ability, but things were very difficult for the.

I appreciated Issac’s honesty. He shared his struggle with faith at time because of what they endured. He shared why he made decisions he made and how God led him to become a pastor like his father.

The chapters detaling their escape from China were the most interesting to me! I took this book as a great reminder to pray for our fellow believers in China. I’m not sure that we can begin to know what they deal with. At the same time, it’s a reminder to me to be so very thankful for our freedom to worship and to not take it for granted.

Overall this is a good book. A little picky thing is that the co-writer could have perhaps helped with some of the wording to make it sound better in English. For example, the words maths was used many times. That being said, I still think it’s a good story and one that’s important for believers who live in freedom to read.

Description of this book:

Isaac Liu, the son of Brother Yun, tells his own story of growing up under the hostile eyes of the Chinese authoritiesIn the months before Isaac’s birth, Brother Yun was in prison. His mother was about to be forced into having an abortion, though seven months pregnant, because she was carrying the child of an enemy of the state. After desperate prayer, the night before she was due to go into a hospital for the operation, she miraculously gave birth.

Isaac met his father for the first time at the age of four. With Brother Yun constantly on the run, and his mother working to feed the family, Isaac’s grandmother cared for him. One day his mother was also arrested. Isaac and his sister were swiftly taken by local Christians to another town, where they registered at a school under false names. The family finally managed to flee to Burma, then to Thailand, and ultimately to Germany.

Isaac’s mother had prayed that God would not call her son to be an evangelis–but his father had dedicated him to God. Isaac, now in his twenties, has embraced the call to be a pastor.

If you like you can read an excerpt here.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in order to provide and honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


3 Thoughts Shared to Son Of The Underground~Book Review

  1. Barbara H.

    This does sound really interesting.

    I used to know a blogger from New Zealand that said maths.

  2. Wilma

    I’m from NZ and we say Maths, not Math. So to us Math sounds a little odd but we know what you mean!

    We also call the fruit Kiwifruit, but you call them a Kiwi?? Which sounds really funny to us -a Kiwi in NZ is otherwise a flightless bird or we say that New Zealanders are “Kiwis”. I love the differences! (Well, the only thing I don’t like is the difference in how we write down dates! For May 5 we would right 5/3 whereas you write 3/5 – really confusing!


  3. Wilma

    Oops I meant write, not right! It was a bit early in the morning for me when I wrote that….

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