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Taming the Tiger from the Depths of Hell to…

Taming the Tiger from the Depths of Hell to the Heights of Glory: The… (2006)

by Tony Anthony

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This fast-paced, compelling, and chilling account is the deeply moving story of a three-times Kung Fu World Champion. With fascinating insight into the traditions of China's martial arts, it documents the abusive upbringing that turned a four-year-old child into a hardened professional killer. From China to Europe and across the Meditarranean, we follow Tony as he becomes an elite bodyguard, protecting some of the world's most powerful people. Following personal tragedy, Tony's extreme discipline and his philosophy of the art is quickly turned. He begins to use his skills for illegal means and highly destructive, bloodthirsty pleasure. Eventually incarcerated in jail in Cyprus, Tony hits rock bottom. Through the visits of a stranger, he is introduced to the reality and life-changing power of Jesus Christ. Though the prison walls hold him, he finds himself a free man. This is just the beginning of a complex and fascinating testimony.… (more)



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This book used to be one of my favourite Christian biographies as it is such a dramatic story or a life turned around by God. The author claims to have been a Kung Fu Champion that ended up in prison due to various serious crimes. Later he marries and becomes a Christian only to end up in prison again having accidentally knocked over an old lady whilst he was was driving at night (the lady died.) He believes that this turn of events was somehow God's punishment for mistakenly moving his family to a different ministry in a more well-to-do area. I don't think God works like this. However, he uses the time back in prison to evangelise.

I was disappointed to learn that it is believed that most of the authors story was FABRICATED. He has been interviewed regarding this and the answers given in my view were unsatisfactory. There was also a long and drawn out court case after the accident involving the lady and both the author and his wife were investigated for concealing evidence of the accident...this when they were both professing Christian's and in ministry!

This type of scandal has done more damage to the Christian Church than any good that may have come from his original testimony. His best course of action now would be to admit that eh made it up, repent and donate all the money that he has made from his story to Christian work (this book sold millions of copies.) I don't see how realistically he can continue in Christian ministry or certainly not in a leadership role.

Not recommended as it's not true!! ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
On first reading the book makes a gripping tale, and had me convinced. Then I checked out what people in the world of Martial Arts were saying about the author and it seems on closer examination it is pure fantasy.
  Arten60 | Mar 31, 2011 |
The amazing story of this man's life beginning with a childhood revolving aroung gruelling disciplines of Martial Arts. His transformation in a Nocisia prison makes this a gripping read. ( )
  docliz | Apr 19, 2010 |
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