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Overview Through the horrors of war and intense and almost unbelievable persecution for their faith in Christ, the characters in this novel-all composites of people known to the author-display enduring perseverance and courage. The underlying truth of each fictional episode makes this book much more than mere fiction. It is the gripping story of real people who would not recant their faith despite the most traumatizing conditions. Truly the gates of hell could not overcome China's courageous believers of Jesus Christ.
Publishers Description This is a book born of passion; passion that Anthony Bollback has for the Chinese people. . . . This is a wonderful work that will grab your attention and capture your heart. -Dr. David F. Presher Vice President for Advancement, The Christian and Missionary Alliance Since the Communist takeover, every missionary China Hand has lived with two kinds of pain. The first, leaving a part of themselves behind in that beloved land, and second, the agony of soul in knowing of the persecuted church that must remain. Anthony Bollback, with sensitive insight and skill, has shown us another side of the story: the story of how that church has survived in triumph. The reader will be deeply moved with this account. Though by necessity fiction, it is exciting and historically factual. Read it and weep-and laugh-and rejoice. -Dr. Edwin W. Kilbourne, President at large, OMS International, A China Hand Life-changing in its challenges and adventurous in its presentation, Red Runs the River . . . masterfully reveals genuine human aspirations, concerns, and longings in the lives of Meiling and Anching, This book will capture your every emotion. -Dr. Mark T. O'Farrell, District Superintendent, The Christian and Missionary Alliance Readers of this book will feel the heartbeat of that great nation portrayed in real conditions and characters captured in an engrossing drama. -Dr. Wayne Frair Ph.D Former Chairman of the Biology Department, Kings College Through the horrors of war and intense and almost unbelievable persecution for their faith in Christ, the characters in this novel-all composites of people known to the author-display enduring perseverance and courage. The underlying truth of each fictionalepisode makes this book much more than mere fiction. It is the gripping story of real people who would not recant their faith despite the most traumatizing conditions. Truly the gates of hell could not overcome China's courageous believers of Jesus Christ.
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Studio: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.66" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Feb 11, 2004
Publisher Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
ISBN 1414101104 ISBN13 9781414101101
Availability 0 units.
More About Anthony G. Bollback
ANTHONY G. BOLLBACK Anthony Bollback was born into a Christian home that always entertained missionaries. He received Christ at age 16 after a near-drowning incident at a summer youth conference. Beginning his missionary career in China, he and his wife Evelyn, were forced to evacuate when the Communists took over, and three years later began serving in Japan for five years. The remainder of his 24 years in Asia was spent in Hong Kong where he planted and directed 10 chapels and schools with 10,000 students. He served as Field Chairman of the China-Hong Kong Field of The Christian and Missionary Alliance for four years. Unexpectedly, God changed his direction and sent him to Honolulu for a most effective ministry as pastor of Kapahulu Bible Church. He retired from active ministry after serving as District Superintendent of the Mid-America District C&MA for 9 very productive years. Following retirement in Florida, he began an active writing career and the publishing of a very popular series of 6 books based on his experiences in China for children entitled "Jack and Jenny Mystery Series." His most popular adult books based on the persecution of the church in China are the two-book series entitled "The Persecuted Church in China: Red Runs the River, Vol. 1" and "Exiles of Hope, Vol. 2."He continues a very active ministry of writing and speaking that includes a monthly e-letter called China Clippings. In addition he serves on the Church Board and is an Elder in the church.
Reviews - What do customers think about Red Runs the River?
A realistic view of persecution in China. Dec 2, 2005
This book is very good. It is intriguing and hard to put down. Anthony Bollback, having visited China as a missionary, relies on his knowledge of the country to write a very realistic drama. He writes it as fiction, although most of the incidents actually happened. The subplot of Meiling and Anching's love for each other is an interesting inclusion that helps keep the book from becoming too boring. One distracting quality that I found is that the characters seemed to express themselves over-descriptively. That might just be how people talk in China, but it seemed somewhat strange to me. Otherwise, this book is a very good book and a definite "page-turner".
Overall, this was one of the best books I have read for a while and it was well worth the time. I would highly recommend this book, as well as "Exiles of Hope", the second volume in the two-book series by Bollback. Also, I would recommend Bollback's two other books about China: "To China and Back", an autobiography, and "Giants Walked Among Us", a biography about Paul and Ina Bartel. Read and enjoy.
Great Story for my church Aug 30, 2005
this has been an inspiring book to lead my people in praying more clearly for our brothers and sisters in christ who suffer persecution.
Good Read Aug 30, 2005
this book is a good read and hard to put down. the realism is good and it is obvious the author knows his stuff. historical accuracy also seems to be good. but the drama is there and the love story angle helps keep this from being too dry. obviously the underpinning storyline of persecution is a tough one.
Compelling reading about China persecution Aug 28, 2005
In this first volume of a proposed 2 volume series the author has captured the anguish of believers in China faced with the very real persecutions of their faith. As a western believer the story caused me to be thankful for my own freedoms. Written from the perspective of a novel, I was pleased yet humbled to learn that all the facets of this story are based on actual accounts with real people in China. This well written story will captivate you as it did me and will keep you reading until you are done.