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Paul Hattaway is an expert on the Chinese church and author of THE HEAVENLY MAN, the story of Brother Yun; OPERATION CHINA, and many other books. Because his work is sensitive he avoids being photographed.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant and important book 21 April 2007
By Jeff Marshall - Published on
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Hattaway has provided an invaluable service by producing the first ever book profiling all the Christian martyrs of China between 835 AD and 2006. More than 250,000 Christians have been killed for their faith in China, and more martyrs have perished in China since 1900 than in all other countries of the world combined. Hattaway has written in his normal thorough and inspirational way. It is not a mere account of slaughter and death. Rather, the author has skillfully interwoven background and personal touches to the accounts, which connects the reader to those who are profiled. All serious students of Christianity and/or China, or Christians needing inspiration and encouragement in their own walk with God, will benefit from this book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Trusting God with it ALL! 27 Aug. 2007
By Ozarkie - Published on
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This book opened my eyes to the way things are in the world. True Christians are willing to both live and die for their faith. They don't have to have padded pews and a gymnasium and a crystal chandelier in the foyer. They have a simple message and a simple faith and their lives speak volumes. I will treasure this book always. When I think things are tough, I will revisit it and refocus.
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The sometimes bloody, always glorious path of Chinese Christianity 18 July 2009
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I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's wonderful, beautifully told, and of great importance. And it covers all the different groups who brought Christianity to China--Nestorians, Catholics, Russian Orthodox, Congregationalists, Presbyterian, and many more.

Many of them would come be martyred.

The 1600's was the "century of Catholic carnage" (p 39) and Hattaway recounts mesmerizing stories of the period, stories of the incredible courage of the missionaries and the steadfast faith of converts.

Churches were demolished, thousands of Catholics dragged into prisons. Tibetan Catholics were "singled out for retribution" (p 43), and even later, in 1905, Tibetan Catholics were shot to death for refusing the Dalai Lama's order to give up their faith.

Some of the biographies will make you want to weep, like the Chinese girl, Agnes, who was starved to death. Some are amazing. When the Catholic Liu was executed, eyewitnesses reported that ball of fire rested on Liu's head, and "an angel appeared to wipe the blood from his face" (p 73).

By the 1900's Protestant missionaries arrived in full force, and many of them, also, would die to bring Christ to the Chinese. Hattaway has lots of pictures of the missionaries, all looking so Victorian and stalwart in their Chinese outfits. Then you turn the page and see a photo of the Boxers. And see the vicious curved swords they carried, many of which would soon be covered in blood.

The Boxers rampaged across China, killing any Christian they saw. They hacked Christians to pieces. They attacked a church and burned everyone inside alive, including women and children. The missionary Frank Simcox wrote that "The Church has become a Martyr Church, and we rejoice...she has proved she is able to suffer for the Lord" (p 197).

The fruit of their labors could be extraordinary, as born witness to in the biography of Blind Chang. When young, Chang swindled money from people. and he was known as "a drunkard, womanizer and gambler" (p 228) who drove away even his wife and daughter.

Then he went blind. Only the missionaries would take him in and their charity and love made him a Christian. Even though he was blind, he decided to travel back to his village to tell everyone about Christ. A missionary was later astonished to find the 200 villagers wholly Christian, all singing hymns. Chang had converted them. He later traveled widely, telling everyone about Christianity. He had to endure taunts, flung rocks, and half starved dogs set on him.

Later, the Boxers captured 50 Christians and vowed to kill them all unless Chang came. Blind as ever, now old, stumbling, Chang made his way to the Boxers and offered his life for the 50 Christians.

At the end, the Boxers offered Chang his life if he would only sacrifice to Buddha. They hoped to prove this famous Christian could be turned. But Chang refused and was martyred for Christ.

The twentieth century saw the rise of communism. Untold numbers of Christians were imprisoned or killed. Even before taking power, the communists massacred 600 Catholics at Haifeng. Finnish Free missionaries were cruelly murdered. "A diocesan priest named Laurent Chen and his catechist were buried alive at Gaocheng" (p 358).

Most horrifying is the tale of the hundred Christian lepers. In April, 1951, the communists ordered them into a hut and "All the lepers were burned alive" (p 163).

Perhaps the most heart wrenching atrocities took place in the last few decades. The l993 history of Lai Manping a house church Christian,"spitefully beaten to death by China's Public Security Bureau" (p 472), the evangelists who were stripped naked and had other Christians forced to beat them. Or Little Wang, who had only been a Christian for five months before he was martyred. His widow bravely confronted his murderers. In the end, the man who murdered Little Wang converted due to the widow's forgiveness and witness.

This is one book you MUST have.
great matyr book 10 Mar. 2012
By 24th chance - Published on
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What a book !!!!!!!--if you like foxe,s book of martyrs and Jesus freaks 1 and 2 you will love this book.This book describes all the martyrs of china from the 1st ones in 845 AD till the modern age.It also gives many grusome details which make me ashamed to even breathe the same air as these brave hero,s for Christ--Get this--you will not be sorry
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