God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China, by Liao Yiwu, was declared the Book of The Year for 2011 by Books & Culture, the cultural magazine published by Christianity Today.
This is a remarcable book, given that it is written by a non-Chriostian. Here is how the book is introduced on the Amazon website:
When journalist Liao Yiwu first stumbled upon a vibrant Christian community in the officially secular China, he knew little about Christianity. In fact, he’d been taught that religion was evil, and that those who believed in it were deluded, cultists, or imperialist spies. But as a writer whose work has been banned in China and has even landed him in jail, Liao felt a kinship with Chinese Christians in their unwavering commitment to the freedom of expression and to finding meaning in a tumultuous society.
Unwilling to let his nation lose memory of its past or deny its present, Liao set out to document the untold stories of brave believers whose totalitarian government could not break their faith in God, including:
- The over-100-year-old nun who persevered in spite of beatings, famine, and decades of physical labor, and still fights for the rightful return of church land seized by the government Continue reading “God Is Red – Book of the Year for 2011”