Friday, March 28, 2008

The Pastor's Wife, by Sabina Wurmbrand

This is a "simple" story of a Jewish convert by the name of Sabina Wurmbrand. She and her husband were born and raised in Romania. They became Christians and began ministering to their fellow Romanians while their country fell under rule of the communists. Her husband, Richard Wurmbrand was eventually arrested and placed in solitary confinement for spreading the truth of the gospel. She was also arrested. This is the story of her survival and victory despite the persecutions she and other believers faced on account of their faith.

The Pastor's Wife is like The Hiding Place only set in Romania. It is that gripping. It is that real. It is painful and triumphant all at the same time.

You know, I finished reading this book a week ago and I still can't think of anything to say about it. I think it would move any Christian but in different ways as we are different individuals. There is so much in this little book -- so many stories and examples of Christians being persecuted for their faith. It can be almost overwhelming except for the fact that Wurmbrand continuously brings you back to The Source of all hope.

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand were founders of Voice of the Martyrs ministry. They wanted the world to know and understand that persecution still exists. They knew it because they lived it. That's frequently how it is, isn't it? We want to talk about what we know. Because God knows this and created it to be so, He has us go through various issues and trials so that we can, in time, bless others who are going through a similar experience. He creates situations of understanding to make it easier for us to fellowship and have communion with other people and with Him.

I'd never heard of this book until quite recently. I'm very glad to have read it and would say that it's worth your time and effort to make it through this story. I hope it moves you but even if it doesn't, you can at least be aware that there are still people in the church who suffer mightily for their faith. Are they to be pitied? No. Encourage and strengthened by our freedom and prayers? Yes. That is all they ask for which should make us grateful because it is frequently all we have to give.


Anonymous said...

I've never heard of this book but you've piqued my interest. I've recently been hearing about The Hiding Place as well and would like to read that soon.

Sheila said...

I have never heard of that book but I think it would be a worthwhile read. Thanks for the review!

Laura said...

I've never heard of this book, but when I was much younger I read a book either by or about Richard Wurmbrand.

Thanks for calling my attention to this book!

Marbel said...

I've never heard of this book either, but I think I will check it out. Thanks!

*carrie* said...

My husband has Richard's books, but I didn't realize his wife had written one, too.

Big Chaille Fish said...

I had heard of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand while reading some of Eric and Leslie Ludy books. And I just recently bought this book, still waiting for it to come in the mail. I am currently trying to do my field work over in Romania this summer. So when I first heard their story I was captiviated. Thanks for doing a little review on the book. Can't wait to read it and pass it on to others.

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