The International Bestseller Written in Three Days

Mindy Belz | August 3, 2016

Editors’ note: Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can be done only by reading old books.” Continuing our Rediscovering the Forgotten Classics series we want to survey some forgotten and lesser-known Christian classics. Previously in this series:

It took only three days to write, but almost 50 years later Tortured for Christ is an enduring book read around the world. The classic by Richard Wurmbrand (1909–2001), a Romanian Jew turned pastor and founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, has been published in 65 languages.

What drives the slender 170-page bestselling work a half-century later? Quite simply, the suffering that preceded it.

Wurmbrand the Atheist 

Wurmbrand grew up orphaned and poor in Romania and by age 14 was a convinced atheist. He recalls, “It was not just that I did not believe in God or Christ—I hated these notions.”

But the committed non-believer kept having encounters with God’s people. On a visit to a mountain village, Wurmbrand met an elderly carpenter who…

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