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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2003
This is a great little book about the amazing growth and vitality of the (unregistered) Chinese church. After 50 years of communism, the Chinese church is in great shape and is reckoned to have 100 million evangelical members. And they are aiming to send out 100,000 evangelical missionaries across Asia (and back to Jerusalem) over the coming few years. (Can they spare a few for pagan Britain?) After 50 years of liberalism, the church in the UK is just about dead on its feet and going nowhere with fewer and fewer members. Why the difference? This book will help you understand.
Modern Chinese missionaries are trained to jump from first floor windows without hurting themselves; wriggle out of handcuffs in 30 seconds; and give away their faith in the police van taking them to their execution.
They don't train church members in the West like they train Chinese church members today (at least, not in my neck of the woods)...
This inspiring book offers some great Chinese wisdom for the church in the West, such as: "The Christian church does not need a single new building..." Hallelujah!
If you are a Christian in despair over the appalling state of the church in the West, read this book...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2007
Perhaps the things of this book should not be so widely known, because many people in many countries might be stirred up to anger. The story is really a miraculous one, firstly of how Jesus Christ has worked in China as a nation in recent decades, building up a church that is growing at an alarming pace to the communist government there, but with a refined vision. Tghat vision is to take the good news of Jesus Christ all the way back to Jerusalem from China, reaching every Hindu, Buddhist and muslim nartion on the way.

the men who really wrote this book have 40 years in Chinese prisons behind them, with no other charge than believeing in the Lord Jesus Christ. from God they have learned that the special role of the chinese in these end times is to reach the nations that appear to be closed. while the governments of Mohammedan nations suspect missionaries from the west, they haven't yet grasped that Jesus is for the Chinese too.

Sorrow pours forth from the book too, as we are told of heart-breaking stories of people who lost their families because they where thrown into jail, and their children brought up in communist orphanages. Still other stories tell of God intervening and healing people, even bringing a badly injured baby back from the dead.

the passion of these Chinese believers alöso puts Christians in the west to shame, as they declare over and again that they are ready to go out of China and die for the gospel. read this book, and then pray about your purpose in these times that we live in.
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on 1 June 2011
Paul Hattaway's book "Back to Jerusalem: Three Chinese House Church Leaders Share their Vision to Complete the Great Commission" is 151 pages long and is divided into 13 chapters. Its main focus is to outline the "simple/house church" strategy that many key Chinese Christians leaders have for discipling the nations trapped in Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism over the next number of years.

There are several strengths. First, the stories of God's faithfulness to the Chinese Christian steadfastness in the face of persecution are sometimes jawdropping. Inspiring and challenging. Second, a chapter is devoted to describing the practical strategy they are using to quietly send and support Christian missionaries into Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist nations. I found this very interesting because it is not just "pie in the sky" wishful thinking, but there are some practical steps that they are already starting to implement. Third, there are photographs, maps, and tables which help give a deeper understanding of what the strategy is actually about. Fourth, chapter 1 is an excellent summary of the Chinese house church movement, which give some key challenges to those of us in the Western nations, especially those of us who are involved in planting house churches, such as staying indigenous, the important of family units, stripping away non-essentials, emphasizing the lordship of Christ, the sovereignty of God, loving the Word of God, passionate prayer, caring and sharing, lay leadership, suffering as purification, evangelistic zeal.

There are a few weaknesses. I know from other sources that many Chinese house church networks are committed to using a back-to-basics, Book of Acts, "house church" structure because they believe it is Scriptural. But this was not an emphasis in this book as such. As such, it seems to me that the Chinese house churches highlighted in the book are sometimes doing things from purely circumstantial reasons, rather than Scriptural convictions. There was nothing like a biblical ecclesiology or biblical missiology presented in the book. Another curiosity, which is perhaps a cultural or contextual issue, is that the Chinese leaders interviewed in the book sometimes were overly blunt in their statements and actions. They were too "black-and-white" and did not appear to allow for much "grey" for the reader or others in their lives. I had to wonder whether they were deliberately trying to make the reader feel guilty about not being a "superstar" Christian, or if this is just the way they normally spoke and acted. Sometimes too much zeal can be misunderstood and/or misdirected.

Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the Chinese house church movement and the Back to Jerusalem strategy. Inspiring and challenging, but limited.

RAD ZDERO, author of LETTERS TO THE HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT and THE GLOBAL HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT
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on 9 November 2009
Of all the books I have read about China this one reminded me of the late Dr. Bill Bright founder of a US parachurch ministry called "Campus Crusade for Christ". Bill (I was on his staff) would sign off his letters with "Yours for the fulfilling the great commission in this generation" A lofty and idealist goal. Much was accomplished in this great ministry of Campus Crusade. The question is did the great commission get done?. Reading this book one gets the same impression. High and lofty goals but in reality will it be reached in our lifetime. Only God knows.
I think this book is motivated by a doctrinal and theological position that motivates this type of high sounding objectives. Anyway, I like goals and objectives in missions work. Who knows what God will accomplish through wonderful highly motivated Chinese Christians in this 21st century. Another book one should add to ones library on China. Ted Seymour Boca Raton FL USA.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2005
I had already read the fabulous and challenging book about Brother Yun the Heavenly Man before I found this. I found this book simply brilliant. It starts with a short introduction of the history of the Chinese church and includes some amazing testimonies from three house church leaders. It leaves you wondering how to help and what you can do while knowing that you have to do something.
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on 8 December 2010
One of the best books Iv'e read in a long time about missions. It's hard to believe that our Christian brothers and sisters suffered so much for their faith; and yet they continue to march on with the great desire to fulfil the Lord's great commission. I recommend this to any one who is serious about missions.
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on 24 March 2015
Every Christian should read this book - incisive and challenging! A wake-up call to the West.
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on 17 September 2014
very good and informative book, very readable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
I bought this for a friend who assures me it is very good. The delivery was fantastic and the book was as described in perfect condition.
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