My mom just sent me a book that she just finished reading. It is the story of Christian Brother Yun, a man who has been through “hell” and back for the name of Christ; a man who has endured the sufferings of Christ in ways that I’m sure many of us could never imagine. And a man who has experienced the comfort and miraculous hand of God in ways that mirror the way that God worked for the Apostles’ and disciples’ sake in the book of Acts. We serve a living God, and He is working even until now. Here is the synopsis of the book provided on the back jacket:

The Heavenly Man is the intensely dramatic story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan Province and used him mightily to preach the gospel despite horrific opposition.

Brother Yun is one of China’s house church leaders, a man who despite his relative youth has suffered prolonged torture and imprisonment for his faith. His account challenges any complacency about the situation in China, where international economic investment ignores the brutal fact that religious persecution is still a daily reality for millions. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to emphasize the character and beauty of Jesus. (Paul Hattaway, “The Heavenly Man,” back jacket)