wceu: May 29, 2013

Foolishness of God - a book supported by WCEU

WCEU supported the 2nd edition of the book 'Foolishness of God' by Ferenc Visky.

The book is a collection of prison memoirs written by CE minister Rev. Ferenc Visky who was imprisoned for his faith by the Romanian communist government during the 1950s. A Facebook page dedicated to his life and work can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/ferencvisky

For orders please contact Angela Lazar at angela_lazar@koinonia.ro .

The first edition of The Foolishness of God, published in 2010, sold almost 1,000 copies worldwide. The Orphans and the Raven, a book by Rev. Visky's wife, Julia, who was imprisoned in another part of the country than her husband, has also been read internationally in both English and in French. It is clear that around the world people are interested in and have been encouraged by the testimony of believers in Romania who suffered for their faith under communism.

In 1958, Ferenc Visky, a minister in the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania, was sentenced to 22 years in prison on trumped up charges of sedition against the Communist regime. His wife and their seven children were also convicted and sent to a prison camp in another part of the country. Neither were places from which the inhabitants were supposed to emerge alive but after seven years, the entire family was released.

Although given the opportunity, Visky never left Romania for the West, but served as a minister virtually up until his death. After the Communist regime fell in 1989, he was one of the people involved in the founding of Koinónia Publishing and has of late, along with his wife, Júlia Visky, proved to be among Koinónia’s most popular authors. The Foolishness of God by Ferenc Visky, a collection of reminiscences from his years in prison, is Koinónia’s first publishing foray in English.

“In prison,” said Ferenc Visky, echoing Bonhoeffer, “I learned to laugh.” To laugh, and to hold on to God, wrestling with Him for a sign. In stories he would sometimes tell of his years in the Communist prisons of 1950’s Romania and of his friends there, especially Richard Wurmbrand, controversed minister as well in that era. “The madness of the world,” says the author, “including that of the [then] Soviet system, can only be dispelled by the foolishness of God.” In 2002, Ferenc Visky compiled a slim memoir, Fogoly vagyok (András Visky, editor, Fogoly vagyok [I am a Prisoner]. Cluj, Romania: Koinónia Publishing), of some of these stories and it is on that small volume that this English edition is based. Foolishness of God answers to the callings of a world that is still trying to come to terms with the multiple genocides of the twentieth century, and with 9/11 and its aftermath of fear and suspicion.

For orders please contact Angela Lazar at angela_lazar@koinonia.ro .

May 29, 2013, 15:46 h by Anna Visky.