The story is true so I needed to know it, but boy, is it hard to listen to and hang in there for the whole thing! I guess it shows how far my heart is from giving my all for Jesus because I don't have any where near the attitude toward suffering the Wurmbrands' did. Even as a little girl I would ask God why he made us with the ability to feel pain if people could torture people....so torture has always been a very sensitive issue for me. For years I have supported Voice of the Martyr to help persecuted Christians and yet I never wanted to read this book because of the cover picture of the original book (tortured hands in shackles) but this cover is softer and I guess it caused me to forget just how hard it was going to be to hear about torture. I am glad I know the Wurmbrand's story now, but I will be honest, I got mad at the book about the point where he tells about how the prison guards, on top of all kinds of physical torture, made him eat dung that another prisoner was forced to eat and then threw it up and then Richard had to eat that. It was too much for me to process and I went into denial that this was made up. But after about a week I began to listen to the rest of the story and finished it and I believe it is all true. It is long and very hard to endure (you just keep hoping they will be released or treated better but they don't for a long long time), but the story does make the reader realize how much we should be grateful for how good our lives are (if we are not living in a Communist country) and that we have to pray and help those who are in prison in Communist countries because it's just as terrible for them as the Wurmbrand's had it, I'm sure.
It was a testament to their faith. They endured many atrocities and lived to tell about it. Remaining faithful to the Lord Jesus
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