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Tortured for Christ (FREE BOOK)

Feeling discouraged about life? This should be a reminder to count your blessings. See the end of this post for a powerful video and a link where you can get the book free.

Tortured for Christ changed my life and filled me with a love for the Jewish people and deep gratitude for living in a free country where I am free to worship. My Grandmother gave it to me when I was a teenager and I have reread it several times since.

Rev. Richard Wurmbrand is referred to as the ‘Voice of the Underground Church’ by many or the ‘Iron Curtain St. Paul.’ His books are best sellers in over fifty languages. This humble man began the ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs.

Richard and Sabina were Jews married in 1936 and converted to Christ in 1938. They joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews in Bucharest. Richard was ordained, first as an Anglican, and then after World War II, as a Lutheran minister.

Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed one million Gospels to Russian troops, the books often disguised as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On December 30, 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was proclaimed.

Richard Wurmbrand kidnapped

On February 29, 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and assigned as ‘Prisoner Number 1.’

In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a laborer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son Mihai alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison. But Sabina listened to the still small voice of God, knowing her husband was alive.

Years of Torture

Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight and a half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. While in prison, he went through horrific tortures at the hands of the brutal secret police. Despite the treatments and the warnings he received from his persecutors, Richard resumed his work with the ‘underground’ churches after his release.

Wurmbrand traveled to Norway, England, and then the United States. In May of 1965, he testified in Washington, D.C. before the US Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee. He became known as the “The Voice of the Underground Church,” doing much to publicize the persecution of Christians in Communist countries.

In this video clip Richard explains, while in solitary confinement, how He begged for God to speak to Him, and God did speak. But he did not give a word of encouragement as Richard expected. He asked Richard a question.

Watch the video to hear the thought provoking question from God, then ask the same question of yourself.

The Voice of the Martyrs

In April of 1967, the Wurmbrands formed Jesus To The Communist World later named The Voice of the Martyrs, an interdenominational organization working initially with and for persecuted Christians in Communist countries. Later it expanded its activities to help persecuted believers in other places, especially in the Muslim world. Richard passed away February 17, 2001.

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  1. Thank you for posting this. I never knew the story behind Voice of the Martyrs. This sounds like a must-have book for our children to know and read and get into their hearts.
    thanks, J

  2. |Hi Robin.

    Oh wow, I picked up a book by the Voice of the Martyrs called Hearts of Fire and it is about 7 women who suffered and one of them is Sabina Wurmbrand. Thankyou for posting this, I will surely get it and read it to my children and hopefully set their hearts on fire.

  3. |Hi Robin.

    Hi Robin: I have a question for you. I am 52 yrs. old and I have 2 young ones left at home. They are : a girl 10 1/2 and a boy 9 yrs. old. I am trying to homeschool them and also work partime to supplement our income. I love my kids dearly but you know there are times when I wonder why God gave us these two at this stage of my life. I am tired and there are times when I am not up to doing the things that these two active children want to do and I feel like they are missing out on having young parents because we at times cannot keep up with them. The schooling at this point is not going so well because my son refuses to read even though I know he can do it. Do you have any suggestions? Would you pls. pray for us, I feel as though I am letting them down and not giving them the quality of life that they should have at this age. Paulette.

  4. Deanne

    Dear Robin, Thank you for promoting this amazing free book. My family and I have been supporters of Voice of the Martyrs for several years. The ministry they have is simply a beautiful picture of Christ, to me.
    They also sell a fabulous book entitled, Jesus Freaks, which was cowritten by DC Talk. It is a modern retelling of Foxe’s book of Martyrs. Highly recommended! Love Deanne

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  5. The Voice of the Martyrs has helped me so much to unite in prayer and in spirit with the body of Christ worldwide and throughout time. I’m ashamed at times at the ease in which I live daily as an American christian and I thank God for my rich brothers and sisters like Richard Wurmbrand for the courage and desire for Christ to be seen in me they inspire. Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to be getting it. VOM also has lots of other great material which I’ve used to read to my kids.
    Thanks Robin!

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  6. Robin,
    Thank you for promoting such an important book. I can’t even remember how I got my first copy, but lots of copies have gone through my hands since. The Voice of the Martyrs is an organization worthy of attention and support. And you’re right – this book alone will change a life.
    Have a great day!

  7. Paulette, I am praying for you. Michelle

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  8. Oh, and thank you for the link, Robin! I am signing up to get mine right now. Michelle

  9. Hi Robin,
    Love the book, also they did have something for homeschoolers for free called The Link which taught about different countries, missionaries etc, We have a notebook full and love them.

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  10. The VOM’s ministry is very dear to my heart, but I didn’t know the history behind it. Thank you for posting this, Robin! I would love to read the book. Leinani

  11. Thanks for sharing this info. I just ordered my free book. I was receiving Voice of the Martyrs, but I forgot to renew. I need to do that. I was getting The Link, too. I’ll put that on my to-do list.


  12. Thank you for this resource! I just ordered a copy of this book and am sure it will be a challenging read.

    To Paulette (poster #3 here) I just wanted to give my encouragement that though I am young, I live with chronic health challenges and can relate to a lot of your fears and worries about giving your kids all they need despite physical limitations. But God is not calling us to be like “other” families, He is calling us to be our families and this is where He has placed our kids. He will supply everything you and they need to fulfill the purposes for each of you. {{{hugs}}}

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  13. I Just heard of this book , and im very young spiritually and would like to read this book.

  14. Great post. Ordered a copy and the video is quite thought provoking.

  15. Debbie


    I would like to receive a copy of tortured for Christ, I love reading.



  16. I would love a copy of tortured for Christ, I am a Christian and heard that this is an excellant book. Please send me one.

    Thanks and God Bless

  17. Alex balhasy

    Hello ,
    I am a christian and would very much like to have a free copy of this book, which i have heard about.
    Please send this to the adress indicated
    Thanking you,

  18. Please send me a copy of Tortured for Christ, as I too want myself and my children to know that narrow is the gate to everlasting life, but at the end is joy and life everlasting. We have read it to experience it. Please don’t forget me.

  19. kindly make arrangement to procure the same in the form of e-book free download or release links to it via free downloders so that many can have benefit of reading and understanding christianity., particularly for india.

  20. vijay kumar

    Iam vijay I felt happy that you are providing torture for christ books ,First time i heared one pastor is saying about richard wurmbrand that he was kept many years in jail ,please provide me one coppy i will also make my friends to read this book

  21. Please send me a free copy of tortured for Christ.
    I am in Africa.

  22. lesiba

    I want to know more about this torture.May you please send me a free copy of “torture for Christ”. God bless you

  23. Please I am a pastor I want this book so that I will know how to be praying for them
    Thank you God richly bless you all;

  24. Vanessa Kognet

    I have read this book before and it had positive effect on my life. Will love to read it again. I suggest a soft copy be placed on the inernet for many to have access. I beleive it will reach out to many out there.

  25. I have not read the book. i think from the title alone the book will be a nice read.
    How can one get it? Think a free copy on net will help go a long way to reach people like me who are eager to read it.

  26. Glenn Stone

    I would love a copy of tortured for Christ, I am a new Christian and a Jew. Please send me one.

    Thanks and God Bless

  27. Sheila Bond



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  30. Please send me a copy and for a friend.

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  33. would liker a free copy of tortured

  34. Dirk Casson

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  35. Hugh Kingsley

    Please send me a copy.I would love to know more about this book.I am new to the Christian faith and my Pastor said this book will really change my life.God bless you.

  36. Please send me a copy.thanks God bless

  37. Please, I would love a copy! Michelle

  38. I am a new christian and would love a free copy! God Bless.

  39. hi, please send me an e-book copy of the book. thanks!