Book Review: The Pastor’s Wife by Sabina Wurmbrand
Sometimes, it might be his mother or grandmother, but often it is his wife.
After reading the book In God’s Underground, I was intrigued by the story of Sabina Wurmbrand, the wife of Richard Wurmbrand. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have your husband imprisoned for years on end, while you waited for news of whether he was dead or alive. As if that wasn’t enough, you were responsible for carrying on his ministry in the midst of a communist country. THEN, when you thought life couldn’t possibly get any worse, you were dragged away, separated from your only son, and placed in a slave labor camp.
Such was the life of Sabina Wurmbrand. Through it all she faced unimaginable difficulties, illness, trials and temptations, while refusing to betray her Savior. Her marriage was put to the test, but even when she wasn’t sure if her husband was alive or dead, she remained faithful.
The Pastor’s Wife is a no-holds barred honest retelling of her life and struggles as a Christian woman and wife in the midst of a very evil world. Certain parts of her story were heartrendingly difficult as she shared what it was like to survive the Romanian labor camps, surrounded by exiled aristocracy, other Jews, gypsies, prostitutes, thieves, and other people deemed to be “undesirables” by the communist regime.
Often I found myself wondering what it would be like to be in her shoes. How would I respond? Would I react with bitterness and anger or forgive as a testimony to Christ’s love? Though I was able to read the book in just one day, this is the type of short read that will stay with you long after you close the cover.
In 1949, when Soviet propaganda was asserting that free Christian worship was being tolerated behind the Iron Curtain, the Communists arrested Pastor Richard Wurmbrand in Romania for secret Christian activities. The Pastor’s Wife is Sabina Wurmbrand’s true story of her efforts to get her husband released, her subsequent imprisonment and, above all, her unceasing efforts to help build a Christian Underground Church in restricted areas around the world. For the truth is that the Communists to this day cannot tolerate genuine Christianity, and are still executing or imprisoning underground Christians. This is the urgent message of The Pastor’s Wife.
My Favorite Quotes from The Pastor’s Wife
“An army moves at the speed of the slowest truck. And if men advance in the mass, it will be at the rate of the slowest man. Christ calls you out of the mass.”
“The one who instilled in Saul of Tarsus hatred of Christianity also laid the foundations for the future Paul. The Bible says where sin abounds, grace abounds even more.”
“Those who die for their faith leave behind the greatest legacy of influence for good.”
“Every Christian reflects a little of the glory of the Lord. In times of suffering others might observe it.”
“Sometimes the stones of remembrance which we took from the valley of suffering were beautiful.
“Everyone who lives in a house knows it has been built by an architect, just as everyone who attends a banquet knows it was prepared by a cook. We are all invited to the banquet of this world, which is so full of wonderful things—the sun, the moon, the stars and rain and fruits of all kinds; and we know that the one who has prepared this is God.”
“Time and distance quench a small love, but make a great love stronger.”
“Why should a girl keep herself pure? Because in this way she can inspire mankind and lead humanity higher.”
“But if it is dangerous to do God’s work, how much more dangerous it is to leave it undone.”