The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun // Book Review

Brother Yun

AUGUST 17, 2019

Paperback: 351 pages
Publisher:  Kregel Publications; 4th edition (December 23, 2002)
ISBN-10: 082546207X
Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Autobiography
Buy On: Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.


The dramatic autobiography of one of China’s dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders.
This is the gripping story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan province and placed him on the front line for Jesus, in the face of impossible odds. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to focus on the character and beauty of Jesus. Interspersed with his personal account are contributions from his wife, Deling, made mostly during her husband’s frequent periods of imprisonment. You will remember where you were the first time you read this life story. It’s a watershed book that will turn the reader to prayer and praise. It deserves comparison with past classics such as Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, or the Life of Watchman Nee.


It would be pretty much impossible to find a man as dedicated to his God as Brother Yun. He experienced months of brutal torture at a time; from being electrocuted to even almost frozen to death. He was beaten, kicked, punched, starved, urinated on, and mocked. At one point, his captors even stuck needles up his finger nails. Yet through all of this brutality, Yun never once denounced his faith in Christ. At a young age of 16, Brother Yun committed his heart and life to Christ after his father was miraculously healed of cancer. From that day one, God became the center of Yun’s life. Little did he know just how big a commitment that was… In China, Bibles were extremely hard to find, and those who did have them were in constant fear of being  arrested or even executed. This did not stop Brother Yun though. For months, he prayed and begged God for a Bible without any luck. However, one night he had a vision that someone gave him a Bible, and when he woke up from the dream someone was knocking on his door with a Bible to give him. This is just one of countless miracles Yin experienced in his life. God helped him escape from the guards, prisons, torture and even pain many times. But even through the times of his torture, Yun had God by his side and the many Bible passages he had memorized to remind him that pain on this earth is temporary and God has a plan for each and every person bigger than any one could ever imagine. 

I don’t know where to start! Brother Yun’s story was just amazing, sad, convicting, horrible, and phenomenal all at the same time.

The devotion he had for Christ was plain out crazy (in a good way). The torture he had to endure was so horrible that I had a hard time reading it because I could almost feel the needles in my finger nails and the boots kicking my stomach.

I have to confess, that there were a few times in the story that I almost wanted to say “Just give up”. The pain he was experiencing seemed too much to bear; however, it always turned out that whenever I thought this, I would come to a verse that Yun had written down that reminded me of the promises God gives.

I wasn’t even experiencing the pain and yet I had a hard time reading through it. Yun was actually experiencing it, and he stood strong.

It was just so convicting and inspiring to me. I was amazed that someone could go through that much torture to spread the gospel. I saw many areas of my life that needed some work done in order to make God the center.

The Heavenly Man was just the book I needed to get back on track! I reccomend this book to everyone–Christian or not!


  1. Kaelyn says:

    Wow!! What a powerful story!!

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  2. Homer Les says:

    I love Pastor Yun’s testimony. We read his story not long before God called us to our own journey of suffering for faith with homelessness, hunger and loss. Pastor Yun’s faith is a tremendous reminder that God does walk with us through the deepest valleys. We can confirm that wholeheartedly. What an encouragement to all believers. To have faith under suffering is rare and beautiful these days.

    This book is an excellent read we highly recommend for all who would follow Jesus in faith. Thank you for posting your review.

    Homer Les

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    1. Ani says:

      It is so great to hear that this book meant a lot to your life. Thank you for sharing your story!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Kiara says:

    Hi Ani. My name is Kiara. I love your books they sound good!!!!! It’s nice to meet you!!!!!!😊♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ani says:

      Awww, thanks!!


  4. Lily says:

    I have read this book countless times, and I’m reading it again right now! It’s so inspiring, yet hard to read. Thanks for sharing the review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ani says:

      I’m glad to hear that you read and liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

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