Item description for Secrets Of Watchman Nee (A Spirit-Filled Classic) by Dana Roberts...
Overview There was Andrew Murray in South Africa and Watchman Nee in China, and it's difficult to know whose books influenced the most Christians lives. Yet this is the first theological study of Nee's writings and the Chinese philosophy that influenced much of what he believed and taught. Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly a gift from the Lord to His Church. In 1952 Nee was imprisoned for his faith. He died in prison in 1972. His books continue to be an abundant source of spiritual food for Christians throughout the world. This book is for every Nee reader.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 11, 2005
Publisher Bridge-Logos Publishers
Series Spirit Filled Classic
ISBN 0882700103 ISBN13 9780882700106
Reviews - What do customers think about Secrets Of Watchman Nee (A Spirit-Filled Classic)?
With all due respect.... Nov 16, 2005
With all due respect, Mr. Roberts, I never said that you or anyone else is racist. This is a mischaracterisation. I only implied that your negative assessments of Nee result from an (all too common) underlying notion that non-Western Christians are more susceptible to certain errors than Christians of any other background. You point to theological disagreements you have with Nee, and, rather than examine their basis in European Christian writings (from which Nee formulated his own theology), correlate everything to Nee's being Chinese. This would seem to be a cop-out way of dealing with the issue. You would accuse me of having some sort of agenda, so I would hesitate to ever do the same to you, but I often found myself scratching my head and wondering just what was your motive. That you have a Chinese wife, or that your son has a good sense of humour, or that a certain number of people read your book and liked it, does not prove to anybody that any of your conclusions are not invalid.
It is also unfair and silly to claim that I (and I can only speak for myself, knowing nothing about the first reviewer...and I myself take issue with that reviewer's tone) wish to "make sure that no one buys [your] book" or discovers that Watchman Nee was a man with faults. What a bizarre conclusion! Is this what you say to anyone who disagrees with your opinions on the man? Of course Nee had faults, and by all means, anyone who would find the book interesting should buy it and read it for himself! I bought it myself just for that reason, but found the whole thing misleading and almost spiteful. My review, whether or not you agree with it, is only my personal and legitimate assessment of it, and doesn't purport to be anything more. I never meant any offense to you personally.
Author's response Nov 12, 2005
My son laughed at the two reviews. Especially the comment about racism. My wife Xia Deping thought it is funning too. As for errors and shallowness, I can only say that I had Chinese Christians inside and outside China read it. They apparently are shallow and racist too! I think the authors' intent is to make sure that no one buys my book and finds out that Watchman Nee was like David and the disciples who argued who was greatest. To say that he brought people closer to God is not to say he is perfect. I am also mystified how someone could say I am racist and is also disturbed that Nee may have been influenced by Chinese culture.
Disappointing Sep 28, 2005
It is very misleading the way in which the author and publisher of this book try to pass it off as an appreciation of Watchman Nee and his work, when it is rather just a poorly researched, somewhat arrogant attempt at showing that Nee was unduly and improperly influenced by the Chinese culture, an assessment that I find both racist and not in the least supported by any of the author's actual writing. In fact, some of the innuendoes levelled against Watchman Nee are so totally inappropriate that they only serve to expose the author for an apparently gross lack of discernment. The book also has a number of blatant factual errors which could be picked up from even the most cursory reading of the text.
A Pathetically Shallow Study Sep 24, 2005
The author fails to penetrate the depth of Watchman Nee's thought, esperience, and ministry and thus has written a pathetically shallow study of Watchman Nee. Also, the book has a religious flavor that is quite sickening.