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Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have e Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have emerged from adversity as leaders and heroines. The eight modern-day pilgrims featured in "Hearts of Fire" are the hidden jewels in the church universal. They are worthy role models of faith and passion, and women of every age will gain new strength and hope for their own times of crisis and trial as they read these inspiring stories. Each story concludes with thoughtful self-reflection questions for the reader.


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Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have e Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have emerged from adversity as leaders and heroines. The eight modern-day pilgrims featured in "Hearts of Fire" are the hidden jewels in the church universal. They are worthy role models of faith and passion, and women of every age will gain new strength and hope for their own times of crisis and trial as they read these inspiring stories. Each story concludes with thoughtful self-reflection questions for the reader.

30 review for Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Books like this are sometimes difficult to read, because the methods of ministry are all presented as acceptable, when sometimes, if you compare the methods to God's Word, they do not line up. Yes, these women's faith and perseverance were amazing. Their service to God was inspiring. I found that these stories brought to life the very real persecution that my sisters-in-Christ face, and that was a needful reminder. Yet, a few of the women portrayed were preachers and church leaders, which goes ag Books like this are sometimes difficult to read, because the methods of ministry are all presented as acceptable, when sometimes, if you compare the methods to God's Word, they do not line up. Yes, these women's faith and perseverance were amazing. Their service to God was inspiring. I found that these stories brought to life the very real persecution that my sisters-in-Christ face, and that was a needful reminder. Yet, a few of the women portrayed were preachers and church leaders, which goes against Scripture. It seems harsh to criticize workers of God, and that is not at all my intent, because I realize that God is judge and not me. I realize that I live a comfortable life, and that my views are likely "padded" by ease, but when Scriptural principles are not followed, I have a hard time fully condoning a book. So that, and the fact that some of the stories mentioned a bit about women "selling their bodies" lower my personal rating on this book. I wouldn't recommend it to conservative readers under twenty.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Addy S.

    Absolutely incredible. This book encouraged me SO much!! The eight powerful stories in Hearts of Fire were amazing. They fought for their people and clung to God through it all. As this book is centered a lot on persecution, there are many scenes where the women in these stories are beaten, imprisoned, verbally abused, put into forced labor camps, and various other punishments for their beliefs. I highly reccomend this book, especially if you are going through a hard time. These stories will inspi Absolutely incredible. This book encouraged me SO much!! The eight powerful stories in Hearts of Fire were amazing. They fought for their people and clung to God through it all. As this book is centered a lot on persecution, there are many scenes where the women in these stories are beaten, imprisoned, verbally abused, put into forced labor camps, and various other punishments for their beliefs. I highly reccomend this book, especially if you are going through a hard time. These stories will inspire and encourage you to keep on going. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria Elmvang

    A difficult book to review, because how on earth do I put into words the feelings this book woke in me? From Russia in 1945 to Indonesia in 2000 Christians have been persecuted for their faith, imprisoned, fired, tortured, abused, even martyred. I read about these people and marvel at their strength and dedication... and then I look at myself, and almost feel embarrassed for being so comfortable and safe in little old Denmark. I'll try to make this a review rather than a testimony though, even th A difficult book to review, because how on earth do I put into words the feelings this book woke in me? From Russia in 1945 to Indonesia in 2000 Christians have been persecuted for their faith, imprisoned, fired, tortured, abused, even martyred. I read about these people and marvel at their strength and dedication... and then I look at myself, and almost feel embarrassed for being so comfortable and safe in little old Denmark. I'll try to make this a review rather than a testimony though, even though it's turning out to be more difficult than I thought. I've never felt called to be a missionary, but I've always been fascinated by their works, and by the fates of Christians in other countries. These 8 accounts were especially incredible in their intensity and I very much appreciated the afterword following each chapter, as it brought us up to present day, and explained what had happened to the main character since the events of the chapter, and where she was now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    It is a little difficult for me to rate this book because while the stories of faith under persecution were very encouraging, the writing itself left something to be desired. I do have more difficulty reading non-fiction, however, and tend to avoid it. Although I know Christians are persecuted every day around the world for their faith in Christ, it's still difficult to fully comprehend how difficult it must be when you have never experienced anything remotely like these stories yourself. I feel It is a little difficult for me to rate this book because while the stories of faith under persecution were very encouraging, the writing itself left something to be desired. I do have more difficulty reading non-fiction, however, and tend to avoid it. Although I know Christians are persecuted every day around the world for their faith in Christ, it's still difficult to fully comprehend how difficult it must be when you have never experienced anything remotely like these stories yourself. I feel extremely blessed to have been born where I have the freedom to worship how I choose, and I have wondered why God allowed me to be born here and allowed others like the women in this book to be born where their lives are constantly being threatened because of their love for Christ. The one problem I did have with this book was with the story of Tara, a Pakistani girl who was on the run from her family because of her conversion from Islam. There were quite a few instances in this story where the people, who confessed to be Christians, willingly lied about Tara's identity. I'm not going to pretend like I know what it is like to literally be running for my life because I believe in Jesus, but at the same time I cannot believe that the Creator of the universe couldn't provide another way out for Tara other than lying... especially when it's clearly stated in His Word that He hates lying. Interestingly enough the lies never worked for Tara and her identity was discovered anyway. Thankfully, Christ still provided a way for her escape and used her life for the upbuilding of His kingdom.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    To my fellow Sisters in Christ: Let's talk for a minute. When I was glancing through the reviews, I noticed two things come up: people were claiming that some of these women were breaking laws of the Bible by 'preaching' and there was another person saying that they were uncomfortable with the lying happening in one of the stories. With all due respect, get off of your first-world, legalistic American Christianity high horse and show some understanding about our sisters in third-world countries. To my fellow Sisters in Christ: Let's talk for a minute. When I was glancing through the reviews, I noticed two things come up: people were claiming that some of these women were breaking laws of the Bible by 'preaching' and there was another person saying that they were uncomfortable with the lying happening in one of the stories. With all due respect, get off of your first-world, legalistic American Christianity high horse and show some understanding about our sisters in third-world countries. For context about that statement, here's some more about me: I've been a Christian for around 11-12 years. I'm not a feminist. I'm not an SJW. I'm moderately to pretty patriotic. My paternal grandfather was in the Marines for a year, then the National Guard for 10+. My maternal grandfather was in the Army, my maternal uncle was in the army, and my maternal cousin was in the Navy. So I know the sacrific for this country more than most. These statements about lying and women inappropriately leading is pretty wrong, especially in the context of both the situations and in the stories. The lying: One of the ladies is under honor killings; meaning that if any family members see the lady, she's as good as dead. So what if she decides to go by another name? If you would like to know why I think it's perfectly rational, I would love to discuss that with you in the comments. Also, there are plenty of people in the Bible who changed their names. For the preaching: first, one-on-one missioning/witnessing is not breaking any of God's law. In fact, that's when I (personally, not Biblically) believe that God allows women to do our best witnessing, as we do tend to be more nurturing. Also, leading someone in growth in Christ does not mean preaching. Purma: The girl was FIFTEEN. How was that inappropriately teaching? The one time she was talking to an older man? Really? Aida: Speaking in court for herself in court instead of letting a lawyer do it? She's just engaging her domain as she should be doing. Sabina: Submitting to your husband is not being lead blindly, ladies. God works and tells you things too. Ling: I will give you that 'preaching,' especially in English, is not a smart move in the translating. But if you look at the sentence context, Ling never says she sets up the church. She tells of Jesus, waits for Jesus to awaken a couple of people in the villiage, and then moves on. There's no planting of a church and then setting herself up to be the teaching pastor. And don't get me started on the attitudes of the views about the poor girls being forced into prostitution/feeling as though prostitution is the only option. These stories show us that even in the most common, most heartbreaking of situations, God is in control and working for both His glory and our good. Recommended 14+ for heartbreaking situations that would spoil the plot, but does involve threats, prostitution, and violence.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    It was hard to rate this book at only two stars. The testimony of these ladies have is so encouraging, inspiring, and convicting. I had to rate it that low because, as much as I admire these ladies, I disagree with parts as well. I have been deeply challenged and motivated by these ladies and don’t wish to anyone to think otherwise. But… and it is a big but and the reason for only two stars. Women are not to be leaders in the church, not in the way many of these women are. It’s not a cultural t It was hard to rate this book at only two stars. The testimony of these ladies have is so encouraging, inspiring, and convicting. I had to rate it that low because, as much as I admire these ladies, I disagree with parts as well. I have been deeply challenged and motivated by these ladies and don’t wish to anyone to think otherwise. But… and it is a big but and the reason for only two stars. Women are not to be leaders in the church, not in the way many of these women are. It’s not a cultural thing. It’s a Biblical thing. The Lord made his will, plan, and pattern for church leadership very plain in the Bible. The first point that comes to mind is 1 Timothy 2:11-15. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” How can any woman be a Pastor, teacher, church planter, etc… and still be in obedience to that passage? Then there are the passages that list the qualifications for a pastor. (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) They clearly indicate a man. Yes, women can teach other women as in Titus 2, but several of these women went way beyond that. They were clearly leading. It came across that they were leading even their husbands in ministry. If that is what was happening, it contradicts Ephesians 5:22-24. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Certainly, we are to be busy for the Lord and to stand fast for Him, but we must base all our practices on the Word. Not on what we feel or think is best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aliyah

    Heart-wrenching, gripping, thought-inducing, encouraging, perspective-giving, and prayer-provoking - the true stories of these Jesus followers are all that and more. Their courage and willingness to give up everything rather than deny Jesus is incredibly inspiring. The words "take the world but give me Jesus" come to mind. It was the cry of those eight hearts and I pray it may be the cry of ours as well. Heart-wrenching, gripping, thought-inducing, encouraging, perspective-giving, and prayer-provoking - the true stories of these Jesus followers are all that and more. Their courage and willingness to give up everything rather than deny Jesus is incredibly inspiring. The words "take the world but give me Jesus" come to mind. It was the cry of those eight hearts and I pray it may be the cry of ours as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    S.G. Willoughby

    This is beautiful. This book isn't … "pretty." There is a lot of horrible suffering. Unspeakable suffering... but stuff that must be spoken about. It isn't pretty. But it's beautiful. With each story, my heart wept, and God taught me so much through the testimonies of these sisters of mine. This is beautiful. This book isn't … "pretty." There is a lot of horrible suffering. Unspeakable suffering... but stuff that must be spoken about. It isn't pretty. But it's beautiful. With each story, my heart wept, and God taught me so much through the testimonies of these sisters of mine.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    I have read many stories of Christian testimony of those persecuted in the last 100 years. This book brings some of that up-to-date, and provides a powerful witness to God's love in Jesus Christ. The stories range from India to Vietnam to Romania to The Soviet Union to Nepal. The events take place between 1945 and the present. Each is a compelling story of women telling about Jesus Christ in the most extreme conditions of torture, imprisonment, and hiding from enemies. For myself, I discovered tha I have read many stories of Christian testimony of those persecuted in the last 100 years. This book brings some of that up-to-date, and provides a powerful witness to God's love in Jesus Christ. The stories range from India to Vietnam to Romania to The Soviet Union to Nepal. The events take place between 1945 and the present. Each is a compelling story of women telling about Jesus Christ in the most extreme conditions of torture, imprisonment, and hiding from enemies. For myself, I discovered that I could read only one chapter at a time. I needed time to digest, to marvel, and to pray. This book is not for the faint of heart. The true stories reach the depths of human depravity and the heights of God's love. Well worth reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    "By great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger, by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, though slander and praise. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known: as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet no "By great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger, by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, though slander and praise. We are treated as imposters, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known: as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything." 2 Corinthians 6 This book increased my faith.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Incredible stories of women over the last seventy years who faced persecution and death because of their Christian faith. Modern American readers will shrink back from the reality that such treatment is meted to women in this world today. It is. Most of those featured did not seek attention. They were going about their lives as children or mothers with little concept of the world beyond their village. The world came to them, and it was angry. Sobering. It’s happening today. In this world. In this Incredible stories of women over the last seventy years who faced persecution and death because of their Christian faith. Modern American readers will shrink back from the reality that such treatment is meted to women in this world today. It is. Most of those featured did not seek attention. They were going about their lives as children or mothers with little concept of the world beyond their village. The world came to them, and it was angry. Sobering. It’s happening today. In this world. In this country. (See Hiding in the Light)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Brock

    Besides “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret,” this is the first collection of Christian missionary testimonies I’ve ever read. And at the end of it, all I can think is that if these women can endure being beaten, tortured, sexually exploited, forced into marriage, having their children and husbands killed, losing their homes, and physical exhaustion to the point of near-death, then I can put down my phone for 20 minutes a day to read my Bible, pray like it matters, and stop being a spiritual cowar Besides “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret,” this is the first collection of Christian missionary testimonies I’ve ever read. And at the end of it, all I can think is that if these women can endure being beaten, tortured, sexually exploited, forced into marriage, having their children and husbands killed, losing their homes, and physical exhaustion to the point of near-death, then I can put down my phone for 20 minutes a day to read my Bible, pray like it matters, and stop being a spiritual coward.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Todd Coburn

    Eight women. Eight countries. Eight stories of faith, confrontation, conflict, suffering & triumph. Yet the triumph is not the kind that many in this world seek, value, or applaud. It is the triumph of holding to one's faith, loving one's God above all else, and standing firm thru continued sacrifice as each hope is shattered, stripped away, and yet replaced with something of far more worth, something far more beautiful, far more precious. The writing is straightforward. As the Lord often veils H Eight women. Eight countries. Eight stories of faith, confrontation, conflict, suffering & triumph. Yet the triumph is not the kind that many in this world seek, value, or applaud. It is the triumph of holding to one's faith, loving one's God above all else, and standing firm thru continued sacrifice as each hope is shattered, stripped away, and yet replaced with something of far more worth, something far more beautiful, far more precious. The writing is straightforward. As the Lord often veils His greatest treasures in vessels of less visual beauty, the writing may not appeal to the learned nor to those gifted in written prose and expressions of life. Yet the stories, the life's of these girls and women, their testimonies, and their choices resonate with hope for mankind, that we have such people willing to risk all to remain true to their first love, the Lord Jesus who redeemed them with His blood. Read, and find strength, encouragement, and inspiration from the stories of their lives.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This book will simultaneously inspire you and convict you. When you read the stories of what these women endured to come to faith and then to hold onto that faith in hostile environments, your appreciation of the true meaning of persecution grows. You begin to realize the preciousness of the freedoms that we do enjoy here in America. Here, in the U.S., we may be inconvenienced because of our faith. We may be ridiculed because of our faith. We may even be ostracized by family and friends because This book will simultaneously inspire you and convict you. When you read the stories of what these women endured to come to faith and then to hold onto that faith in hostile environments, your appreciation of the true meaning of persecution grows. You begin to realize the preciousness of the freedoms that we do enjoy here in America. Here, in the U.S., we may be inconvenienced because of our faith. We may be ridiculed because of our faith. We may even be ostracized by family and friends because of faith. However, we are not imprisoned for our faith. We are not beaten, tortured, and caught off from all means of livelihood. We are not hunted down and don't have death sentences hanging over us. The subtitle of this book uses these terms "...their stories of costly faith". Their faith was indeed costly. The stories of how they came to faith and how Christ preserved them through all their trials will take you on an emotional roller coaster. If you're looking for motivation to increase the intensity of your prayers for the persecuted church, this book is for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mazzy Mitchell

    I don't have much to say about this one, but I enjoyed it! Almost cried on multiple occasions. God's work in the lives of people all around the world, through so many different ways is incredible (and helps me reevaluate my perspective on some issues). Books like these help me to see the vastness of God, and help motivate me to seek Christ and serve him more earnestly. I'm thankful for that, and I believe the book in sparking that has fulfilled its purpose. edit: I would also like to point out, a I don't have much to say about this one, but I enjoyed it! Almost cried on multiple occasions. God's work in the lives of people all around the world, through so many different ways is incredible (and helps me reevaluate my perspective on some issues). Books like these help me to see the vastness of God, and help motivate me to seek Christ and serve him more earnestly. I'm thankful for that, and I believe the book in sparking that has fulfilled its purpose. edit: I would also like to point out, as other reviewers have, that there is mention of some of these women acting as preachers/teachers, etc., which I disagree with. Nevertheless I appreciate their stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    3.5 stars. This book highlights 8 women who answered the call of Christ to spread the gospel and each suffered in various ways from torture, persecution, imprisonment, oppression, and families looking down on them. Many of these women suffered all the above. It was great to learn about them and see how God gave them strength even when it was hard for them to endure, all because He is worthy of praise in daily life. I encourage aspiring missionaries and people who maybe just need encouragement in 3.5 stars. This book highlights 8 women who answered the call of Christ to spread the gospel and each suffered in various ways from torture, persecution, imprisonment, oppression, and families looking down on them. Many of these women suffered all the above. It was great to learn about them and see how God gave them strength even when it was hard for them to endure, all because He is worthy of praise in daily life. I encourage aspiring missionaries and people who maybe just need encouragement in their own faith to read this book! All of the stories touched my heart so much.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Not the best writing, but what an encouragement. I'm so blessed to live in America and worship freely. However, I see how often it's taken for granted by myself and others. It's incredible to see the stories of these ladies and their faith as they spread The Word. Though I did not agree with the leadership roles some of these women carry, their perseverance is inspiring and a light in the world. Not the best writing, but what an encouragement. I'm so blessed to live in America and worship freely. However, I see how often it's taken for granted by myself and others. It's incredible to see the stories of these ladies and their faith as they spread The Word. Though I did not agree with the leadership roles some of these women carry, their perseverance is inspiring and a light in the world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    L8blmr

    This was a free book, distributed by The Voice of the Martyrs. The writing is not the best, but one can't help but be moved by the stories of these Christian women of different ages from various countries around the world. My takeaway from this book is this: would I have the courage to take the stand these women did? It's a question that will reside in my brain for a while. This was a free book, distributed by The Voice of the Martyrs. The writing is not the best, but one can't help but be moved by the stories of these Christian women of different ages from various countries around the world. My takeaway from this book is this: would I have the courage to take the stand these women did? It's a question that will reside in my brain for a while.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Arnold

    This is a very insightful collection of stories of eight women in the underground church movement around the world. Anyone who thinks that we have it hard as Christians in the United State should read this book. For us it may just be a preview of what is to come.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kirschenmann

    It's inspiring what God did through these obedient servants of Christ It's inspiring what God did through these obedient servants of Christ

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rae

    Challenging, convicting and humbling!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rarely does one come across a book showing “hearts ablaze with courage and conviction.” Even in the darkest places, these women found ways to let Christ’s love shine through. None wanted to call attention to herself as a unique example of Christian heroism. Each one of these women provide a unique perspective of believers around the world and a new set of circumstances to overcome. In the end, all give honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The reader is taken on a round the world Rarely does one come across a book showing “hearts ablaze with courage and conviction.” Even in the darkest places, these women found ways to let Christ’s love shine through. None wanted to call attention to herself as a unique example of Christian heroism. Each one of these women provide a unique perspective of believers around the world and a new set of circumstances to overcome. In the end, all give honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The reader is taken on a round the world trip through Indonesia, Bhutan, Russia, Romania, Pakistan, China, India, & Vietnam. The foreward reminds us that God will not test us above what we are able. “He will, with the testing, make a way to escape (provide everything we need) so that we will be able to bear it.” They choose to believe that “God does all things well. Man does not. If there is anything good in this life, it is from God. May He give us the grace to live for Him. He is worthy.” They implore the reader that “each of us reading this book would readily commit ourselves anew to letting God use us however He sees fit – even is it means giving up freedom and comfort. The day may come when we are beaten or even killed for being a Christ – follower. It is our prayer that you come away from reading this book with a deeper conviction and steadier direction for handling life’s difficulties.” Adel – Indonesia – Muslim attacks She continually prayed for God to take away her anger and hatred as her family was slaughtered in front of her. Her battle cry was “THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS ALL POWERFUL!” Anytime anyone would strike her or hurl insults this was her response. She was forced to marry a Muslim man and have his child. Her hatred had blocked the healing power of God’s love and had nearly destroyed an innocent life, just as the jihad warriors had done to her. She learned that hatred is a cancer of the soul and forgiveness is the only antidote. She was finally able to sneak a letter to her real husband and let him know what was happening. His reply was “Adel, you could have ten children by ten men, and you would still be my wife. Don’t you remember what the pastor told you? Only God can separate us now. I love you.” Miraculously, God provided a way for her husband to help her, her daughter and the new baby to escape. Purnima – Bhutan – Buddhist forced relocation Jesus healed her sister after many years of suffering. She had to wonder, “What kind of God would heal without asking anything in return?” This was the starting point to her relationship with our Lord and Savior. Buddhism is NOT peaceful. Purnima was forced to leave the only home she had ever known at the age of 14. She was beaten by robbers and forced to live in a refugee camp, where her sister reminded her, “I know this place stinks, but God’s hand is always on us, no matter where we are.” She was imprisoned for spreading the Gospel, where she learned not to fear those who kill the body. She would lose herself in the presence of Christ which helped her immensely as she prayed for God to forgive her tormentors and give her strength for whatever came next. Her and the other believers with her in the prison cell began each day in prayer and fasted on Fridays. “Blessed are those who are persecuted. Blessed am I…….” Aida – Russian “lawyer” for Christians She had a quiet confidence due to Christ’s presence. She never worried when it came time to face a king or a judge – Matthew 10:18, Mark 13:9, Luke 21:12. With believers, friendships develop more simply. Sabina – Romanian Saint Richard and Sabina reached out to Nazis and Communists. They helped everyone and they were no respecter of persons. When hiding an escaping Nazi he asked her why she was helping her enemy. She replied, “I have no enemies, God loves all sinners.” She learned how the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. When her warden was trying to pay informants she replied, “I’ve already been bought! Jesus was tortured and died for me. Can you offer a higher price?” She learned how Satan wants to destroy your witness and that you must stand firm and live your life according to what Jesus taught. From her beloved husband Richard while he was imprisoned – Time and distance quench a small love but make a great love grow stronger. Richard told their son that, “We must always seek the highest of Christian virtues, which is to keep the right measure in all things.” They had both survived temptation and torture. God had been their strength. Love had been their motivation. Tara – Pakistani “Running” Missionary Emmanuel – God with us. His name drew her to Him and she was able to help draw others to Him as well. Ling – Chinese Sufferer If Jesus died for me, what have I done for Him?Handwritten Bibles prove the people’s devotion to learn the Word of God. The laborious works of love gave her a new appreciation for the importance of God’s Word, and she committed to memorizing as many passages as possible. “Believe me, there were many days when I didn’t think I could go on, but God was faithful to always remind me of His love during those times. While I was there, I couldn’t dwell on anything but my complete dependence on God, and that dependence forced me closer to him. I have always taught you to be strong for God and to face any trial. Now I can tell you with an even greater certainty that Jesus will be with you, no matter what you have to go through.” She learned that prayer in prison is as essential as breathing. During her prison guard’s conversion she stated, “As long as I know that my time here has a purpose – as long as I know that you have come to believe in Jesus – I can stay here forever.” Gladys – Indian Forgiveness Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because I know he holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives. This song is what gave her a firm foundation and what kept her going during the most difficult time in her life. She was able to adopt a Whatever-God-Has-For-Me Attitude. Her and her husband showed love for the lowest of the low, the lepers. Just like Jesus. The memory verse that was above the doorway at the leper house was Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself in also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. God gave her the desires of her heart. During a devotional she read of a little girl who was going blind, when visited by her pastor she told him, “God is taking my sight.” Her pastor responded, “Don’t let God take away your sight, give it to Him.” This caused her to break down and submit her life and will to Jesus. “Yes, Lord Jesus. Yes, I am willing. Take all that I have for your use – my husband, my children, everything that I have. I surrender everything to you.” Due to her submission, her life became a testimony of unwavering faith in the midst of tragedy. She wanted to show the world she was honored that her husband and children were martyred for Christ. When asked how she was able to remain strong, she replied, “My God is in control of all situations and circumstances. He will do only good. He is my strength and stay. He has promised never to leave me or forsake me. I will serve India with this hope.” Don’t let God take anything from you. Give it to Him. Poem by Annie Johnson Flint He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength as our labors increase; To added affliction he addeth His mercy, To multiplied trials He multiplies peace. His love has no limits, His grace has no measure. His power no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again. You have to forgive, forgiveness brings healing. Romans 12:14-18 Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Mai – Vietnamese Motorcycle Missionary “Use me. Anyway You want to, anywhere You want to. Just use me.” God was able to use Mai in so many unique ways. One of the missionaries who rode with her said, “When they see Christ in us, they accept Christ easily.” They were witnessing and spreading the Gospel to the indigenous people of Vietnam, well off any beaten path.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hope Irvin Marston

    My review is of the first edition that was published in 2003. Recently it was passed on to me by a friend. Because I am familiar with The Voice of the Martyrs organization, I looked forward to reading it. I was especially blessed by the fourth story of Sabina Wurmbrand's horrendous suffering. Many years ago, I had the privilege of meeting her and her husband Richard, whose story I had read in TORTURED FOR CHRIST. The eight women whose witness for Jesus was tested under fire for years is a sobe My review is of the first edition that was published in 2003. Recently it was passed on to me by a friend. Because I am familiar with The Voice of the Martyrs organization, I looked forward to reading it. I was especially blessed by the fourth story of Sabina Wurmbrand's horrendous suffering. Many years ago, I had the privilege of meeting her and her husband Richard, whose story I had read in TORTURED FOR CHRIST. The eight women whose witness for Jesus was tested under fire for years is a sobering account as well as a testimony to the Lord's power to never leave His followers. It's also a reminder for us believers to pray for the persecuted church around the world, and especially the women. It's also a reminder that we need to give generously to support the spread of the Gospel through Bible translation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Tubville

    Inspiring testimonies of eight women from different cultures that were determined to share their faith and follow God’s will through any persecution (families murdered and burned alive, arrests, prison, abuse, slave labor and malnutrition, death threats, and more). We don’t realize how affluent we are living in a country that allows Christians to assemble and preach the gospel. Even though we have the freedom to share our faith, many Christians are lukewarm, self-centered, lazy, and addicted to Inspiring testimonies of eight women from different cultures that were determined to share their faith and follow God’s will through any persecution (families murdered and burned alive, arrests, prison, abuse, slave labor and malnutrition, death threats, and more). We don’t realize how affluent we are living in a country that allows Christians to assemble and preach the gospel. Even though we have the freedom to share our faith, many Christians are lukewarm, self-centered, lazy, and addicted to comfort and safety instead of passionately following Christ and having a servant’s heart. I pray for a revival....that we would have hearts of fire like these women.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I came away from this book encouraged and challenged. The first account was quite intense for me, and I wondered if the rest would be similar, but they were less so. I’m glad I read them all. I marvel at God. He shepherds His children, preparing them and sending them to do His work. He does wonderful things with weak people. I gave this book four stars because I didn’t care too much for the writing style. It wasn’t hard to read, but I felt it was a bit rudimentary.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Dena

    Inspiring, challenging, and saddening ethnographic accounts of how eight women respond to oppression and persecution for their faith. I'm amazed at their desire to forgive, be a good example, and keep the faith amid horrible treatment. I want more people to read these stories to be aware of cristophobia and microaggressions towards Christians; if we want tolerant societies, then we must move away from fear, territorialism, and blame. Inspiring, challenging, and saddening ethnographic accounts of how eight women respond to oppression and persecution for their faith. I'm amazed at their desire to forgive, be a good example, and keep the faith amid horrible treatment. I want more people to read these stories to be aware of cristophobia and microaggressions towards Christians; if we want tolerant societies, then we must move away from fear, territorialism, and blame.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    Viețile a opt femei misionare, cu tragediile și bucuriile avute, sunt cuprinse în aceste câteva sute de pagini. Un alt nivel despre ce înseamnă a suferi pentru Hristos, a iubi omul așa cum îl iubește Dumnezeu și a dori să îi arăți libertatea adevărată cu prețul a orice. Puneți în locul lui "orice" tot ce aveți de preț acum. Un nivel despre care habar nu am. Smerită de așa existență. Viețile a opt femei misionare, cu tragediile și bucuriile avute, sunt cuprinse în aceste câteva sute de pagini. Un alt nivel despre ce înseamnă a suferi pentru Hristos, a iubi omul așa cum îl iubește Dumnezeu și a dori să îi arăți libertatea adevărată cu prețul a orice. Puneți în locul lui "orice" tot ce aveți de preț acum. Un nivel despre care habar nu am. Smerită de așa existență.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    These true stories, published by Voice of the Martyrs, challenged and convicted my heart about what I can do to spread the good news of my Savior. Each of these women sacrificed so much, and often lost even their own families, in order to follow God's calling on them. excellent read for any middle school or older reader. These true stories, published by Voice of the Martyrs, challenged and convicted my heart about what I can do to spread the good news of my Savior. Each of these women sacrificed so much, and often lost even their own families, in order to follow God's calling on them. excellent read for any middle school or older reader.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Larisha

    This is a heart tugging book. Eight women in the underground Church have shared their stories of what their faith in God has cost them and their loved ones. They are each from different countries, and their individual ways of drawing persecution, and their sufferings are distinct. They are alike in that they each refused to deny the Lord Who saved them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    It was interesting, but a lot of the stories didn't have much of an ending because the woman's lives are still going on. Also, a lot of the stories were very disturbing, so I would not recommend this book to younger readers. It was interesting, but a lot of the stories didn't have much of an ending because the woman's lives are still going on. Also, a lot of the stories were very disturbing, so I would not recommend this book to younger readers.

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