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Tens of millions of Christians live in China today, many of them
leading double lives or in hiding from a government that relentlessly
persecutes them. Bob Fu, whom the Wall Street Journal called
"The pastor of China's underground railroad," is fighting to
protect his fellow believers from persecution, imprisonment, and even
death. God's Double Agent is his fascinating and riveting
story.
Bob Fu is indeed God's double agent. By day Fu worked as
a full-time lecturer in a communist school; by night he pastored a
house church and led an underground Bible school. This can't-put-it-down
book chronicles Fu's conversion to Christianity, his arrest and
imprisonment for starting an illegal house church, his harrowing escape,
and his subsequent rise to prominence in the United States as an
advocate for his brethren. God's Double Agent will inspire
readers even as it challenges them to boldly proclaim and live out their
faith in a world that is at times indifferent, and at other times
murderously hostile, to those who spread the gospel.

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October 2, 2013

Double or Nothing
Bob Fu wanted to help his desperately poor family and village and was a top student. He became a student leader in college, desiring for a career to make money for his family. He saw corruption everywhere and then worked for Tiananmen Square protests. He was devastated with the results. When under "college house" arrest and not wanting to live, he was given the book about Xi Zizhi, who had tried every philosophy and religion and finally turned to Jesus. Reading that book was the turning point for Bob Fu as he saw Truth, and he became a changed man, wanting to live, willing to have nothing and take on a "double identity" in order to share his faith. He taught classes for communist leaders in the day while he shared his faith at night. The government was threatened by his faith and he ended up in prison. He and his family escaped. But his story doesn't end there as even now in 2013, he is dedicated to help others who are tortured and imprisoned in China. Much goes on behind closed doors that seem like a horror movie but are real even today. This book stirred my heart and opened my eyes in a huge way.
5

October 22, 2013

Truth better than fiction
My husband and I had a hard time setting this book down. The life journey story is compelling, the faith is inspirational and the love for the people of China is clear. The persecuted church has so much to teach us. I was particularly struck by the teaching of the elderly pastor who taught the couple, "If you want to be a faithful minister and follower of Jesus in China, you should learn prison theology....In prison you find out more about God and His faithfulness than anywhere else. Jail is where God prepares His church in China."
5

July 27, 2015

The Plight of Chinese Christians Today
God’s Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian’s Fight for Freedom by Bob Fu and Nancy French is a fascinating look into the plight of Chinese Christians today.

Bob Fu narrates his story, from wanting political freedom, to his participation and escape from Tiananmen Square, to finding the Lord Jesus as His personal Savior. He describes his humble hometown, his schooling, and his dreams. “Bob” (actually Xiqiu) opens the curtains on what it’s like to live, study, and love in China. He helps us understand sanctioned churches, the house church movement, and exactly what it takes to be openly Christian.

Bob himself spent several months in a Chinese prison for his faith. Many more have spent much more time there. This book brings them to life.

Bob describes almost incredible escapes—and his role in them.

He founded ChinaAid, which provides training, financial support and legal defense for persecuted Christians in China. Bob shares some of their stories.

This book fascinated me for several reasons: it helped me understand the opposition that Christians face on a daily basis in Communist China. It is not a pretty picture. They are under constant surveillance. They are opposed in their studies, lied about, tortured, and beaten. If one person in a family is a Christian, the authorities go after all the family—even if they are not Christians and don’t know anything. What hit me the most was that this is current. We’re not reading about what took place many decades ago. We’re reading about events that happened after the year 2000.

God’s Double Agent was an incredibly interesting read. I gained a new appreciation for the endurance of the persecuted church and its dedication to Christ. It gave me a new understanding about fledgling Chinese churches and their need for Bible training in doctrine and practice. It gave me more of a burden for China and other countries where Christianity is discouraged. It is very well written and chock full of adventure.

I highly recommend this book to teens and adults.
5

Mar 13, 2015

What a powerful book. It reads like a thriller. My eyes have been opened more to the very real and still current struggle for religious and political freedom in China. I find myself newly grateful that I live in a free country like Australia.
5

December 11, 2013

Truly God's Double Agent
This is one of the best books I have read recently. You know, we were blessed with being born in the land of the free--the land of milk and honey--where we determine our own destiny--and yet there is an element among us who complain about everything. It is not fair that there are rich AND poor in America. It is evil to be a Christian. Some want more--a guaranteed wage, free housing--even the young and healthy do not want to work but want to live off the state--free contraception, etc. But our freedoms are the most cherished things we have.This booik shows us life in a country where there are no freedoms--the state allows youi to live, end of story. These people have to get permission to have a baby and then only one. If you do not follow this, you get a FORCED abortion. Here is a man who loved the Lord so much he was willing to risk his life on a daily basis to share the good news with others. When his wife became pregnant, they risked their lives to excape to freedom. This man's story really made me think. I mourn for a whole country who lives in tyranny and pray for them daily. They are truly the land of the brave to just get up and face each day and live their lives of struggle--real struggle.
5

November 23, 2013

Intriguing with Fast Pace Storyline
My son told me about Bob Fu's interview with Glen Beck. I was instantly curious. As we watched Bob Fu speak to Glen, I was awestruck at his calm and heart felt demeanor. The impression he left on my brain was as strong as the one he imprinted to my heart. After all he and his family have been through, I was amazed at his well spoken and eager to share spirit. I had to know more. Ah, I see... He has a book out. I gotta check it out. I will just download the sample on my kindle and then go to bed.
I breezed through the sample and thought, " Oh no, do I have enough cash on my card to buy his book, Double Agent?" Of course, the sample left off at a riveting point. I had enough cash and I hit click to buy instantly. I love true history so to read his life story about his life in China was fascinating. His love for China and its people was described through his words as he tells his story. He and his wife have an enduring love for reaching the gospel to their people in China as well. Their love story started out like a love that could've been forbidden by her parents. Yet, it persevered through almost impossible circumstances, separations, and trials.
Speaking as a history lover, I would strongly recommend this book especially if you have a love for China as I do. He told it like it was and didn't candy coat his experiences. I have enjoyed learning through the years about the rich history of China and its people. He did a great job explaining his religious persecutions while not condemning his country. I appreciated his candor in how he told his story. I could see how he loves China and has a heart for its people.

Incredible and well written story and that's why I rate it a five.
5

June 5, 2014

A page turner full of intrigue
A page turner -- that has the benefit of being true. Bob Fu (the only thing flippant about his life is how he got the name, "Bob") packs more adventure into his one life than whole towns full of people experience. Had he written this as a fiction writer it would have seemed implausible because there are too many twists and turns in his life to all have happened to one person. But they are honestly all part of his personal experience. The daring and the escapes from the Communist Chinese government are as unlikely as Israel winning its several wars. Yet, like Israel, these things all really happened.

I met Bob at a conference and, while he was humble and friendly and certainly didn't put on airs, I felt very small in his presence because I knew I was in the presence of greatness. Read this book and relive with him the unmitigated tragedies of China's cultural revolution, heart-pounding escapes and the weight of responsibility he took on once safely in the United States for those left behind in China.
5

May 23, 2017

This gives a thorough examination of the underground churches on mainland China. It shows the atheism of Communism and its war on its own people and their freedoms. Most people do not know that persecution that is taking place in China. Its demand for abortions and the laws that limit the number of children that a family can have, which is only one. A woman cannot become pregnant unless she possess a yellow permit allowing her to become pregnant. If she becomes pregnant without the permit, it is This gives a thorough examination of the underground churches on mainland China. It shows the atheism of Communism and its war on its own people and their freedoms. Most people do not know that persecution that is taking place in China. Its demand for abortions and the laws that limit the number of children that a family can have, which is only one. A woman cannot become pregnant unless she possess a yellow permit allowing her to become pregnant. If she becomes pregnant without the permit, it is immediate abortion, no matter how late in her pregnancy she is. I believe many people ought to read this book and China's persecution of their own people. ...more
5

May 8, 2017

One of best biographies I have ever read!
Bob Fu, Chinese,born during the "Great Leap Forward" by Mao, tells the incredible story of his life, from begging for food, to graduation from college and law school. He attended the Tienemin Square student uprising as a young college student, protesting the rights of teachers and students.
But his spiritual life is the true story. Having never heard of God or Jesus, he is given a book which transforms his life as he accepts Jesus
Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is totally changed and becomes an evangelist at great risk.
After being imprisoned for his beliefs, he marries Heidi, his sweetheart. When she becomes pregnant without permission from the government, they realize they must flee for their lives or the government would force an abortion.
Their escape is a miracle in itself.
Many miracles, and answers to prayer guide them first to Thailand, then Hong Kong where their child is born.
Bob is today living with his family in Midland, Texas where he heads CHINA AID, a non-profit organization which works in China rescuing and providing legal representation for Christians of all ages and walks of life whose lives are in danger.
He met personally with President George Bush, who has supported his efforts.
This book is almost impossible to put down and a perfect read for a book club.
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Nov 16, 2013

If you have ever questioned whether God is real and at work in the world around you, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of "God's Double Agent". Bob Fu's account of his childhood and his path to becoming a follower of Jesus in the midst of communist China is absolutely riveting, and will leave you pondering your own dedication to God. It would be impossible to walk away from this book and not weigh the cost of following Christ, when you learn of the plight of millions of Chinese If you have ever questioned whether God is real and at work in the world around you, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of "God's Double Agent". Bob Fu's account of his childhood and his path to becoming a follower of Jesus in the midst of communist China is absolutely riveting, and will leave you pondering your own dedication to God. It would be impossible to walk away from this book and not weigh the cost of following Christ, when you learn of the plight of millions of Chinese Christians who spend time in jail and who are brutally persecuted for their faith, and who still praise the name of Jesus! The book is very well-written, and reads more like a fiction book than an autobiography in that the chapters are full of action and drama, romance and suspense. But the best part of this book is that it is a true account, such that instead of just wishing that the characters are real, like in fiction novels, readers can know that these men and women are real. Through the pages of this story, readers will grow to genuinely care about Bob Fu and his wife Heidi, and see that they are not pretending to be perfect, but struggle with the same things you and I do. Bob and Heidi demonstrate the power of relying on God to set the course of your future, and submitting to His will for your life. Yet they also remind us that we are in s spiritual war, and we must also play a role in fighting for the freedom of men and women and children to be free from persecution. "God's Double Agent" will not only stir your faith, but call you to take action as well. It is a book that everyone should read!


I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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November 6, 2014

Inspiring and Encouraging of What God is Doing in China
A story that might have come right out of the First Century - of conversion and persecution, the power of evil, but the ever-present and even greater power of God to accomplish his will through his obedient servants. Having taught English for two years in China, I saw first hand the government control of the Three-Self Church, especially how the churches are given just enough freedom to seem free, but sermons were more like motivational speeches, "speakers" were different every week, and regular visitors were marked for close scrutiny. Though the Underground Church may be vibrant, Bibles are in short supply and good teaching often uneven.

Bob Fu's personal journey from a poor, rural village to the power centers of Beijing and Washington D.C. is compelling, both for his honesty and passion to escape the poverty of spirit and ubiquitous corruption that pervades Chinese society, but more evidently for how a surrendered servant of Jesus Christ can make a difference even on a global stage.

Most importantly, God is still powerfully using Bob Fu's China Aid to effect positive change within China, despite Satanic opposition at the highest levels. This book tears back the curtain on the persecuted church and should motivate many readers to support Fu's tireless efforts on behalf of the soon-to-be largest Christian church in the world.
5

Dec 27, 2014

I had the honor of visiting with Mr. Fu when I went to Midland to visit a friend there. The prayer meeting in his home became a moment I will cherish forever as I knew I was with someone who was extra special. He has seen and experienced and fought for more than I've ever known to pray for.
His story was riveting. I could NOT put this book down. I loved the record of his days at Liaocheng Teacher's College. It was heart wrenching to hear of the sacrifices made by so many, especially his family, I had the honor of visiting with Mr. Fu when I went to Midland to visit a friend there. The prayer meeting in his home became a moment I will cherish forever as I knew I was with someone who was extra special. He has seen and experienced and fought for more than I've ever known to pray for.
His story was riveting. I could NOT put this book down. I loved the record of his days at Liaocheng Teacher's College. It was heart wrenching to hear of the sacrifices made by so many, especially his family, for him to follow and share Christ. The prison accounts were chilling; his conversion story compelling. I walked away challenged to evaluate my response to the gospel and to renew my urgency in prayer for the Chinese church. ...more
5

October 11, 2016

Religious Freedom In Communist Countries
If all we had was our thoroughly left slanted media, we would have an extremely poverty stricken & twisted view of Mainland China. I just finished reading the story of a Vietnamese girl (Mai) who was converted in Hong Kong and after waiting for five years for her visa to migrate to the US or Australia, the Lord Himself changed her direction and she returned to Vietnam to preach the Gospel. All of this to say, how similar are the tactics of the Chinese and Vietnamese authorities when either one are determined to bread their Christian "victims."
I was kept on the edge of my seat, as I read of Bob's and Heidi's narrow escapes and then all over again, as Bob returned to China or to places where China's agents could have captured him as he was seeking to bring others to freedom. I thought that the Vietnamese definition of religious freedom was very interesting, "'we keep religious freedom in a box' and we let our people worship any way they want to as long as it is where and how we approve." This was not word for word but it communicates the idea pretty well. I think the Chinese would agree with that definition.
4

July 6, 2015

Honest portrayal of the persecuted people in China
I read this book expecting it to be a testimonial of how God has used one man to rescue persecuted Christians in China. This book is a lot about Bob's background/growing up years and how God raised him to be used today from the west. It also speaks volumes about the human rights violation in China - something which any person in any race, color and religion could unite to stand together for.

I finished the book feeling that it was a real story and that there's so much we don't know yet about China. I used to think that persecution and the unfair "murders/kidnapping" belonged to 2 decades ago but I was so wrong. Read it and you might just be surprised at what's still going on in China right now.

Peace be with you all.
5

Jun 18, 2014

I had a friend who recently read this book and recommended it to me. I'm certainly glad he did. Bob Fu records his personal history that is easy to read but impossible to dismiss. If I said it once, I said it at least ten times. "It's really daunting what we in the Western world take for granted. Sure we read about and think we know about persecution. But reality is we can't appreciate the significance unless we've lived it." Bob Fu lived it. And attempts to rescue others from the same I had a friend who recently read this book and recommended it to me. I'm certainly glad he did. Bob Fu records his personal history that is easy to read but impossible to dismiss. If I said it once, I said it at least ten times. "It's really daunting what we in the Western world take for granted. Sure we read about and think we know about persecution. But reality is we can't appreciate the significance unless we've lived it." Bob Fu lived it. And attempts to rescue others from the same persecution.
Fu leads a ministry entitled ChinaAid and constantly uses opportunities to educate those in America (and the West) regarding religious persecution in China. His personal story is not only hair-raising but a testimony to God's faithfulness. Fu provides evidence for God's providence and encouraged me to consider my own faith. I am reminded of a passage from Luke. "Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more than they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell" (12:4-5).
If there was a modern-day "Hall of Faith," Fu would be included. ...more
5

Jun 14, 2017

Every committed Christian should read Bob Fu's book, God's Double Agent, especially to have a better understanding of how persecuted China's Christians are! After becoming friends with a young Chinese couple who own and operate an Asian restaurant in our small and rural town, I become somewhat interested in the Chinese culture. I just happened to review another Goodread's list of read books and noted Bob Fu's book and checked it out of our State's online library. It is one of the best books I Every committed Christian should read Bob Fu's book, God's Double Agent, especially to have a better understanding of how persecuted China's Christians are! After becoming friends with a young Chinese couple who own and operate an Asian restaurant in our small and rural town, I become somewhat interested in the Chinese culture. I just happened to review another Goodread's list of read books and noted Bob Fu's book and checked it out of our State's online library. It is one of the best books I have read this year. May the Lord bless the work of Bob Fu and those who comprise ChinaAid. ...more
4

Nov 20, 2019

Though I grew up hearing stories like these, I still struggle to understand that such abuses are happening right now. Lord, have mercy.
5

Jul 02, 2019

Excellent autobiography by Bob Fu, describing the the underground church in China and their struggle against suppression and persecution. Very inspiring!!!
4

Jul 02, 2014

This is by far the best book I have read this year! And that is saying a lot as I've read many good books this year.

What captivated me the most about this book was the way that Bob Fu seems to balance God's sovereignty with human responsibility. Too many books like this attribute everything that happened to either one of those extremes (it does not matter what one's religious, or non-religious background). As I read this account, I felt that some of the things that happened in Fu's life could This is by far the best book I have read this year! And that is saying a lot as I've read many good books this year.

What captivated me the most about this book was the way that Bob Fu seems to balance God's sovereignty with human responsibility. Too many books like this attribute everything that happened to either one of those extremes (it does not matter what one's religious, or non-religious background). As I read this account, I felt that some of the things that happened in Fu's life could have been easily avoided if he was just a bit more careful by digging a little deeper or was a bit less impulsive. However, the book became more authentic for me because of the fact that Fu did not try to hide the mistakes that he made by acting out of his youthful zeal, or act without thinking deeply about the situation from all angles.

Another thing that I appreciated about this book was the way that Fu brings out the stories of those who helped him along the way. The selfless sacrifices of Christian missionaries, business people, teachers, politicians (yes, even the politicians), and others have contributed to this great story. It goes to show that no person is an island, and that we really need others to lean on.

Finally, the Epilogue: A Letter to American Readers, is something that should not be skipped. And if you are a Christian, please pay close attention to Fu's letter to you - it is both heart warming and challenging, and it should be heeded.

(Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and BakerBooks in exchange for an honest review.) ...more
4

Jan 15, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how unaware we are in the USA of the struggles people face in other nations, and practicing religious freedom is something we tend to take for granted. I often hear conflicting reports about what's happening to Christians in other nations, and it was heart-wrenching to read this firsthand report from a man who suffered so greatly and wrongfully at the hands of not only anti-Christian zealots, but high-ranking government officials. Don't believe the propaganda from It never ceases to amaze me how unaware we are in the USA of the struggles people face in other nations, and practicing religious freedom is something we tend to take for granted. I often hear conflicting reports about what's happening to Christians in other nations, and it was heart-wrenching to read this firsthand report from a man who suffered so greatly and wrongfully at the hands of not only anti-Christian zealots, but high-ranking government officials. Don't believe the propaganda from people who want to water down the truth about what's happening in China.

This book is a must read for anyone interested in social justice and human rights, as well as those who are committed to praying for the persecuted church worldwide. ...more
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Dec 28, 2013

A great book since it highlights the ongoing problems and persecution being faced by Chinese believers. The underground church is clearly where God is most at work in China. Chairman Mao's wife's comment that the church is dead (or words to that effect) are ironic given that she is and the church is very-much alive. I don't know how, as a believer, I can, should or will respond to Bob's book. He describes some possible responses in the back of the book.

I was encouraged to hear that Bob's A great book since it highlights the ongoing problems and persecution being faced by Chinese believers. The underground church is clearly where God is most at work in China. Chairman Mao's wife's comment that the church is dead (or words to that effect) are ironic given that she is and the church is very-much alive. I don't know how, as a believer, I can, should or will respond to Bob's book. He describes some possible responses in the back of the book.

I was encouraged to hear that Bob's conversion was as a result of the work of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission.

It was as eye-opening as Randy Alcorn's novel Safely Home which I read several years ago and describes similar persecution and underground church activity as Bob's real experiences. ...more
5

Mar 25, 2014

great book! read very smoothly, as if is a fiction story and not a biography! actually, since i only just opened the book on my Kindle and never looked at the cover, I actually did think it was fiction for the whole beginning of the book until certain obvious clues gave it away. Has greatly increased my interest in China's government, and has opened my eyes to some problems there I didn't know existed.
4

Dec 02, 2013

Fascinating read about the amazing faith of a Chinese believer and the incredible persecution he endured and obstacles he had to overcome todo what he believed. god was calling him to do. You'll get great insights into the Chinese house church movement and to how China tries to suppress Christianity. I had a hard time putting it down.
5

Mar 24, 2014

A great read. If you're a Christian (and even if you're not), don't miss this one! It is inspiring to discover a real-live person who has dedicated his entire life to such an important cause. Bob Fu is a true disciple of Christ. And if you've ever wondered if God is still a God of miracles, Fu's experiences will give you something to ponder.
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May 04, 2015

I enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to the situation in China. I had no idea the government is that oppressive. I mean...I knew...but still had no idea. Probably still don't. I think the letter to American readers at the end is particularly insightful and helpful.

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