The English translation of a book about a dedicated Christian.
Lin presents a testimony of the life of “Brother Lee,” a Chinese man who converted to Christianity in 1924 at the age of 19 and dedicated the remainder of his life to serving Jesus. Lee died in 1997 after an active ministry that stretched from Taiwan to Los Angeles. As explained by Lin, Lee, a self-described “poor preacher,” wrote many books and helped many people to come to the Christian faith. This book, reflecting on his life and teachings, was originally published in Taiwan in 2013. Lin professes to owe a personal debt to Lee, who converted him from Buddhism in 1958 while Lin was still a freshman in college. He attended Lee’s spiritual training in Taipei and became his driver and general “man-of-work”; he also edited Lee’s Chinese Life Ministry journal. “In writing a person’s testimony,” the author says, “the most important principle to follow is to avoid flattery, exaggeration, and exhortation, which might portray a ‘perfect person.’ ” Nevertheless, his account of Lee is unflaggingly hagiographical, constantly testifying to the man’s saintliness and Christian wisdom even when some of his insights no longer conform to current Christian dogma (such as his lifelong belief that “for twenty-six centuries Israel has been suffering under a long, divine chastisement”). A great deal of the book is given over to long quotations from Lee’s own writings, including seminars he made throughout his productive life. But when the author interjects personal anecdotes about his subject, they always show Lee as charmingly saintlike (noting, for instance, that Brother Lee loved reading the Bible so much he sometimes forgot to sleep or eat). Western Christians interested in ministries far from their own congregations will find this to be engaging reading.
A worshipful portrait of a humble Chinese Christian preacher and author.