‘The Heavenly Man’ is a dramatic autobiography of one of the greatest Chinese church leaders, Yun Brother. It is a book that tells the life story of the author himself, more specifically his persecution and the miracles he witnesses during his life-changing experience. Yun was persecuted, because he was courageous enough to refuse the religious ideals and the “rule” set by the Chinese Christian organization that was controlled by the government.
From a diffident boy, coming from a poor Chinese province Henan, Yun Brother evolved into a reputed Christian speaker whose speeches of spreading the gospel were highly respected by thousands of people from all over the world. It was his growing-in-popularity ministry and rebellious behaviour that disturbed the government authorities. As a result, Yun Brother was imprisoned.
In his autobiographical book The Heavenly Man, Yun writes about the torture he is exposed to during the years spent in prison. In spite of being sentenced and tortured, he continues his ministry among the other prisoners and few prison’s officials.
“We never pray against our government or call down curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is in control both of our own lives and the government we live under. God has used China’s government for His own purposes, moulding and shaping His children as He sees fit. Instead of focusing our prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.” The quote best describes Yun Brother’s beliefs.
With а strong belief in the power of God’s will, the author states that he managed to escape the prison which nobody has ever escaped from. In fact, what makes ‘The Heavenly Man’ a dramatic and remarkable story are the miracles that happened to the brave opponent of the government-controlled Church organization. Namely, he reported that the voice of the Holy Spirit led him through the open gates of the Zhengzhou Maximum Security prison. ‘The Heavenly Man’ tells the magnificent story how by obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, Yun did something impossible. Faced with the possibility to be persecuted again in his country, he took asylum in Germany.
‘The Heavenly Man’ is a book worth reading for any Christian looking for another veracious proof of God’s existence. It is a page-turning book full of exciting stories of persecution and miracles. It is no wonder why Yun’s autobiography ‘The Heavenly Man’, (co-authored with Paul Hattaway, a reputed Christian writer) won the prize “Christian Book of the Year” in 2003.