Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand // Book Review

Richard Wurmbrand

AUGUST 11, 2019

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher:  David C Cook; Special edition edition (September 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 9780830772605
Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Autobiography
Buy On: Amazon
Star Rating: 5/5


“If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” ~John 15:20

A timeless and bestselling account of courage, tenacious faith, and unbelievable endurance and forgiveness, this enhanced 50th anniversary edition of Tortured for Christ will inspire believers around the world.

Richard Wurmbrand suffered 14 years in underground prison cells, months in solitary confinement, and years of physical torture. His only crimes were his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness for that faith. Richard Wurmbrand exposed the persecution of Christians by atheistic Communist governments—his testimony shocked the Western world.

With over 10 million copies in 60 languages, this is an inspiring true story of faith that every Christian should read.

My Review

Tortured and imprisoned for 14 years, Richard Wurmbrand is an amazing example of standing firm for one’s convictions. Armed with his Saviour Jesus Christ and the determination to ban communism, Wurmbrand went through countless tests of trials, yet never wavered. After years of hell on earth, Wirmbrand was finally ransomed out of the communist Romania for a sum of $10,000. Being warned several times by the secret police to never speak bad about the communists did not keep him quiet! Wurmbrand wrote what became known as “the book that shocked the world” to share his experiences with the world on Hope’s of sharing invite into what communism was really doing. He shared his months and years of brutal torture and solitary confinement. He shared how it was all only because of his faith in Jesus Christ. However, this man of God was not always so fervent in his faith. Wurmbrand actually grew up an atheist, and it was not until a Romanian missionary gave him a Bible in his teens that he began to follow Christ.

I think Richard Wurmbrand’s story is amazing. The first time I ever heard it was when my dad read the YWAM version of it (by Janet and Geoff Benge) aloud to my family years ago when I was very young. I always remember his story sticking out to me amongst the many other books Dad read aloud to us, because of Wurmbrand’s amazing amount of courage. Because I had heard his story from an authors point of view, it was really neat to hear it from the victim himself.

I was awed and inspired by his dedication to Christ—as I struggle with following Christ completely just around my peers. It was very sad and horrifying to read about the evilness of the communists. What they did to Richard and his fellow prisoners was just plain wicked. The tortures Wurmbrand had to go through were something that not even the most vial human should go through.

Reading through the horrific 14 years he had to live through was saddening, but so convicting. Richard Wurmbrand was willing to suffer and almost die for years without even once denying his faith, and yet, I, who live a very comfortable life has a hard time standing up for my faith among fellow Christian’s.

Every HUMAN needs to get a hold of this book!



  1. Kaelyn says:

    Wow! That book sounds so important for every Christian to read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ani says:

      It is! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rosy Marr says:

    I have wanted to read this book for quite a long time – maybe someday! Thanks for the review. 🙂
    And also, I tagged you for this cool book tag, if you want to check it out! 🙂


    1. Ani says:

      I’m glad you read it!
      Oh cool, I can’t wait to do it!


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