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Son of the Underground: The Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man [Paperback]

Albrecht Kaul , Isaac Liu
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20 Jan 2012
In the months before Isaac's birth, his father was in prison once again. His mother was 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 hospital for the operation, she miraculously gave birth. Isaac met his father for the first time at the age of four. Brother Yun was constantly on the run, and his mother had to work to feed the family, so his grandmother cared for him. One day his mother was also arrested. Isaac and his sister were swiftly taken to another town by local Christians, where they registered at a school under false names. The family finally managed to flee to Burma, Thailand and ultimately Germany. As he grew up, what should Isaac do? Isaac's mother had prayed that God would not call her son to be an evangelist - but his father had dedicated him to God. Isaac, now in his twenties, has embraced the call to be a pastor

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (20 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857211994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857211996
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An experienced writer and editor, Albrecht Kaul has travelled extensively in China and knows the country and its people.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Compelling Read 27 Mar 2014
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I give this book a five star rating because, it answered many questions about 'Faith in the Lord of Light and Everlasting Life'' I would strongly urge you to first read the story about Isaac Liu's father, 'The Heavenly Man'. This is because as you turn through the pages of that remarkable true story, you shall probably ask yourself questions about Isaac Liu in much the same way as I did. I was thrilled to discover and read 'Son of the Underground' because it gave me a clearer picture of Isaac as a boy and a man in his own right, not shadowed by his father, but an individual who was equally guided by the Holy Spirit to serve God in spite of all hardships and persecutions from a misguided regime, other contemporaries and peers. If you are downhearted, or bored with life at the present time, I would hope you would read both books with a deeper understanding, as it will change your life forever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pray for China 13 Nov 2013
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Interesting to hear more about the Church in China -inspires Christians to be grateful for the freedom we have and to pray for those persecuted or their faith around the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful tale 14 Jan 2013
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Insightful tale of one man's journey through life. Ordered it for my Mum who wanted to give it as a Christmas gift. She had already read it and wanted to give it to a friend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Son of the Underground 7 Mar 2012
Isaac Liu is the son of `The Heavenly Man' whose story caused quite a stir and not a little controversy several years ago. Now, Isaac tells his own story of being brought up in a home from which his father was absent for long periods of time because he was either in prison or on the run to avoid arrest. In fact he didn't meet his father until he was four and only knew him from a wanted poster. There are some interesting insights about the life and witness of the underground church in China during these years of repression and then Liu recounts the family's dramatic and daring escape to Burma and on to Germany where he enrolled in a Bible school.

It's an interesting enough story which could have been improved with some better editing, but I am always a bit sceptical when someone as young as Liu is, just 28, writes a life story and I can't help wondering whether the story would have been written and published were he not his father's son.

For the purpose of review, I received a complimentary copy of the book from Evangelical Times. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Yun's Legacy in Full Evidence! 11 Jun 2012
By Andrea Schultz - Published on
In September, 2008, my husband, Fred, and I had the great opportunity to meet and hear Brother Yun, the Chinese Christian evangelist, speak at a church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When I learned about the blog tour for his son, Isaac Liu's, book, `Son of the Underground: The Story of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun, The Heavenly Man,' [...] I knew I wanted to jump on that train!

Here is the synopsis of this interesting book:

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. This is his story.
Isaac is currently a pastor in Germany

Pastor Isaac started out his book by talking about the miracle of his survival from his difficult birth:

The fact that I survived those first weeks without an incubator and with no medical assistance was another miracle from God. I am said to have been tiny, wrinkled and pale. Yet, when I see myself in the mirror now - and when I think about how girls look at me - I have to admit that God actually made me quite good-looking! (p. 10)
And with a fine sense of humor, as well!

I love his description of his grandmother:

Even some of the Christians made fun of my grandmother, calling her "the lady with the horny knees". Prayer was her great passion. She didn't know what a mathematical equation was, but when it came to prayer she would impress this equation on me time and time again: "Much prayer, much power - little prayer, little power. Prayer equals power." (pp. 22-23)

I LOVE that equation!

Isaac shared his observation that demons and evil spirits are real; he saw examples in person. His grandma Nai Nai battled one, and won!:
Finally, my grandmother asked again whether the evil spirit would now like to come out of the man. At this the man let out such a terrible cry that we all shrank back in fear, and then he fell to the ground as if dead.
Nai Nai went up to him, shook him gently and asked whether he would accept he would accept Jesus into his life. He was free now and would need a new master, or the demons would come back.
The man wept and could only stammer that he would gladly have Jesus in his life. He didn't want to be tormented by such a dreadful spirit ever again.
My grandmother spoke a long prayer of deliverance over him, and he repeated every word haltingly, but clearly deeply moved. Now the whole gathering praised Jesus and his power, and at last the visitors made their way home, visibly shaken.
I have known ever since then that demons are real, but I have also experienced the greater and stronger power of Jesus. (p. 52)

WOW - powerful story!

And I love his interpretation of the plus sign in math (they call it maths in Europe!):

Because my head was full of maths, it struck me for the first time that the cross is the great plus symbol. Jesus is the plus symbol for my life, for our country, for the whole world. That was more important than maths. My heart grew a little lighter at this. The next day I would have to redo the work, and I intended to plead with the great plus symbol to let me pass the exam this time. (p. 77)

The book also details the journey of Isaac, his mother, and his sister, out of China and into Thailand, and finally to Germany. Miracle after miracle; the Lord was with them every step of the way!

It was really wonderful to see the legacy of Brother Yun as exhibited in his son! It was also interesting to see the same story from both points of view!

This book was published by Kregel and Monarch Books and provided by them for review purposes.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fighting for Religious Freedom 4 Jun 2012
By Maureen - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 4 Jun 2012
By Sarah J. Bailey - Published on
This book needs to be read by every Christian who doesn't understand fully what persecution is or what it looks like. We need to be able to know what our Chinese Brothers and Sisters are going through as they literally live and die for Christ - which is something we don't know in our freedom in the United States. When you begin the book you are introduced to life from Isaac's little boy eyes, where his father is absent through no fault of his own and where his mom has to work in the fields all day. He learns early on that his faith is the only thing that he has that will not change from day to day.

I devoured this book in a day - I could feel the passion and the hurt as his family ran for their lives and the worry of who may be spying on them to the Chinese government. There are some things that we only hear of but reading about it from a first hand account, such as what happens to women who refuse to abort their babies, will have you reaching for the box of tissues. There is sadness in the pages but there is also hope, hope for things not seen and hope for better things to happen - and believing in God is what that hope is pinned on and that resonates within these pages as well.

If you desire to learn more about what is going on to the Chinese Christians this book is a great place to start, one cannot deny a first hand account of the atrocities that the Chinese go through. You'll be inspired in how you can pray to help them be strengthened by the Holy Spirit among other ways to help by visiting the website listed at the back of the book. At first I was going to let my 10 year old read this but after finishing it I know she isn't ready for the whole story of persecution but this would make a good study for the older child.

**Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Persecution of the Church 5 Jun 2012
By L. Wagner - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars son of the Heavenly Man 4 Jun 2012
By Joan N. - Published on
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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