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, TheHeavenly 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
Here is Isaac, talking about his greatest influence (translated from German):
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! Here is a photo of my husband, Fred, Brother Yun, and me (not my most flattering photo, alas!) at the book signing in 2008.
This book was published by Kregel and Monarch Books and provided by them for review purposes.