Watchman Nee (1903–1972) was a Chinese Christian author and church leader during the early 20th Century. He spent the last 20 years of his life in prison and was severely persecuted by the Communists in China. Watchman Nee became a Christian in 1920 at age 17 and began writing in the same year. During his 30 years of ministry, beginning in 1922, Nee traveled throughout China planting churches among the rural communities and holding Christian conferences in Shanghai. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972.
Probably the best known book of Watchman Nee’s is The Normal Christian Life. It was based on talks given by Watchman Nee at the time of and subsequent to his trip through Europe in 1938-1939. It expressed theological views on the first few chapters of the New Testament book of Romans. In the later sections of the book he presented his views on what the normal Christian life should be.